Tag Archives: Pollution

Easy Modeling to Assess and Address Near-Road Air Quality

​Sometimes the groups most exposed to near-road air pollution are also the most disadvantaged and marginalized to do something about it. This webinar will present the Community-LINE Source Model (C-LINE): a scientifically sound, near-road air pollution model that plays almost like a video game, available to any user with a computer or tablet. C-LINE allows users not only to evaluate what is going on in their local area, but also what might happen if things change. Users can easily manipulate... Read more

Recommendations for Constructing Roadside Vegetation Barriers to Improve Near-Road Air Quality

This EPA report summarizes research findings on the best practices for building roadside vegetative barriers to improve air quality. These recommendations can be used by states, communities and individuals interested in reducing roadside pollution. Learn more... Read more

A 21st-Century Cleanup for Pittsburgh

​The most livable city. The next Portland. Among the top 10 cities to visit. Best food city. Pittsburgh has been on an ever-increasing number of best-of lists in the past few years. One list you won’t see it on, though, is cleanest water or best river life. It’s time to change that. Pittsburgh must fix its sewer overflow problem using equitable, progressive policy and technology to maintain its accelerating march toward becoming one of America’s premier cities. Read more... Read more

DC is Testing a Way to Curb Stormwater Pollution

DC’s Department of Energy and Environment has created a stormwater retention credit marketplace to address runoff. All new or renovated buildings above a certain size must capture and reuse or evaporate a specified amount of stormwater runoff. If a building exceeds the limit, its owner has to buy credits that increase the allowance. On the flip side, if a building’s runoff is under the limit, the owner can sell credits. Read more... Read more

A Park to Sop Up Pollutants Before They Flow Into the Gowanus Canal

​At the foot of Second Street in Brooklyn by the Gowanus Canal is a tiny green space with a very big job. Aptly called Sponge Park, the 2,100-square-foot plot will, when it opens next spring, intercept thousands of gallons of storm water, along with pollutants like heavy metals and dog waste, before they can enter the canal. The park’s absorbent qualities come from flood-tolerant plantings like asters, Rosa rugosa and sedge grass, as well as a network of sand beds... Read more
« Older Entries