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Mowing Their Way to Decreased Air Pollution

Mowing Their Way to Decreased Air Pollution

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

“In one year, a single older mower will pollute as much as 43 new cars each driven 12,000 miles per year,” notes Mr. Bill Atwood, Spokesperson for the South Coast Air Quality Manaement District.  Aiming to reduce emissions from lawn mowers in their state, some California agencies are offering residents a good deal on an electric lawn mower.  The program subsidizes the purchase of a new electric lawn mower because it is cheaper to clean up the air on the front end than it is to pay to clean up the health problems dirty small gas engines cause .

As part of the annual Mow Down Air Pollution program, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the S…

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School System Reduces Childhood Obesity!

Childhood obesity prevention in Massachusetts can serve as nationwide model

15% less weight gain among school kids

A program launched in Somerville, Mass., that aims to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles is being touted as a model for other cities and towns across the nation, USA Today reports. The Somerville initiative began in 2002 as part of efforts conducted by Tufts University researchers seeking to determine whether promoting exercise and healthy eating habits could reduce childhood obesity. Using funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several philanthropic groups, Somerville schools replaced unhealthy cafeteria items, such as french fr…

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Program cuts Re-Hospitalizations by 20 Percent

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. 

These days, re-hospitalizations have gotten a lot of attention, as they're incredibly costly and far too common--especially for the fragile Medicare population.

However, a year-long study at the University of Minnesota suggests that a concentrated effort may be able to cut down on such rehospitalizations dramatically. Based in a Minneapolis nursing home, the initiative offers focused care by a team of U of Minnesota specialists to discharged patients.

The program, based in the Transitional Care Unit at Walker Methodist Care Center, is unique and may be the only one of its kind, officials say. It brings together a physician, a nurse practitioner, a phar…

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Replacing Car Gas Caps Saves $500 Annually, Cleans Air!

Replacing Car Gas Caps Saves $500 Annually, Cleans Air!

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The Problem:

  • Leaking gas caps contribute to air pollution and waste fuel due to evaporation.
  • According to the US Car Care Council estimates, 17% of vehicle gas caps are either damaged or missing allowing 147 million gallons of gasoline to vaporize every year.
  • Gas caps can leak regardless of the age of the vehicle (higher if vehicle is more than 3 yrs old)
  • Every leaking gas cap = approximately 200 pounds of evaporative emissions per year (0.1 tons of VOCs)
  • Thirty gallons of gasoline can be released annually from a leaking gas cap.

MCAQ provided gas cap testing units to rotate between volunteering NC inspection stations. MCAQ also conducts Gas Cap…

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