environment http://kmuw.org en Richard Crowson: Kansas Tourism http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-kansas-tourism <p>In 2012 the state of Kansas ranked in the bottom five for tourism, to no one’s surprise hereabouts. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 23330 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Kansas Tourism Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes http://kmuw.org/post/westar-asking-too-much-money-consumer-advocate-group-says-yes <p>A Kansas consumer advocate agency is saying that Westar Energy, Inc. can make necessary environmental improvements at its power plants with a smaller rate increase than it requested.</p><p>An attorney for the<a href="http://curb.kansas.gov/"> Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board</a> filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.</p><p>CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:56:12 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 22325 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Company Ordered To Pay Penalty For Pollution http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-company-ordered-pay-penalty-pollution <p>Ash Grove Cement Company has agreed to pay a penalty and invest $30 million in new pollution control technology at its nine manufacturing plants, one of which is in Chanute, Kan. The settlement stems from charges that Ash Grove violated the Clean Air Act.<br> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:26:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19182 at http://kmuw.org Iola Site Added To Superfund List http://kmuw.org/post/iola-site-added-superfund-list <p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/superfund/">Superfund National Priorities List</a> now includes nine new sites, one of them where a smelter used to operate on the east side of Iola, Kan.<br><br>The EPA says the soil on hundreds of residential and commercial properties in and around Iola is contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 11:25:10 +0000 Bryan Thompson 17615 at http://kmuw.org Community Sustainability Fair Saturday In Downtown Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/community-sustainability-fair-saturday-downtown-wichita <p>What is being called a "community sustainability" event will be part of the annual KidFest&nbsp;this Saturday in Expo Hall at Century II in downtown Wichita,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">9 a.m. to 5 p.m.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Green Zone will feature family-friendly activities in an effort to encourage people to conserve water, save energy, recycle, improve air quality and garden.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Free vehicle-emission testing will be available.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:25:21 +0000 Chandra Stauffer 16665 at http://kmuw.org Schools Receive $83,000 For Recycling Projects http://kmuw.org/post/schools-receive-83000-recycling-projects <p>The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has awarded grants totaling nearly $83,000 to 27 of the state's public schools for recycling-related projects.<br><br>The department the grants were awarded for the next school year and will help pay for recycling bins, composting programs, programs for handling cafeteria waste and field trips to recycling centers. Schools from across the state won grants from $750 t0 $4500.<br><br>Nearby schools that won grants include:</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:34:43 +0000 Associated Press 16582 at http://kmuw.org Climate Change: Violent Weather And Missing Bees http://kmuw.org/post/climate-change-violent-weather-and-missing-bees <p>Mary Catherine Bateson is a well-known cultural anthropologist and writer. She serves on the boards for the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric&nbsp;Research.</p><p>For decades&nbsp;Bateson&nbsp;has worked in the field of anthropology. She is a Harvard and Radcliffe graduate and the daughter of social anthropologist Margaret Mead and cybernetics pioneer Gregory&nbsp;Bateson. She’s written on religion, family dynamics and aging but now is deeply involved in environmental issues.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:08:58 +0000 Carla Eckels 16453 at http://kmuw.org Climate Change: Violent Weather And Missing Bees Ozone Alerts Coming Your Way This Summer http://kmuw.org/post/ozone-alerts-coming-your-way-summer <p>The city of Wichita is implementing a new plan for the 2013 ozone season in an effort to reduce the impact on area ozone levels.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:28:32 +0000 Carla Eckels 16018 at http://kmuw.org Ozone Alerts Coming Your Way This Summer How, Where And Why To Recycle http://kmuw.org/post/how-where-and-why-recycle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mission of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wichita.kumc.edu/care/">WIRE or Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment</a> is t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">o identify the priority concerns around the environment for citizens of Wichita and then help them engage in those types of activities.</span></p><p>The group recently created&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a two-minute animated video to encourage citizens to take advantage of recycling opportunities.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:40:48 +0000 Carla Eckels 15855 at http://kmuw.org How, Where And Why To Recycle Recycling: Is It Really Necessary? http://kmuw.org/post/recycling-it-really-necessary <p>The Wichita City Council adopted a new solid waste and recycling plan in November 2012 that requires all trash haulers to offer recycling services for items such as paper, plastic and aluminum.<br><br>In an effort to increase recycling, a new video has been released by <a href="http://wichita.kumc.edu/care/">WIRE, Wichita Initiative To Renew the Environment.</a><br><br>The two-minute animated video was created to encourage citizens to take advantage of recycling opportunities that are now available and address issues about recycling:<br><br>http://youtu.be/nAt-Sa9C0Jo<br> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:33:57 +0000 Carla Eckels 15800 at http://kmuw.org Recycling: Is It Really Necessary?