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EPA Applauds SCDHEC, Farmers and Landowners for Improving Water Quality in the Enoree River Watershed


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commends the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), farmers, and landowners for improving water quality in the Enoree River watershed. Two out of six places in the river and its tributaries are now meeting the state’s bacteria water quality standard for the first time since the late ‘90s.


SAFE Announces 2015 Energy Security Prize


The SAFE Energy Security Prize, powered by the InterTech Group, supports promising oil-saving technologies with a total of $175,000 in cash awards

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2015 Energy Security Prize, powered by the InterTech Group. The Prize is designed to support the critical efforts of companies whose ingenuity, leadership, and perseverance are poised to advance American energy security by helping to end oil dependence. The grand prize winner of the 2015 Energy Security Prize will receive $125,000. The first runner-up will receive $35,000, and the second runner-up will receive $15,000.


One Facility in South Carolina among 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States


Across the country, Energy Star manufacturing plants are leading their industries by saving energy and money, combating climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households. From implementing corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.


Anderson, S.C., Woman Gets Prison for Extensive Bank Fraud Scam and Environmental Crime


Nancy Stein operated American Screw and Rivet Corporation which was also sentenced

United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated late yesterday that Nancy Marie Stein, age 62, of Anderson, South Carolina , was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong in federal court in Greenville, to a total of 73 months in prison for six counts of violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344, commonly referred to as bank fraud; and 60 months for one count of violating Title 42, United States Code, Section 6928(d)(2)(A), for storing hazardous wastes without a permit. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently for a total sentence of 73 months. Stein was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $17,692,974. Stein’s Company, American Screw and Rivet Corporation (ASR) of Anderson, was placed on probation for 5 years and ordered also to pay restitution for its involvement in the bank fraud and storing hazardous wastes without a permit.


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.


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