Professional Training Center Updates

Effective January 1, 2013 online renewal classes will cost 20 dollars.

Tribal Water and Wastewater Management Institute of Rose State College will be offering a FREE Wastewater (Septic System) Training.  This is offered to tribal communities and for more information go to www.rose.edu/epa-septic-training.

Oklahoma Water Pollution Control Association (OWPCA) conference will be held October 1-4.

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Goodwill Going Green

       Oklahoma Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma (GICO) is “going green.”  Goodwill has been recycling and repurposing donated goods since 1936, but in 2004 Goodwill joined with Dell to create a technology recycling program called “Reconnect.”  This program takes items that are considered e-waste and takes the valuable components apart to reuse or recycle.  Proceeds are then returned to Goodwill to help put individuals to work. 

      GICO has furthered it’s commitment to “going green” and to the community by partnering with It’s My Community, a non-profit organization that supports and expands existing efforts to build a strong community.   With this partnership, there is a recycling tech training course that is available for people who want a career in the grefouren industry.   This paid  week training teaches job readiness skills and specific environmental issues that impact our planet.  GICO also offers another course in Environmental Tech Training that focuses on the importance of recycling procedures and the positive effects it can have on the environment.

      With programs like these, GICO has recycled approximately ten million pounds of donated goods last year and was decorated with the “Top Non-Profit Recycling Program” award for 2011.  You can help the environment and your local community by donating products to local Goodwill facilities. For more information, go to itsmycommunity.org/greenjobs or okgoodwill.org for more information.

London’s Green Olympics

     The 2008 Beijing Olympics was a spectacular display of human strength and ingenuity.  The effects of the games on China’s environment were a different story.  With an influx of people and need for raw supplies, water resources plummeted leading to the closing of factories and a rush to build new water systems to redistribute water accordingly.  The London Olympics planning committee learned from the mistakes of the 2008 games. 

     London is proudly claiming to be the “Greenest Games” in history with water supply and distribution being a huge contributor to their declaration.  London applied green principles to water consumption using recycled water to water plants and flush toilets.  A special system was also built on-site to change sewage into “Blackwater”, a form of water used for toilet flushing.  With about 80,000 toilet flushes a day, it actually saved over half of the fresh water which could then be used where necessary. 

     There was plenty of worry months before the games started because London had experienced one of the worst droughts in history.  With careful planning and public participation the London Olympics have been a success with minimal impact on the environment.  Hopefully future Olympic committees will learn and take the green process to the next level for future games.

Resources:

www.standard.co.uk/drought-fear-olympics-water-supply

Written February 12, 2012

http://aquatecuk.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/london-2012-olympics-are-greenest-games-ever/

Written July 31, 2012

Seven Energy Saving Tips for Winter

     With winter fast approaching here are some things you can do to help stay warm and lower your heating costs.

  1.  Sealant goes a long way.  Look for any cracks or gaps around doors, windows and other surfaces in your home. 
  2. After making sure your home is properly sealed, consider investing in energy saving curtains.  They are now offered in a variety of colors and styles that can match any décor.  Also, they will help in the summer as well.
  3. If your windows and doors are aged and need repair contemplate replacing them.  While it can be a large expense initially, the savings over time can be huge!  Not to mention it can increase the value of your home.
  4. Have your furnace cleaned to increase efficiency and effectiveness.  Also, if you have a fireplace make sure to have it swept yearly to prevent fires.
  5. Check your attic and see how well it is insulated.  A majority of heat can be contained in your home if it is not escaping through your attic.  The savings are two-fold and will keep costs down in the summer as well.
  6. If you have a much older heating unit and cannot afford to replace it, look into purchasing infrared heaters to place around your home.  Not only are they very low cost to run, they are portable and they are safe for children and animals.
  7. When all else fails wear more layers and stock up on blankets.  Close doors and vents in unused areas in your home.  

     There are plenty of great tips you can find online at energysavers.gov/tips and going to local home improvement stores.  Winters are harsh and costly, but small adjustments and a little investment can go a long way.