Cutting electricity costs

U.S. drinking water and wastewater plants are joining a new EPA initiative to increase their energy efficiency and reduce municipalities' electric bills. Over the next year, with participation by more than 20 organizations, the new Energy Star Industrial Water and Wastewater Focus will develop an energy performance rating system, a guide to assessing energy efficiency opportunities, strategies for superior energy management, and innovative approaches to financing energy efficiency projects. For more information, visit

Detention pond design seminar

Properly designed detention ponds can reduce peak discharges and improve water quality. Improperly designed detention ponds can be a hazard to the public for a variety of reasons. The American Society of Civil Engineers' “Introduction to Detention Pond Design: Parking Lots and Urban Drainage” seminar—scheduled in Portland, Ore., Aug. 18–19, and in Baltimore, Sept. 29–30—will guide attendees on how to design an appropriately sized detention pond that will provide numerous benefits and limit liabilities. For more information, visit

Fund seeks to help rural projects

The Laura Jane Musser Fund is offering grants to support environmental programs in rural parts of the United States. It encourages communities (whether represented by local governments, state agencies, or grassroots nonprofit organizations), to use a consensus-based approach to environmental decision-making. Applications are accepted from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; organizations that are sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization; and units of government at the federal, state, or local level. The deadline is Oct. 1. Visit for more information.

Bipartisan group launches e-waste group

Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., Randy Cunningham, R-Calif., Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Mary Bono, R-Calif., announced the formation of the Congressional E-Waste Working Group at a press conference in Washington, D.C. The group will work to educate members of Congress about e-waste and will study potential ways of handling the waste. For more information, visit

Work-truck resource

The National Truck Equipment Association recently published its Spring/Summer 2005 Work Truck Industry Resources catalog. The publication lists an array of products, including: buyer's guides and directories; news publications; customized databases; technical information and vehicle certification; regulatory and legislative information; quality and shop safety resources; business management and market data tools; and a compensation survey report. For additional information, visit

Highway groups produce ‘green' forum

Developing a “green highway” certification program and a new Green Highway Awards initiative that would together bring national recognition to environmentally sustainable transportation projects is the focus of a forum scheduled for Sept. 26–29, in College Park, Md. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the EPA, the event is designed for transportation and environmental professionals involved in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and regulation of transportation projects. For further information, visit

Aluminum can recycling increases

The Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute, and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries have released statistics indicating that consumers and the can-recycling industry recycled 51.5 billion aluminum cans in 2004, representing a recycling rate of 51.2%. The 1.2% increase over the 2003 rate is the first increase since 1997. For additional information, visit

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