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Public Utilities, Waste Management

Florida Researchers Develop New Method to Track Ocean Trash

March 30, 2020

Via: Waste360

Scientists at the University of Miami in Florida are creating mathematical models to predict how wind, current and buoyancy help determine the speed and direction of trash in the ocean. The models, which are being tested by buoys, aim to […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

NYC Delays Implementation of Commercial Waste Zone System

March 30, 2020

Via: Waste360

The implementation of New York City’s Commercial Waste Zones bill, which was passed last October and aims to improve recycling, safety and labor standards, is being delayed by at least a month due to the impact of COVID-19. The de […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California sets electric sector GHG emissions target 56% below 1990 levels, but leaves room for more

March 27, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

The 46 MMT target reflects a 56% decrease in emissions compared to 1990 levels, and requires significant build-out of new capacity; the state is looking to procure 25,000 MW of additional renewables by 2030, including doubling California’s currently installed utility-scale […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

Financially stressed by outbreak, fire departments foray into digital

March 27, 2020

Via: StateScoop

As the novel coronavirus closes down schools and businesses around the country, essential first responders and firefighters on the front lines of relief efforts have embraced digital communication and data-sharing software to stay safe and efficient, according to several local […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

COVID-19’s Impact on Plastic Waste Reduction

March 26, 2020

Via: Waste360

Over the last few years, municipalities and companies have set goals or taken action to reduce single-use plastics. But, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, those efforts are being slowed, as the demand for bottled water, face masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning […]


Miscellaneous, Public Works

Maryland Recycler Donates 36K Masks to Healthcare Workers

March 26, 2020

Via: Waste360

Beltsville, Md.-based Sun Recycling is donating 36,000 N95 respirator masks to healthcare workers in the Washington, D.C., area who are working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. The company received the unopened boxes of masks a few months ago […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

WHO officials praise US leaders on coronavirus pandemic response: Trump is doing ‘all he can’

March 25, 2020

Via: CNBC

The World Health Organization praised the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has spread to all 50 states and infected at least 55,568 U.S. citizens. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus singled out President Donald Trump, whom he said […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

North American Power Markets Will Look Different in the 2020s

March 25, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

The next decade is expected to be another one defined by inexpensive power supply in North American power markets. Competition among renewable power developers will be fierce, and cheap capital will be plentiful. In this context, renewable energy developers, project […]


Miscellaneous, Public Works

Airport Aims to Reduce Food Waste Via Area Partnership

March 24, 2020

Via: Waste360

In the U.S., food waste is estimated to be between 30 to 40 percent of the supply, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Efforts have been made to reduce this waste, but timelines for freshness and consumption make it […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Utilities beginning to see the load impacts of COVID-19 as economic shutdown widens

March 23, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

It has been less than a week since states and major cities began instituting quarantines along with stay-home and shelter-in-place directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The full impacts on electricity usage are not yet known, but grid operators […]