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EPA Welcomes Two Regional Businesses as Environmental Leaders 08/29/2005
Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and LA-Z-BOY in Tremonton, Utah have been accepted into the Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary leadership program. The facilities join 37 other new enrollees nationwide that meet Performance Track program criteria: implementation of an environmental management system, a record of sustained compliance, and a commitment to continuous improvement and public outreach. Since the program's inception in June 2000, Performance Track membership has grown to over 370 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico. To date, participating facilities have collectively reduced their water use by 1.3 billion gallons and their generation of solid waste by nearly 600,000 tons, increased their use of reused or recycled materials by nearly 77,000 tons, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 67,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Read the latest program report.
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EPA Brownfields Job Training Program Requesting Grant Applications 08/26/2005
EPA's Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment is now requesting applications for brownfields job training grants. Applications are due September 16, 2005. The goals of the job training program are to prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental field and facilitate cleanup of brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants and petroleum. Brownfields are properties - urban, suburban, rural, waterfront, tribal, or international - that face redevelopment challenges because they contain hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
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Colorado: Rancher Turns Waste into Energy 08/16/2005
Teague Diversified, Inc., a Fort Morgan cattle feeding business, is generating electricity from manure with cutting-edge technology. Instead of a covered pit used by several other waste-to-energy operations, Gary Teague will use an above-ground, stainless steel tank that processes waste in a quarter of the usual time making the process more profitable. Teague has been making high quality compost from manure and animal carcasses for the past 10 years. After several years of phased development, the completed system could produce as much as 8 MW of electricity, and up to $2.5 million in annual income from energy and compost sales.
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Colorado: 2005 Pollution Prevention Champion Awards 08/08/2005
The Colorado Pollution Prevention Program and Colorado Environmental Partnership are soliciting nominations for individuals or teams that lead their organizations to improve environmental performance through pollution prevention. Deadline is August 24th. Eligible nominations will be from industry, educational institutions, public interest groups, retail businesses, local, state or federal government, tourism and recreation organizations. Awards will be presented at a recognition event hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in October 2005.
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Colorado: Vending Machines Reduce Energy Consumption 08/05/2005
The Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) plans to save $15,600 annually by installing more energy efficient vending machines in state buildings. OEMC is experimenting with a new energy control device called "VendingMiser" that saves energy without altering the temperature or quality of the refreshments. The VendingMiser reduces the overall number of running cycles of the motor which also saves on maintenance and repairs.
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Colorado: Parks and Resorts Company Expands Sustainable Cuisine Offering 08/01/2005
Xanterra Parks & Resorts is expanding their use of sustainable seafood through an aggressive program that includes a wide variety of new innovations in sustainable cuisine. Xanterra has made sustainable seafood a company policy for four years in all of its restaurants as well as its catering and employee dining operations.
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Colorado: Wal-Mart Tests Green Technologies 07/21/2005
A Wal-Mart Supercenter will be opening in Aurora that will feature similar green technologies as those offered in McKinney, Texas. The two experimental stores will test green technologies aimed at protecting the environment, saving energy and saving the company money. The technologies include a windmill, solar panels and a drip-irrigation system for water conservation. In addition, cooking oil from the deli and automotive oil from Tire and Lube Express will be burned to heat the building.
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Nominations Open for the Green Power Leadership Awards 06/24/2005
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) are now accepting nominations for the fifth annual Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding achievements by green power purchasers, suppliers, and industry leaders that have helped build markets for green power.
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EPA Recognizes Leading Innovators in Pollution Prevention 06/22/2005
Leading researchers and industrial innovators were recognized for significant contributions in advancing pollution prevention at the 2005 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards ceremony June 20 in Washington, D.C. A complete list of winners and their projects and awards can be found at the linked website. EPA's Green Chemistry Challenge promotes research to develop less toxic alternatives to existing technologies, and to reduce or eliminate waste generation in industrial production.
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Colorado: Refinery Reaches Agreement to Reduce Pollution 06/17/2005
Valero Refining Company has agreed to add pollution reduction equipment to its Commerce City refinery, according to an agreement reached with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the EPA. As part of the agreement, Valero will reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions at their Commerce City refinery. Valero also agreed to stricter requirements for controlling benzene waste, an enhanced leak detection and repair program and other pollution control measures.
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Utah: Grant Money Available to Communities to Assess Contaminated Sites 06/15/2005
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been awarded a $200,000 EPA Petroleum Brownfields grant to identify and assess petroleum contamination at environmentally challenged sites. Utah communities now have the opportunity to access this grant money to fund environmental assessments of underutilized properties with petroleum contamination.
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EPA Releases Final Report on Integrating Green Purchasing 06/09/2005
The EPA has released the final report on Integrating Green Purchasing Into Your Environmental Management System (EMS). It was developed by the EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Team. The goal of this report is to help Federal facilities integrate green purchasing into their EMS. The intended audience includes those tasked with implementing an EMS, reducing environmental impacts, meeting green purchasing requirements and/or buying products and services in a Federal facility.
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Compliance Assistance Centers Request Feedback 06/01/2005 and the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center are requesting feedback from site users by filling out customer surveys on how well they are meeting their customer's needs. The ChemAlliance survey can be reached from the original story link, while CICA's can be done at:
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Montana: Sustainability Fair Scheduled 05/24/2005
The annual sustainablility fair will be in Livingston, Montana on July 9, 2005. This year's theme is "Shining a Light on Sustainable Choices." Features and demonstrations will be presented in five areas including: the Speaker's Pavilion, children's activities, alternative fuels and vehicles, sustainable building and materials, and small solar applications. The fair expects to host more than 60 regional vendors offering goods and services for a sustainable way of life.
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Wyoming: Tip Sheets Help Businesses with Pollution Prevention 05/20/2005
Wyoming DEQ's Solid and Hazardous Waste Division has put together a series of educational tip sheets to help businesses with their pollution prevention and waste minimization efforts. The tip sheets cover: hazardous waste, auto body shops, vehicle service facilities, painting, dry cleaning, laboratories, oilfield services, and utility power plants.
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Utah: Company Accepted Into Clean Utah Program 05/16/2005
Autoliv’s Ogden Technical Center is one of the first companies accepted into the new Clean Utah program. This is in recognition of Autoliv’s outstanding environmental management efforts, in implementing pollution prevention as well as energy and natural resource conservation programs. Clean Utah is a voluntary program designed to recognize and reward facilities or entities that are willing to take steps, beyond those required by rule or statute, to prevent or reduce pollution.
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Colorado: Deadline Set for 2005 Phoenix Award Applications 05/13/2005
Applications for the 2005 Phoenix Awards must be received by Thursday, June 30, 2005. The awards will be given at the National Brownfields Conference in Denver, CO, November 2-4, 2005 with one winner selected from each of EPA's ten regions. Any individual, group, company, organization, government body or agency is eligible to apply for a Phoenix Award. Applications may be submitted by an individual involved in the project or by a third party.
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Communitites in Region 8 Awarded Brownfield Grants 05/11/2005
A total of $3million in EPA Brownfields grants have been awarded by the EPA for environmental assessments, cleanups, and job training activities to eight communities in Region 8. The communities come from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. EPA's Brownfields program promotes redevelopment of abandoned and contaminated waste sites.
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EPA Announces Grant Opportunities For Clean Diesel 05/06/2005
The EPA announced under its National Clean Diesel Campaign that it will be accepting applications for projects that will reduce emissions from nonroad vehicles and equipment. The EPA anticipates awarding 8-12 grants, ranging from $50,000-$150,000. The deadline for receipt of applications is July 1, 2005. There is also a link for the grant application from the EPA's website.
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Nominate Worthy Candidates for the Most Valuable P2 (MVP2) Award 05/05/2005
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable is now taking nominations for the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Awards. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding and innovative P2 projects and programs. The application deadline is May 20, 2005 and winners will be announced in July 2005.
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Colorado: Business Receives EPA ENERGY STAR Award 05/02/2005
The EPA presented an award for Excellence in Promoting Superior Energy Performance to the ENSAR Group. The Boulder-based ENSAR Group provides architectural and sustainable design consulting services to help clients reduce energy use and improve environmental quality. ENERGY STAR Awards honor businesses and organizations that help companies strategically manage their energy use.
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P2 Conference Scheduled for Canada and the Northwest 04/22/2005
The Northwest Pollution Prevention Roundtable has joined with the Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable to organize a P2 conference that will be held in Victoria, B.C. Canada from June 1-2, 2005. There will be a workshop, sessions on P2 inititives, and other events.
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Colorado: Two Companies Among Winners in Small Business Awards 04/14/2005
Two Colorado companies were among 14 companies that were awarded a total of nearly $3.2 Million in Small Business Awards for New Environmental Technologies. ADA Technologies Inc. of Englewood and TDA Research Inc. of Wheat Ridge were the two Colorado companies who will commercialize their newly developed technologies for control and monitoring of air emissions, pollution prevention, hazardous waste treatment, and homeland security.
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Montana: Company Receives Good Cents/Energy Star Award 04/12/2005
Montana Homes of Helena received EPA's 2005 Gold Achievement Award for sales of energy efficient manufactured homes. The award was presented in Salem, Oregon by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Montana Homes of Helena was presented the award for their commitment to energy conservation, by selling the most ENERGY STAR manufactured homes in 2004.
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EPA Announces Air Excellence Award Winners 04/11/2005
Two Colorado companies combined to win the Community Development/Redevelopment category of EPA's Air Excellence Awards. Transportation Solutions and Nichols Partnership joined together to develop The Cherry Creek Bike Rack. The Bike Rack project is expected to make a reduction of 6,505 vehicle miles traveled (VMT) daily. The purpose of the Bike Rack is to offer secure, indoor bicycle parking free of charge. It also provides bicycle and other transportation information for employees, residents, and visitors. The Clean Air Excellence Awards program, sponsored by EPA, recognizes and honors outstanding, innovative efforts to make progress in achieving cleaner air.
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Conference to Focus on Achieving Mercury Reductions 03/30/2005
May 23-25, EPA New England, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association are sponsoring the "Achieving Mercury Reduction in Products and Waste" conference. Federal, state, tribal, local government, and university-based mercury reduction program coordinators, staff, and regulators from around the U. S. are invited to attend and share ideas and expertise. The conference will be in Portland Maine and will feature mercury reduction in specific sectors (schools, dental clinics, etc.), policy and legislative issues, and information about mercury added products.
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Utah: Clean Utah Program Accepts Four Companies 03/18/2005
The Clean Utah Program has accepted four companies based on their commitments to reduce or prevent pollution. The four businesses are: Red Hanger Cleaners, ModusLink of Lindon, Autoliv North American Ogden Facility and La-Z-Boy Utah. Clean Utah will accept more applications through April 15, 2005. Clean Utah is a voluntary program designed to recognize and reward companies for taking steps to reduce or prevent pollution.
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EPA and DOE Recognizes Two Businesses in Region 8 03/14/2005
Ence Homes of St. George, UT, and the Colorado Springs School District 11 in Colorado Springs, CO, along with 48 other businesses won EPA and DOE recognition for outstanding contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Ence Homes was recognized in the Sustained Excellence category while Colorado Springs School District 11 was recognized in the Excellence in Energy Management category.
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Navajos Invest in Green Building Material Manufacture 03/14/2005
The Navajo Nation has decided to invest in manufacturing Flexcrete, a green building material, after rejecting an idea to build a freight aircraft. Flexcrete is similar to autoclave aerated concrete except it uses fly ash, a waste produced by power generating plants. They expect to recycle nearly 30,000 tons of fly ash per shift from the nearby Salt River Generating Plant. The use of Flexcrete can reduce dependence on lumber for building. It is fireproof, has energy-efficient characteristics, and is light and easy to use. The plant, located in an existing tribally-owned facility in Page Utah, will produce FlexCrete building blocks, floor and roof panels.
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Montana: Sustainable Business Council Lecture Series 03/09/2005
Home Resource Co-Director Matt Hisel will present a brief history and a vision for the store's future role in the community, followed by a group discussion about ways to collaboratively advance Missoula's sustainability efforts. The lecture will be held at MCAT, in Missoula, MT, on March 15, 2005 from 5pm-7pm. Home Resource is a non-profit materials re-use center that collects and sells reusable building material.
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Montana: New Green Building Store in Bozeman Launches Web Site 03/07/2005
Refuge Sustainable Building Center in Bozeman is a new store that carries a range of environmentally sustainable building materials, non-toxic paints, flooring, roofing, adhesives, and toilets to meet the needs of area residents who wish to incorporate “green” practices into their homes and offices. A lot of materials sold are recycled products or materials that do not have the dangerous preservatives and solvents that conventional materials have.
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South Dakota: Two Companies Added to EPA's Perfomance Track 03/07/2005
Two companies in South Dakota have been added to EPA's National Environmental Performance Track. They are: 3M Company of Brookings and Badlands Lodge, LLC of Interior. Performance Track rewards facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements, implement systems for improving environmental management, work with their communities, and set three-year goals for improvements in environmental performance. Only facilities with a record of sustained compliance with environmental requirements are eligible to participate in this program.
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Early Registration Deadline Nears for 2005 Environmental Summit 02/22/2005
(NPPR) April 10-14, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois is the time and place for the 2nd annual Environmental Summit. Merging the annual meetings of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, the Compliance Assistance community and the Performance Track Participants Association, the Summit gives an opportunity to renew and create relationships with more than 600 environmental leaders and innovators from all over the country. Representative from every level of government, business & industry and the non-governmental community are expected to attend. Early registration deadline is March 1st and you can register online at the conference site.
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Small Business Program and Environmental Award Nominations Due 02/17/2005
The National Steering Committee (NSC),in conjunction with the National Compliance Advisory Panel, has established the Small Business Assistance Environmental Stewardship Awards, Small Business Assistance Program Awards, and Trade Association Environmental Leadership Awards. The NSC Awards Subcommittee is seeking nominations for these 2005 awards and the deadline for submitting the nomination forms is March 31, 2005. This is the second year for these annual awards, and the first year that they are to be submitted completely on line. The Small Business Assistance Program Awards are given to recognize the leadership, service, and achievements by the programs and the individuals representing them.
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South Dakota: EPA Recognizes Two Businesses as Top Environmental Performers 02/17/2005
The EPA announced that the Badlands Lodge in Interior, South Dakota, and the 3M facility in Brookings, South Dakota have been selected as members of EPA’s National Performance Track, a voluntary leadership program for top environmental performers. Criteria for membership include demonstrating a comprehensive Environmental Management System, a history of sustained compliance with regulatory requirements, a commitment to continuous environmental improvement and a community outreach program. The program is open to public or private, manufacturing or service-oriented facilities of all types, sizes and complexity.
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Utah: Third Annual Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Awards 02/15/2005
The deadline is approaching for the Third Annual Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Awards. The deadline for submitting entries is February 16, 2005. The award recognizes Utah's best innovations and the companies that create them.
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EPA and Ford Test New Clean Diesel Technology 01/31/2005
The EPA and Ford Motor Company are refining and testing new clean diesel technology that has the potential for commercial application. It would meet stringent EPA tailpipe emission standards and is more fuel-efficient than gasoline. It is called Clean Diesel Combustion (CDC), which was developed and patented by EPA.
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Colorado: Contender For New Wind-Turbine Plant 01/18/2005
A plant that will initially employ 75 people and could employ up to 550 is being planned by a California wind-energy company. The company is eyeing Colorado and Nevada as locations to build the nation's largest wind turbines. Industry experts say that the large turbines produce far more power than small units, but only use a slightly larger surface area.
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National Tribal Conference on Environmental Managment 01/18/2005
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) is sponsoring the 7th National Tribal Conference on Environmental Management (NTCEM) in Traverse City, Michigan June 7 - 10, 2005. The conference theme is "Sacred Ground: Sustainability for Indian Country and the Earth." The conference will be held at the tribally owned Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The organizing committee is seeking presentation proposals (to be submitted by February 15, 2005).
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Tribal Leaders Summit 01/18/2005
(Sitka Tribe) The EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders' Summit, hosted by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, will be held April 17-22, 2005 in Sitka, Alaska. The theme of the Summit is "Government to Government Consultation: Effective Use of Tribal Sovereignty." Registration deadline is March 11 and request for proposals deadline is February 11.
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Denver Airport Honored with Environmental Award 12/30/2004
Denver International Airport has been accepted into the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program because of the airport’s efforts to improve the environment. Some of the airport's achievements include: reducing hazardous solid waste, a voluntary cleanup of construction debris, and recycling nearly two million gallons of propylene glycol. The program is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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Insurance Company Wants Environmental Training for Auto Body Shops 12/29/2004
Allstate is asking more than 3200 auto body repair facilities that participate in its direct repair program, to complete an autobody-specific environmental and safety-training program. This program is an online course designed to focus on safety and environmental issues specific to the vehicle repair industry. Items covered in the program include how to properly handle and dispose of hazardous materials including antifreeze, oil, and paint.
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Colorado: Students Recycle Unwanted Computers 12/23/2004
In Colorado Springs, students are dismanteling computers, printers, and keyboards that are going to be recycled at the new Waste-Not Recycling center. A partnership has developed between the company and Community Intersections, an organization that trains special-needs high school transition students and adults for work force placement. The students are learning valuable skills and Waste-Not receives electronic castoffs that are ready for a second life.
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Montana: Ag Innovation Centers Partner With Regional Growth Groups 11/23/2004
The goal of the Ag Innovation Centers is to help Montana ag producers turn their value-added products into successful businesses. There are five regional offices in Montana to help agricultural producers develop products that return greater profit than traditional agriculture commodities. Projects can include work on hormone-free meat products, vegetable growing and processing, and gluten-free products as well as other products.
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Wyoming, Colorado: EPA Awards Environmental Justice Grants 11/05/2004
The EPA has awarded two states in region 8, Wyoming and Colorado, with grants from the Environmental Justice Hazardous Substances Research Small Grants Program. The grants for this fiscal year focused on research projects related to multiple environmental risks. Because such environmental harms and risks have the most impact at the community level, the grants were awarded to community-based organizations. The grants were awarded to the Wind River Alliance of Wyoming and the Highland Economic and Community Health Organization (HECHO)of Colorado.
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Wyoming: SEE Your Future: Sustainable Entrepreneurial Economy Conference 10/12/2004
The Wyoming Small Business Development Center is sponsoring the symposium, SEE Your Future. This symposium will address sustainability as it applies to you, your business and your community. Guest speakers include, John Renesch, Michael Shuman, and Renee Moorefield.
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2005 Fuel Economy Guide Lists Top 10 Vehicles 10/07/2004
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy has released the 2005 Fuel Economy Guide in order to help consumers make informed decisions when they purchase a new vehicle. All vehicles are tested the same way in the laboratory to determine their fuel economy so that consumers can compare the results when choosing a vehicle.
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Colorado: Environmental Achievement Awards Given 09/24/2004
More than 30 Colorado individuals, businesses and organizations were recognized at an annual awards ceremony for improving environmental performance through a variety of activities. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has given these awards annually since 1997.
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Utah Launches New Pollution Prevention Program 09/07/2004
The State of Utah and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today signed a unique Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that launched Clean Utah!, a new program that recognizes and rewards business and industry for voluntarily taking steps, beyond those required by rule or statute, to prevent and reduce pollution.
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Colorado: Environmental Leadership Awardees 08/24/2004
Profiles of several Environmental Leadership Awardees including SAE Circuits, Aspen Skiing Company, and the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association.
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ChemAlliance Feature: The Hows and Whys of Environmental Self-Auditing 08/22/2004
One of the most effective ways for a company to ensure that it is meeting its environmental compliance obligations is to conduct an environmental self-audit of its facilities and operations. Monitoring compliance with environmental regulations through a self audit can provide several benefits to both the environment and the company. This article discusses how to prepare for an environmental self-audit and the importance it plays in a company’s overall environmental management system (EMS).
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