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Daily Local News – April 23, 2015

The state government is pitching in $60,000 to help Monroe County win an energy conservation prize; The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting what it calls a Dog Walk and Pooch Party this weekend on the north side of town; U.S. Senator Dan Coats, of Indiana, renewed his call today for a repeal of the medical device tax that …

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Voices in the Street – Earth Day today and into the future: How Green is your Routine?

Yesterday was Earth Day and was recognized by over 190 countries worldwide.  While earthfriendliness is encouraged globally on this one day, some people celebrate the Earth everyday.  In today’s edition of Voices in the Street, we asked your friends and neighbors what they did to celebrate earth day and also what they think Earth Day might look like over the …

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EcoReport – April 23, 2015

In today’s EcoReport feature, Bob Kissell talks to Dan and Tom Weber about the history and process of making maple syrup. EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the …

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EcoReport – Making Maple Syrup

Bob Kissell talks to Dan and Tom Weber about the history and process of making maple syrup. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:00 — 7.3MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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IN Nature – Peony

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Better Beware! – Car Wraps

A lovely little scam going the rounds offers to pay suckers for putting advertising on their cars. But it ends up working the other way around! Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:01 — 3.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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The State Is Offering Energy Consumption Grants To Religious Institutions

Five new religious congregations have received state grants to reduce their energy consumption. A press release from the Center for Sustainable Living says these five new congregations will seek to reduce their energy use by 25 to 40 percent. The 100,000 dollar grant was awarded by the Indiana Office of Energy Development and will be split between five congregations. The …

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The City Is Seeking To Amend The Rising Cost Of Sludge

Bloomington is facing rapidly escalating costs for disposal of sludge from its wastewater treatment facility. Sludge is the solid that remains after waste-water treatment and liquid removal. The Utilities Service Board of the city heard a presentation from Efrat Feferman, Assistant Director of Finance for city’s Utilities Department on the rising costs and possible short-term responses. Feferman says that the …

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Indiana Department of Environmental Management Assures Improvement in Air Quality Despite Conflicting Reports

As Indiana residents celebrate Earth Day this year, the state government says air quality throughout the state is improving. But that official line is complicated by reports from some other organizations. News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB community report. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:27 — 7.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Daily Local News – April 22, 2015

Bloomington is facing rapidly escalating costs for disposal of sludge from its wastewater treatment facility; School voucher demand in Indiana is leveling off, according to a report from Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy published last month; Five new religious congregations have received state grants to reduce their energy consumption; The Monroe County Commissioners considered an application last …

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