Free Watershed Academy Webinar 11/28/12

Free Watershed Academy Webinar on “How’s My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps” on Nov. 28, 2012 at 1-3pm EST

 

The US EPA is promoting their new apps and website which will  let users quickly learn about waterways in the USA, condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams  from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer:   http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway    The app  uses mobile device locations or a user-entered zip code/city name  to send information on their local quality of water bodies. Way cool!    The webinar will also discussion the SwinGuide  (find a close beach and get beach status information!) and the RiverView (share pictures of your favorite river and share information on its condition) – two other apps you must check out and promote as well!

Note from their website:  “This app was released on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation’s water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship.”

Register for this webinar, view archived webinas or find out more!

 

EPA’s Interactive GHG Map Tool

Now available is comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data for 2010 from facilities in 9 industry groups, including 29 source categories which directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels and industrial gases  through the EPA’s GHG Reporting Program.  Check out the new EPA’s interactive GHG Map Tool to visual see and identify nearby sources of GHGs which could be a great tool to local governments and businesses to track and hopefully curb their emissions.

Energy Star’s Battle of the Buildings!

Teams from 245 buildings across the nation are in a head-to-head battle to see who can reduce their energy the most. From this field, a small group of top-performing finalists will compete to be the country’s top energy saver–and winner of the 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition. Among those competitors are dozens of state and local entrants, including courthouses, town halls, schools, LIBRARIES , and community centers. How will Colorado’s Dillon Town Hall measure up against Indiana’s Kokomo High School? Will Bradenton, Florida’s Manatee County Historical Courthouse reduce its energy use more than the Hawaii State Capitol Building? Visit http://www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings to learn more and to cheer all the state and local government participants.

2010 Winner was Morrison Hall, UNC at Chapel Hill came out on top by cutting its energy use by 36% in just one year!

Spread the Word at Work

From EPA’s Energy Star website Spread the Word at Work offers download tip cards and posters to share with co-workers, distribute at events, and hang in your employee break room such as Bring Your Green to Work Poster and Bring Your Green to Work Tip Card.  The also offer a Green Team Checklist and guides on how to improve energy efficiency for  Employees, Executives, Building Managers, or Small Businesses.  Also use this search to check out which hotels, schools, offices and other buildings use 35% less energy than others in your area.

eCycling

This EPA  eCycling page offers some information on  recycling of electronic products like computers, tvs, cell phones, etc.  There is some general information on reusing, recycling and buying green for electronics.You can search via a map for regional and State electronics recycling programs. There is a good list of organization if you are looking to donate or recycle your computer. They also offer some interesting statistics on end of life electronics if you are curious. The Regulations page dives into legislation and mandates on used electronics. Over all is a very useful online information resource for your library or your patrons.