Environment

Park Recycling Bin Grant Program Provides 41 Grants

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful are funding 914 new recycling bins in public parks across the country. This is the fifth year of the Park Recycling Bin Grant Program.

According to Vicki Draughn, VP corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple Group “As communities continue to improve their infrastructure to support recycling at home and at work, this program helps address a persistent challenge, which is improving recycling opportunities for people on-the-go.”

According to Brenda Pulley, senior VP/recycling, Keep America Beautiful “Our partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group has placed bins in hundreds of parks across the U.S., in the process giving nearly 1 million people convenient access to new recycling opportunities.”

Environment

36th Annual Run for Clean Air on Sunday, April 9

The 36th annual Run for Clean Air will be held on Apr 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Hosted by the Clean Air Council, the event is Philadelphia’s longest-running charity races. The venue for the event will be Paine’s Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,  and 2,500+ runners are expected to join. The event has four races – the PHLY 10K, 5K Run, 3K Walk and Kids’ Fun Run. This year’ race is sponsored by Toyota Hybrids.

“We’re so excited to bring more than 2,500 participants together to celebrate Earth Day and broaden our community committed to protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air,” stated Joseph Otis Minott, Esq., Executive Director, Clean Air Council. “This year, we’re especially eager to use this wonderful event to let people know about important work we’ve been doing around reducing methane and natural gas emissions in Pennsylvania and nationwide.” More information is available at runforcleanair.com.

Environment, Grid

MIA Awarded Best Airport in North America for Environmental Management

The Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has awarded Miami International Airport its 2017 Environmental Achievement Award in the Environmental Management category.  Presented at ACI-NA’s 2017 Airports@Work Conference in Las Vegas, the award is for MIA’s Sustainability Project which it started Aug 2015 with Florida Power & Light Services (FPLS).

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said “This national award is well-deserved recognition for one of the largest projects Miami-Dade County has ever undertaken to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.” He added “The cost savings and energy conservation from this project is providing huge benefits to our airport tenants, passengers, and the environment as a whole.”

A total of $32 million has been spent till date under the Sustainability Project. The airport has upgraded its air conditioning and ventilation and installed energy-efficient lighting, water conservation retrofits, and other innovations. The project is expected to save MIA over 35 million KW/ year and $40 million in utility costs during the 14-year contract with FPLS. There will be an annual reduction in carbon emissions equivalent of 5,110 automobiles.