Greenwashing Takes “Green” Industries to the Cleaners

They used to mean something. Words like “sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” “green,” “low-impact,” and “natural” set apart products and services that were better for our environment.  But once these terms became trendy, the practice of “greenwashing” (so rampant now it has its own Wikipedia page) has rendered these words virtually meaningless. First…

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Big Data Tools for the Environment – Experience EcoBlu™ Analyst

The EcoBlu Analyst  is a new tool developed by Trout Headwaters, Inc. that provides project managers, investors, non-profits and government with the power of big data in a secure, low-cost and customizable interface.  First deployed for use by the National Mitigation Banking Association NMBA Mitigation Analyst Announcement, the product easily transforms hundreds of thousands of lines of…

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Carbon Sequestration Is a Happy By-Product of 20 Years of EcoBlu Restoration

When a study came out earlier this year in the Journal of Environmental Quality showing that constructed wetlands were excellent at sequestering carbon from the atmosphere we were intrigued. At Trout Headwaters, we’ve worked to create, enhance and restore significant numbers of wetland acres over the last two decades. The…

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6 Latest Trends in Corporate Sustainability

Earlier this month Ernst & Young and GreenBiz Group released a new study, entitled ‘2013 Six Growing Trends in Corporate Sustainability.’ Based primarily on a survey of the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel of executives and thought leaders engaged in sustainability, this study reveals that “companies are increasingly connecting the dots between risk…

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How to Add Excitement to Sustainability!

Raz Godelnik, the co-founder of Eco-Libris and an adjunct faculty at the University of Delaware’s Business School, wrote a blog post for Triple Pundit that explores why sustainable topics are sometimes ho-hum. “While it would be hard to guess what specifically makes you excited, it’s probably not a sustainable product, brand or…

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Flowing Rainbows Capture the Natural Migration of the Mississippi

These incredible maps of the Mississippi River were created in 1944 by Cartographer Harold Fisk and in  Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River.  In great detail he mapped the twisting and changing path of the river over time in these swirling rainbow colors.  The result…

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Norfolk Southern and GreenTrees: Trees and Trains Project to Plant 6 Million Trees in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley

NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern has made substantial progress on its Trees and Trains reforestation program, planting 2.4 million trees on 4,000 acres in four states in the ecologically important Mississippi Delta. The Trees and Trains project is a five-year reforestation and carbon sequestration project to plant six million trees…

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Tribes’ win to restore salmon habitat may go way beyond $1B in culvert repairs

The Seattle Times reported that a federal judge has ordered culvert repairs to ensure tribes have fish to catch, as guaranteed by their treaty rights. The ruling could have broader impact on other types of development. A long-awaited tribal fishing-rights decision by a federal judge means the state must immediately…

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Drought Still Threatens Mississippi River

Discovery News recently reported that due to drought conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned that the Mississippi River could become unnavigable by mid January. However, efforts by the USACE to blast away rocks have bought more time for barge shipping, according to a press release from the American…

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The Nation’s River

From the Huffington Post In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson called the Potomac River, polluted with sewage and riddled with algae blooms, a “national disgrace.” Forty years ago this year, the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA) was signed into law, and resulted in expansive, real improvements in the health of…

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