Environmental Impacts Articles

  • Cardboard baler helps Echo Food Shelf reduce hunger - Case Study

    One epidemic that has taken our nation by storm is hunger.  According to a Feeding America Study, 1 in 7 Americans relies on a food pantry for food assistance every month.  A staggering 1 in 4 military families need help providing their loved ones with enough food to eat.  More and more children under the age of 18 rely on school meals as their main source of daily nutrition.  ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • World’s busiest airport opens new terminal - Case Study

    Four years in the making and twice the size as originally planned, the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, opened its new terminal on May 16, 2012. The new terminal, titled Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International, is dedicated for international travelers and is expected to reduce the demand on existing airport ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • How the Indianapolis Airport Authority is going green while saving money - Case Study

    The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) is actively supporting environmental sustainability efforts as a member of the global aviation community.  The IAA is “committed to engaging in environmentally responsible, sustainable operations, and minimizing any adverse environmental impacts.” This progressive group has identified three main ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • ReStore – Recycling building materials and cardboard too! - Case Study

    Each year, ReStore in New Brighton, Minnesota keeps at least 690 tons of Twin Cities building materials from entering the landfill! With amazing recycling results under their belt, Restore is always aiming at doing more to help the Earth. They are building a new ReStore in South Minneapolis, scheduled to ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Environmental impact of cured-in-place pipe renewal on an asbestos cement water main

    According to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) estimation, asbestos cement (AC) pipe accounts for approximately 15% of the total length of pipe networks for water distribution systems in North America; and just as other pipe materials, the AC mains are deteriorating and are in need of attention/renewal. However, there are concerns surrounding the environmental impact of AC pipe ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • PeCOD® Case Study #13 Airport De-Icing

    De-icing of aircrafts and airfield pavement is important to ensure the safety of passengers and cargo operators. These operations can have negative environmental impacts, due to the presence of ethylene glycol and propylene glycol, which contribute to high levels of BOD in surface water.  Regulations are in place to ensure that waste from de-icing operations are properly collected and ...


    By MANTECH Inc.

  • Environmental Impact does NOT equal risk

    Auditing the new ISO 14001:2015:  Environment Impacts does not equal Risk In recent transition audits, there has been one common misconception that I have seen repeated, and that is that environmental impacts are risks.  This is not correct.  Environmental impacts do not equal risk. Let’s start ...

  • Building Box Culverts with Articulated Cable Concrete Block Systems

    When you need to manage the flow of water in an area with streams, heavy rainfall or otherwise consistently wet conditions, the box culvert stands the test of time. Box culverts have been around for many years for a good reason: they can be excellent tools for directing and controlling water so it doesn’t cause erosion and interfere with roads, trails or other manmade structures that need ...

  • How food production impacts global groundwater supplies

    The ever-increasing global trade in food is accelerating groundwater depletion in many areas of the world, emptying aquifers faster than they can be naturally recharged, according to newly released research. Although groundwater depletion is a well-known and frequently studied issue, the new research focuses on how groundwater supplies are affected by international trade. Agricultural ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • How to Make a Positive Impact on the Environment This Earth Day

    This Saturday, April 22, 2017, marks the 47th annual Earth Day. Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was concerned that environmental issues were not being addressed. He created the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, as an educational “teach-in,” with celebrations taking place at ...

  • Airport De-Icing Operations and Waste Water - Case Study

    De-icing of aircrafts and airfield pavement is important to ensure the safety of passengers and cargo operators. These operations can have negative environmental impacts, due to the presence of ethylene glycol and propylene glycol, which contribute to high levels of BOD in surface water.  Regulations are in place to ensure that waste from de-icing operations are properly collected and ...


    By MANTECH Inc.

  • Food Recovery Innovators

    A YEAR ago, ReFED: Rethink Food Waste released its groundbreaking report, “A Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste by 20 Percent” (Roadmap). Integral to the Roadmapare 27 solutions, categorized into Prevention, Recovery and Recycling. ReFED applied four screening criteria to identify the highest priority solutions for its report, including: “Is the solution limited to specific ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Food waste prevention roadmap factors in water savings

    Food waste is a critical problem affecting business, communities, the environment and water scarcity worldwide, but the problem is particularly acute in the United States, according to a report from ReFED. ReFED is a group of businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and government leaders committed to reducing food waste. It was formed in early 2015 to create a Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, the ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Calculating Economic Impact Of Commercial Organics Ban

    Quantitative and qualitative analysis conducted in Massachusetts indicates growth in employment and revenues after implementation of the commercial organics waste ban. Reducing disposal of food materials, and driving food to higher and better uses, are increasingly top priorities all across America and internationally. Wasting food wastes resources that could be put to a much better use, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Geosynthetics and their impact on Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG)

    Abstract The impact of geosynthetics in a pavement structure will skew the estimate of damage over time, due to pavement distresses if appropriate testing has not been conducted on them. This article speaks to how geosynthetics can be incorporated into the MEPDG to ascertain how a design will be affected due to load (traffic) and environmental (climate) stresses. It has been ...


    By Nilex

  • Environmental impact assessment of a package type IFAS reactor during construction and operational phases: a life cycle approach

    In the present study, a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach was used to analyse the environmental impacts associated with the construction and operational phases of an integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) reactor treating municipal wastewater. This study was conducted within the boundaries of a research project that aimed to investigate the implementation related challenges of a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sustainability isn’t for later. 10 ways any business can build a more credible sustainability story

    Sustainability isn’t a priority right now. We need a full sustainability strategy before we can start. I need to calculate what the ROI would be first. All of these are common objections to taking the first steps on any organization’s sustainability journey. In fact, credible sustainable action can be accomplished by organizations of any size and it doesn’t have to be costly or ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • Mapping Europe`s environmental future: understanding the impacts of global megatrends at the national level

    This report sets out the logic for identifying the implications of Global Mega Trends at the national, regional or European level, and aims to provide inspiration to EEA member and cooperating countries to undertake their own national studies. It describes the context and the reasons why understanding global trends is important, and sets out a suggested methodology for doing so. ...

  • Product stewardship – recycling’s little helper

    Like many veteran recycling professionals, I have faced serious challenges in making the wish of recycling all materials come true.  Although paper, cardboard, cans and bottles have ready markets and collection infrastructure; computers, mattresses and other items did not.  They were the problem items that went into dumpsters because costs and lack of mechanism gave them little chance ...

  • Environmental Beer Innovation

    Are Edible Pack Bindings the Solution? In 2016 the British population drank an average of 15,000 pints of beer every minute. Meanwhile in 2015, 63 billion gallons of beer was consumed in the USA, 50% of which was from a can. Whilst these statistics may have the beer companies and brewers smiling with glee, these are not good figures, ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

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