New England takes a bite out of Food Waste

Commercial composting facility - photo courtesy of NPR.org
Commercial composting facility – photo courtesy of NPR.org

Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut all have laws limiting the amount of food that producers, stores, and food providers can to send to landfills. Instead of throwing away excess food, businesses and institutions must donate it to organizations that will use it to help feed the needy. Or they may transfer it to facilities that compost or otherwise productively use it. Continue reading New England takes a bite out of Food Waste

DNA terrorist-ID-methods used to identify littering culprits and raise public awareness

photo courtesy of Hong Kong Cleanup
photo courtesy of Hong Kong Cleanup

Science developed to help the U.S. Department of Defense identify terrorists was employed to identify Hong Kong litterbugs. Hong Kong Cleanup (HKC), an environmental NGO, recently used proprietary DNA phenotyping techniques, available for purchase by credit card, in an effective anti-littering awareness program. Continue reading DNA terrorist-ID-methods used to identify littering culprits and raise public awareness

Indy’s EV fleet to go from 195 to 425 cars

photo courtesy of extremtech.com
photo courtesy of extremtech.com

What may be the world’s largest municipal electric vehicle (EV) fleet is about to become even larger.  One hundred ninety five plug-in electric cars have already been put into service over the past year in the Indianapolis, Indiana government motor vehicle fleet. Those cars replaced gasoline powered ones that averaged only 16.6 miles per gallon. According to a report prepared by Vision Fleet (VF), the company that leases and maintains the electric vehicles, the EV’s will not only reduce emissions, but also total lifetime vehicle costs to the city. Continue reading Indy’s EV fleet to go from 195 to 425 cars