Waterless Urinals on Display at Green Schools Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Due to their many sustainable features, no-water urinal systems developed by Waterless Co., Inc., are now highlighted at the Green Schools exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Waterless urinal

Waterless Co.—and its no-water urinal systems in particular—is no stranger to being acknowledged for sustainability efforts. Earlier this year the company earned one of the highest scores—4.5 out of a possible 5—in the newEnvironmental Leader Technology Reviews program.

The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews program recognizes excellence in products and services that provide companies with sustainable and environmental benefits. Scores are determined by a panel of independent judges from organizations as diverse as PepsiCo, Staples, the University of California–Berkeley, Owens Corning, and Yahoo! Inc.

“[It] is quite an honor for us to be included in the National Building Museum’s Green School exhibition,” says Niki Bradley, Marketing Manager for Waterless Co. “The goals of this exhibit are to show what schools around the country can do to be Greener, more sustainable, and healthier places to work and learn.”

Bradley adds that an additional focus of the exhibit is that greater sustainability can prove to be a cost savings as well.

It is estimated that more than 60 million Americans spend their days working in or attending K–12 schools. “It is crucial to all of us that these structures be healthy built environments and use natural resources such as water as efficiently as possible,” says Bradley.

The exhibition, which opened earlier this year, will remain open through the end of 2013. The National Building Museum is located at 401 F St. NW, in Washington D.C.

Source: Business Wire

Photo: Waterless Co.

E-Waste Recycling: Staples Will Take It All

Staples and HP, leaders in the office supply and computing space, are coming together to combat a common enemy: electronic waste (e-waste). They’ve rolled out a nationwide plan to help consumers recycle a wide array of electronic products that could otherwise end up in landfills—and it’s just in time for Earth Day on April 22.

The good news is, it doesn’t matter where you may have bought your electronics (it doesn’t have to be from Staples) and it doesn’t matter what brand they are (good news for all you Dell and IBM users)—it all can be recycled at Staples.

electronic waste recycling

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Individuals can drop off any of the following items free at a participating Staples retail stores:

  • desktop PCs, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, external hard drives and small servers
  • computer monitors
  • printers, desktop copiers, faxes and all-in-one devices
  • mice, keyboards, modems/routers networking and PC speakers
  • shredders, streaming devices, phones and universal power supply (UPS battery backup)
  • mobile phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, digital camcorders and digital cameras

“HP is a leader in the technology industry in product reuse and recycling,” Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of sustainability and social innovation, HP said in a statement. “We recently celebrated reaching our goal of recycling 2 billion pounds of electronic products and supplies since 1987 and our collaboration with Staples will build upon this achievement and focus on increasing electronics recycling in all states.”

Estimates put the amount of e-waste produced in the US at somewhere around 50 million tons per year. The majority of that is in the form of computers and old phones. The Environmental Protection Agency says only 15-20 percent of e-waste is recycled. The rest, which includes hazardous metals go straight into landfills.

For more information about the event, or to find a store near you go to www.hp.com/us/go/recycling or http://www.staples.com/recycle.