Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 Introduced
A bill to establish centers of excellence for innovative storm-water control infrastructure, and for other purposes was introduced in the congress this November. Planned carefully and implemented diligently, green storm-water infrastructure can be a cost-effective way to manage our nation’s water while providing multiple economic and environmental benefits to communities. See more here!
Product Environmental Performance Standards & Ecolabels for Federal Procurement
“As the largest purchaser in the world, the U.S. government is working to reduce its environmental footprint” – In order to do this, EPA is seeking comments on its proposed Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement to help federal purchasers select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals. A great way to make a business case for sustainability!
EHS professionals – Here is a handy calendar listing the major NAEM events for the coming year!
America Recycles Day, 2013
Do You Know? America Recycles Day is celebrated on 15th Of November every year! Recycling may be towards the lower end of the waste management options in order of their environmental impact (reduction, reuse, recycling and recover), but it is very powerful as it creates awareness about environmental stewardship and empowers people and communities to make everyday choices that are good for the planet. Internet resources abound to give you tips about how to effectively reduce your household’s environmental footprint. Take a peek at one such article that appeared last year on ENN here!
Minamata Convention on Mercury to Phase Out Mercury Use in Thirty Years.
Global action pledged to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds! The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted and opened for signature on 10 October 2013, at a UNEP diplomatic conference in Kumamoto, Japan. 91 countries and the European Union signed the Convention. The Treaty aims to end mercury use within 30 years. To read more, click here!