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January is National Radon Awareness Month
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It’s easy to ignore, but it could be present in your home, school or office. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming about 20,000 lives annually, or slightly more than two every hour. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test. Order a radon test kit today from Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health.
Saint Paul Public Schools Recycle Milk Cartons
Saint Paul Public Schools is rolling out milk carton recycling at all district schools this year. The milk cartons are collected in a new blue barrel on the cafeteria sort line. They are then hauled to a material recovery facility along with other recyclables, to be sorted, bailed and shipped to a paper mill. The paper mill converts the cartons into pulp to be used in new products. Milk carton recycling is one step that Saint Paul Public Schools is taking to help the state reach a recycling goal of 60 percent by 2020. Ramsey County staff and other volunteers are assisting the students with sorting their lunch waste.
Recycling Works for Metro Manufacturing
Metro Manufacturing, a metal shop/fabricator in St. Paul, is the latest business to use the BizRecycling program to save money through recycling. BizRecycling consultant, Waste Wise, assisted Metro Manufacturing in finding the best recycling program for its needs and issuing bids for collection services. The company is saving over $1,500 annually, while diverting around 14,000 pounds of waste each year by adding recycling bins and consistent signage throughout their offices and shop. You can find more information about BizRecycling and free consultation services for businesses at LessTrash.com.
2015 Going Green Guide Coming This Spring
Work is nearing completion on the 2015 issue of the Going Green Guide, Environmental Health’s annual recycling guide mailed to all households in Ramsey County each spring. Topics include recycling at home and at work, green events, household hazardous waste, yard waste, composting and more. See last year’s Going Green Guide for an example. Additional copies will be available for distribution, contact to Tara Roffler at 651.266.1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org to order extra copies.
The Energy Innovation Corridor is a National Model for Clean Energy and Transportation
The Energy Innovation Corridor (EIC) is a showcase of energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation and smart technology projects and programs. Since 2010, EIC projects have avoided more than 3.2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, conserved more than 400 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and produced nearly $67 million of economic impact.
Ramsey County, along with 22 other public, private and nonprofit organizations, has worked to create economic vitality and reduce carbon emissions in the EIC which is located along the Metro Transit light rail Green Line, from Union Depot in Saint Paul to Target Field in Minneapolis. The county’s contributions include significant energy efficiency projects in county buildings including the Union Depot renovation that achieved US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. Union Depot hosts four public electric vehicle charging stations powered by renewable energy and supports a range of other alternative transportation modes. The county also installed a solar hot water system at its Law Enforcement Center, in partnership with the City of St. Paul and District Energy.
The five-year EIC partnership, facilitated by Xcel Energy, formally ended in 2014, but the model projects will lead to continued energy savings and may be replicated in other areas of the metropolitan region and the nation for years to come.
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