In-house wastewater treatment system at Bayer Animal Health has recycled 1 million gallons and counting

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, Bayer Animal Health announced a milestone for a new in-house wastewater recycling system at its U.S. headquarters in Shawnee — the system has saved more than 1 million gallons of water since it started running in January. After passing through a pre-filtering process, wastewater passes through these three carbon beds, which filter out molecular-sized waste. Ultimately, water is piped into the facility's cooling system, where it evaporates during the cooling process.

A major sustainability project at Bayer HealthCare LLC’s Animal Health Division is paying off — not so much in dollars as in water prevented from ...


Out with electric pumps, in with gravity: Huge tunnel will carry wastewater underneath Shawnee

By the end of this summer, a sliver of Shawnee will be home to its own mini version of Boston’s Big Dig. This tunneling project, ...


Dogs may be dirty, but mobile wash is ‘clean ’n’ green’

Ben Toombs, 13, of Shawnee washes a collie-beagle mix named Thumper in the Bubbles 2 KC Mobile Dog Wash. Ben’s mother, Linda Toombs, purchased the eco-friendly dog wash unit this spring and uses it to wash dogs at the Shawnee Mission Park Dog Off-Leash Area as well as at special events.

For dogs, freedom often comes with a price. Mud. Lake water. Unidentified slime — that smells suspiciously like a dead opossum. For pet owners who ...


Green Living Store in Wichita!

Verde Sustainable Living to open at Mill Creek Village WICHITA — New “green” products come on the market every day, and now two Wichita brothers ...


Shawnee resident’s urban farm is an oasis in suburban landscape

Shawnee resident Warren Messinger explains his organic gardening practices to a visitor. Messinger’s garden at 6131 Long Ave. is the only stop in Shawnee — and one of just three in Johnson County — on this weekend’s Kansas City Urban Farms & Gardens Tour.

When he is asked to talk to groups about gardening, Warren Messinger says he usually keeps things short and sweet. “I tell people you stick ...


Come on Lawrence, let’s Take Charge!

Who doesn’t like to save money, right? Normally at Shop Talk we are talking savings when it comes to shopping. Today I’m going to tell ...


UN report: 80 percent renewable energy doable by 2050

By 2050, 80 percent of the world's energy could be generated by renewable energy sources. Among the new sources of energy are wind turbines, like those at the Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County.

Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met through renewable energy by the middle of the century, according to the Intergovernmental ...


Public hearing to address rate hikes that will cover cost of environmental upgrades

The Kansas Corporation Commission is holding a public hearing Tuesday for people with comments or questions on a proposal to increase electricity bills to pay ...


Cans for the Community misses goal, but sets record

Linda Klinker and Will Lunn, members of Cans for the Community, gathered aluminum cans in April 2011 in the back alley of Replay Lounge, 946 Mass.

Thousands of cans were donated to Cans for the Community during April. The amount wasn’t enough to meet the 5,000 pound goal that the nonprofit ...


Workshop on permaculture offered this month

Homeowners who want to transform their landscape into a more natural and edible environment might be interested in a five-day permaculture workshop. An idea that ...


Photos of Potter Lake celebration

Lauren Service, Overland Park, left, and Rion Glynn, Prairie Village, lay in the grass while listening to the band play during the 100 years of Potter Lake celebration Saturday, April 30, 2011 on the KU campus near Potter Lake.

On Saturday, folks gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Potter Lake, a Kansas University landmark. The event had bands, presentations on the history and ...


Solar PV system

Our Douglas County Extension office installed a 4.2 kW solar photo voltaic (pv) electricity producing system in November 2010. If you would like to look ...


Visiting Aussies see, share sustainability practices

Alida Jansen van Vuuren of Joslin, South Australia, snaps a photo of Jon Peters of Clare, South Australia, pointing at solar panels on top of a Shawnee fire truck, which power the truck's electronic equipment. The Australians visited Shawnee on Thursday, April 21, as part of a Rotary International Group Study Exchange program for professionals who work in the renewable energy field.

In many ways, South Australia is far ahead of this region when it comes to environmental sustainability. But a group of Aussies who visited Shawnee ...


Lawrence residents tell us how they plan to celebrate Earth Day.

Do you have any changes you plan to start implementing on Earth Day? We talked to folks at Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration (when the weather ...


Free coffee at Starbucks for those who bring reuseable mugs on Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Starbucks is offering free coffee or tea to anyone who brings in a reuseable mug. Among the participating stores will ...


KU holds office swap to reduce waste and spending

For those who have more manila folders than you know what to do with, full ink cartridges from two printers ago and those ancient artifacts ...


National Hanging Out Day encourages using solar and wind energy to dry clothes

Today is National Hanging Out Day. And, it's actually a call to action not one to be lazy and lounge around in your PJs. Hundreds ...


Week is full of Earth Day events

Whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty or to expand your mind with a film, lecture or concert, there are a number of opportunities ...


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