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Weekly Update 11 September 2006

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Buffalo River Cleanup -- Forum
  • Great Lakes WRDA Letter
  • Green Buildings Legislation
  • Combined Heat and Power Conference


Buffalo River Cleanup -- Forum

The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Friday, September 15, will host a public forum on the economic advantages of improving environmental quality in the Buffalo area. The forum will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  It will feature a presentation by Dr. John Braden from the University of Illinois concerning the results of a two-year study on the economic value of cleaning up the Buffalo River, specifically about how many homeowners may realize gains in house prices as a result of cleanup activities in the river. Other speakers include Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; State Senator Mark Schroeder; Mary Beth Giancarlo Ross of EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office; Abby Snyder of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation; Jill Spisiak Jedlicka with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; and Helen Domske with New York Sea Grant and University at Buffalo. A boat tour of the Buffalo River, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, will be onboard the historic firetug Edward M. Cotter.  Contact and RSVPs to:  Nicole Mays at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202-584-3378).  


Great Lakes WRDA Letter 

The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating letters in support of provisions benefiting the Great Lakes in WRDA.  Both chambers have passed differing versions of the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 2864), and those difference must be addressed.  For more information about the Great Lakes provisions passed by the House and Senate, go to http://www.nemw.org/H-S-WRDA06.pdf.  The deadline for Members of Congress to sign onto these letters is Wednesday, Sept. 13th.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).


Green Buildings Legislation

Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) recently introduced the High-Performance Green Building Act of 2006 (S. 3591 and H.R. 5931).  The companion bills call for an Office of High-Performance Green Buildings within the General Services Administration (GSA).



Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Conference
 

The seventh national CHP Roadmap Workshop will be held in Seattle from September 13-15.  Information and registration forms can be found at http://www.energetics.com/7thchproadmap.html.

 


 

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