Waste Management Introduction & Compliance Workshop at Kentucky EPA: A Brief History of Waste Regulations in the United States 1965 – 2002

May 23, 2018, I had an opportunity to attend a workshop organized by the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) of Department for Environmental Protection (DEP), Kentucky. The workshop provided brief introductory workshop on waste management and compliances to help participants understand new amendments of regulations governing hazardous waste, and how to comply with them. Participants … Continue reading Waste Management Introduction & Compliance Workshop at Kentucky EPA: A Brief History of Waste Regulations in the United States 1965 – 2002

The conflicting nature and tradeoffs of planning: The case of the flooded trail

Little Miss Urbanite

Walking the streets–or Northampton’s case, its trails–is when a person learns about the environment. We took a pre-lunch walk with Joe along the Smith College Trail, which runs right beside the Mill River.

We were also left with a few lessons on the reality of what planning work entails because of an eroded part of the trail. This is a micro-level example of something that planners have to deal with, but it’s a fascinating case for me all the same, because of the public-private interplay on land. It was also a good case for my buddy Fai, who is an environmental engineer working on phytoremediation. Let’s take a closer look.

About the trail

Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 10.46.28 PM.png The red line shows the entirety of the Smith College trail. (Take note of the terrain elevations.)

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Living buildings, green infrastructure, and the collective effort for sustainable cities

Little Miss Urbanite

It’s been a roller coaster of a ride, going to Whately, Amherst, Williamsburg, Hampshire, Holyoke, and all the places where we can learn so much about sustainability, so here’s a rather loaded post on what we’ve learned here in the beautiful area of the Pioneer Valley in the past two weeks.   We got to study and immerse ourselves in places that tackle medicinal meadows to breathing buildings, from fish elevators and carbon-free cities to spiritual environmentalism.

Let’s start with Whately.

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Governor’s Hurricane Conference

Florida is the only tropical state in the United States. While images of beaches and vacation are the first thing that comes to mind, there is also a price to pay by being situated by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes have battered the state for decades and have incurred billions in … Continue reading Governor’s Hurricane Conference

Standing Up for Environmental Sustainability- Somethings gotta stop, something’s gotta start

Just as every end promises a new beginning, Every beginning equally requires some ends. As yesterday marked the end of 4 fine weeks at the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department, the immense immersions in enthralling experiences promises numerous new beginnings in my future path in journeying with sustainability. As I am at … Continue reading Standing Up for Environmental Sustainability- Somethings gotta stop, something’s gotta start

The Tipping Point 1: Climate Change- Solutions/ Salvation

Climate Change Impacts: Reverse by Restoring; Sherlocked by Shorelock; An Olive Branch; and Risk Management-   Sometimes so much of a mess is made of something that we feel like it is just beyond any resolve, undoing, forgiveness.in a fit of rage much is often said which cannot be unheard, acts done and scars born. … Continue reading The Tipping Point 1: Climate Change- Solutions/ Salvation