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Summer Driving

The U.S. Department of Energy has a site for fuel economy information which many drivers may find helpful in saving money, finding the right car, and checking EPA ratings. Please take a look at www.fueleconomy.gov.

By Patricia Smolin on June 15, 2012 Categories: Auto, Consumer, Environment

2011 Comprehensive Stormwater Study

The Mount Prospect Village Board contracted the engineering firm Burns & McDonnell to examine the cause of flooding that occurred throughout the Village on July 23, 2011. According to the Village website: “The scope of Burns & McDonnell’s work included examining the condition and capacity of the Village’s existing sewer system as well as analyzing flood surveys and home inspections conducted by the Public Works Department.”

The results from this project have been compiled in to a report available for viewing at Public Works and the Mount Prospect Public Library. It can also be downloaded here:  2011 Comprehensive Stormwater Study. For more info: July 23rd Flood Study Report Available.

By julie collins on April 20, 2012 Categories: Community, Environment

Harper College: Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate

 Harper College has started an Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate. The College’s solar energy course – a first step toward the new Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate – drew 16 students for the fall term. Launched by a $63,000 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant, which helped with the purchase of new lab equipment, Harper added a wind energy course to the curriculum this spring. The entire Alternative Energy Certificate program, geared to those already in the industrial electronics industry and those just starting out, requires credits in solar and wind energy and a variety of other electronics courses.

By MPPL on June 9, 2011 Categories: Education, Employment, Environment

SWANCC Recycling Program

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and its member communities are offering a Holiday Light Recycling Program, free of charge. Please take a look at the convenient locations listed at http://www.swancc.org/recycling/holidaylights.html.

By MPPL on November 29, 2010 Categories: Environment