Environment

Surfers Become Citizen Scientists

Surfers Become Citizen Scientists As Surfboard Fin Collects Critical Ocean Data SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Aug. 29, 2016 — For more than 30 years, the Surfrider Foundation has leveraged citizen science to identify and solve issues facing their coasts. Once again, Surfrider will be engaging the community, specifically surfers, to collect critical data in a nearshore environment using a surfboard fin, called the Smartfin. The Smartfin is a surfboard fin with sensors that measure multiple ocean parameters including salinity, pH, temperature, location, and wave characteristics.  The data surfers acquire while in the water will become accessible in near real-time to the global…

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Sustainable Construction and Engineering Details – Brock Environmental Center

Chesapeake Bay Foundation facility, a Hourigan Construction project, becomes one of the most recent and rare Living Building Challenge certification recipients Virginia Beach, VA —- May 13, 2016 The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today announced the award of the prestigious Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification to the Brock Environmental Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility located on the Lynnhaven River at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, Va. For a construction company, designers, and engineers, achieving this certification required going outside of the typical toolbox for new building methods, renewable technologies, and sustainable materials from around the world. The LBC certification, given by…


Changing Earth Team Completes Arctic Expedition

University of Minnesota Professor and adventurer completes 175-mile grueling journey across the Arctic Minneapolis, MN – May 08, 2016 —- University of Minnesota professor and adventurer Aaron Doering and his team completes a trek of more than 175-miles over three weeks to learn about and document the challenges in the North around the changing environment. The team endured bitter and unpredictable weather conditions and treacherous terrain as they skied and snowshoed, pulling large sleds over 200 lbs each with their gear and technology. They traveled between the Inuit communities of Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet in the Canadian Arctic, crossing…


Increase Reported in Flint Area Deaths

EMSL Analytical offers both PCR and traditional culturing methods to identify the pathogen that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Ann Arbor, MI —- Monday, May 2, 2016 EMSL Analytical, Inc. Laboratory Locations In April, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated the number of deaths that have been associated with people in Genesee County who have developed Legionnaires’ disease. According to the MDHHS, 12 deaths and 91 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have now been identified in the county from 2014 through 2015. The agency reports, “The public health investigation has looked at a number of potential exposures that the…


SeaWorld & Guy Harvey Partner For Ocean Health

ORLANDO, Fla., April 27, 2016 —- SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (SEA) and world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey today announced a new partnership focused on ocean health and the plight of sharks in the wild.  The two organizations will partner to raise awareness of these important issues, and collaborate on science and research to increase understanding of how to better protect these critical predators and their habitats. “SeaWorld is committed to raising awareness of the plight of sharks in the wild and the oceans they live in.  As part of our commitment that we made in March of this…


A Big ‘Green’ Organic Step Forward: J&J Distributing

Saint Paul, MN March 31, 2016 —- Today J&J Distributing, a produce distributor located near the State Capitol in St. Paul for almost half a century, is announcing it has achieved a couple of pioneering “firsts” for the Minnesota food industry. “We are excited to bring bold innovation to the market by building the first and largest commercial, certified organic greenhouse in the country, and the first urban certified organic indoor growing facility,” owner Jim Hannigan explains. Twin Cities’ co-ops and popular food retailers, as well as the Produce Exchange at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis, will now be…


HindSite Releases Infographic for Green Industry

St. Paul, Minnesota March 24, 2016 —- The 2016 Green Industry Benchmark Report marks the fourth year that HindSite Software, the leading provider of field service software to the green industry, has released the comprehensive report on hundreds of business owners. With over 40 pages of analysis and more than 60 graphs, the 2016 Green Industry Benchmark Report is the most comprehensive survey of the green industry freely available. To accompany the report, HindSite has now released an infographic to visually represent some of the key findings. With 82% of survey respondents reporting year-over-year growth, there is optimism within the…


Maryland Farmers are Breaking Records

Annapolis, Maryland March 01, 2016 —- A small airplane swoops low over a field of golden soybeans, and then zooms back up into the air before making another round at Maryland Soybean Board member Schmidt Farms, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. “What we’re doing is an aerial application of cover crops,” explains Hans Schmidt, on a sunny day last fall. “Applying the cover crop seeds while the original crop is still in the field allows us to take advantage of seed mixes that produce dual results for soil health.” Schmidt Farms is one of many Maryland farms which…