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Proterra Introduces Extended-Range Electric Bus, Flexible Battery System

New product options can be customized to meet specific route needs

To more fully serve the diverse needs of the North American transit market, Proterra Inc., the leading provider of zero-emission battery-electric buses, has launched a new extended-range product line.  With the introduction of the new TerraVolt™ XR extended-range battery, Proterra buses can now be configured to travel up to 180 miles between charges. This newest high energy density battery complements the existing TerraVolt™ FC fast-charge battery which has been extensively tested over nearly one million customer revenue miles.


USGBC SC Chapter Announces Leadership for 2015

SC Chapter Board of Directors Announces New Leaders for 2015

Douglas Rackley the SC Chapter Chair for 2015 is a LEED AP BD+C and project architect with DP3 Architects in Greenville, SC. Where he is an architect in the Community Studio and manages a diverse portfolio of urban projects. Douglas promotes sustainable best practices throughout his work and has presented at sustainability conferences. He earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University. He is a member of American Institute of Architects, AIA Greenville, the American Rainwater Catchment Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Douglas is an alumnus of Leadership Greenville Class XXV and served on the USGBC SC Upstate Branch Steering Committee. He was SC Chapter Vice Chair in 2014.


Health Product Declaration Collaborative to Launch HPD v2.0 in March

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPD Collaborative) sent notice to all online platform account holders that a “Release Candidate” of the version 2.0 Health Product Declaration (HPD) online platform will be available for use this March. Account holders also learned that the Manufacturers Advisory Panel (MAP) will begin beta testing version 2.0 on February 2nd. The HPD Collaborative also announced that it will make HPD version one PDFs available to partnering product libraries and Visionary Sponsors.    


College Football Fans Divert Over 2 Million Pounds of Material from the Landfill in 2014 GameDay Recycling Challenge


Friendly Competition Boosts Recycling and Reduces Waste in College Football Stadiums

College football stadiums are full of passionate fans, unforgettable plays, and ample opportunity for waste reduction and recycling. This season, college and university students and alumni taking part in the GameDay Recycling Challenge recycled or reused 1,098 tons of bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, food scraps, and other recyclables, resulting in a reduction of 3,358 metric tons of greenhouses gases emitted. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 707 passenger vehicles, or the emissions produced by the annual electricity use of 306 households.


EPA Awards South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium a $78,564 Environmental Education Model Grant


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (SCSGC) with a $78,564 environmental education model grant for their Sowing the Seeds of Estuary Health: Exploring Tidal Creek-Salt Marsh Ecosystems while Raising Awareness project proposal. The proposal intends to increase the stewardship of tidal creek-salt marsh habitats, thereby protecting coastal waters and reducing human health risk. To accomplish this goal, SCSG will develop a tidal creek-salt marsh environmental education model that includes three levels of engagement: environmental information, outreach, and stewardship to increase understanding and care of these ecosystems.


All S.C. Utilities Now Committed to Removing Coal Ash Out of Lagoons and Away from Rivers

Agreement in Principle Reached to Clean Up Duke Energy’s Lee Site in South Carolina

Representing Upstate Forever and Save Our Saluda, the Southern Environmental Law Center announced an agreement in principle with Duke Energy to remove all of its coal ash at its W.S. Lee facility from the banks of the Saluda River near Greenville and Anderson, South Carolina, to safer, dry lined storage away from the river.  

“With this announcement, our advocacy and litigation have obtained commitments from all public utilities in South Carolina to clean up leaking coal ash lagoons on South Carolina’s rivers,” said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.  “This is a historic accomplishment for South Carolina’s rivers and clean water.  Duke Energy has agreed to do the right thing in South Carolina and move over 3.2 million tons of its coal ash from the banks of the Saluda River to safer, dry lined storage. ”


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