Getting the Green Message Straight

The "going green" trend is everywhere these days, clinching the fact that it is here to stay. While there are many great green products and practices out there, "greenwashing" remains a concern. In an effort to jump on the sustainability bandwagon, many companies are eager to tout their products as green and their business as environmentally friendly. With so many claims out there, it is hard to know what "green" really means.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor for Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Publication Date: 
October 9, 2012
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October 9, 2012
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Culligan Matrix Solutions Hosts Commercial & Industrial Water Treatment Forum

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Culligan Intl.
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The forum will feature training and continuing education, introduce new programs, share best practices and review the latest industry data

Culligan Matrix Solutions is holding a Commercial and Industrial Forum Oct. 8 to 9 in Rosemont, Ill. Culligan dealers from North America are gathered for high-level training and continuing education, the introduction of new programs, sharing best practices and viewing the latest industry data impacting this business sector.

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October 9, 2012

WaterSense 2012 Partners of the Year Announced

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WaterSense Partners of the Year recognized for their leadership in promoting WaterSense labeled products and new homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized five WaterSense Partners of the Year at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas for their leadership in promoting WaterSense-labeled products and new homes:

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October 5, 2012

Pennsylvania DEP, EPA Crack Down on Water and Wastewater Violations

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Department of Environmental Protection
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Mobile home park owner fined more than $1.3 million for violations in 17 counties

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it has signed a $1,339,000 joint consent decree with GSP Management Co., Frank T. Perano and related companies due to drinking water and wastewater issues at 73 mobile home parks, 70 of which are in Pennsylvania.

The consent decree addresses specific violations at 32 of the Pennsylvania mobile home parks. At the agencies' direction, the company has agreed to take various corrective measures.

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October 4, 2012
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USGS Field Scientists Publish Flooding and Drought Alerts

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U.S. Geological Survey
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ProjectAlert notifications describe real-time flood, drought or water quality conditions across the country

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released ProjectAlert, which allows users to keep up with USGS scientists as they respond to floods, droughts and chemical spills. These alerts are official, yet informal notices that describe flood, drought or water quality conditions across the country, as well as how USGS field crews are responding to the events.

ProjectAlert notifications are published in real time by a USGS field scientist and let you know when the scientist is:

Publication Date: 
October 1, 2012

Efficient & Eco-Friendly

Stepping to the helm of a business is always an exciting challenge – but doing it on the eve of the biggest recession the U.S. has experienced in decades makes the challenge that much more arduous.

That is the situation Jessica and Ben Larson, owners of Indianapolis Soft Water Service Inc., faced when they purchased the business from Jessica’s father in 2006. Despite the challenges, the couple has successfully steered the business through the tough economic times while also staying true to their commitment to environmental responsibility.

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Indiana dealership tackles the economy with an eye on water conservation

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor for Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007. Additional reporting provided by Assistant Editor Nicole Bowling.

Publication Date: 
September 28, 2012
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September 28, 2012

Coca-Cola Partnership to Bring Clean Water to Communities in Need

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The Coca-Cola Co.
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Partnership with DEKA R&D will provide water purification systems to rural parts of Latin America and Africa

To further advance the Coca-Cola Co.’s goal to replenish 100% of the water used in its beverages and their production by 2020 and support sustainable communities, the company announced a long-term global clean water partnership with DEKA R&D to bring DEKA President Dean Kamen’s “Slingshot” technology to communities where potable water access is limited. The company and DEKA R&D also will partner with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and Africare to bring the technology to communities in need in rural parts of Latin America and Africa, respectively.

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September 28, 2012

NSF Appoints Clif McLellan Vice President of Global Water Div.

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NSF Intl.
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McLellan has more than 18 years of experience with NSF, most recently serving as director of toxicology

NSF Intl. appointed Clif McLellan as vice president of its Global Water Div.

McLellan has more than 18 years of experience with NSF, most recently serving as director of toxicology for the past 12 years, helping companies, governments and industries improve the safety of water and water-related products globally, including water treatment chemicals, distribution, reuse systems, drinking water filters, pipes and plumbing components, as well as spas and pools.

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September 27, 2012

Censky Challenge for Research Receives More Than $50,000 in Donations

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Water Quality Assn.
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The donations will be given to WQRF to support projects and independent studies

The Censky Challenge was named for Pete Censky, who stepped down this spring as executive director of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) after 25 years. WQA committed to matching all contributions, up to $25,000—the original goal for donations. Funds are being delivered to the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF).

With WQA’s matching contribution, more than $75,000 total will be provided to WQRF.

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Publication Date: 
September 26, 2012
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IBWA Issues Statement on Mass. Attorney General Upholding Bottled Water Sale Ban

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IBWA
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IBWA says any actions that discourage people from drinking bottled water are not in the public interest

The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) issued the following statement regarding the decision by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to support banning bottled water sales in Concord:

“We are disappointed in the decision by the state attorney general to approve the amendments to the bylaws of the town of Concord, Mass., that ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve PET bottles within the town, and we are exploring all available options to continue to oppose the bylaw.

Publication Date: 
September 25, 2012
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