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    The Largest Basin Clean-up Loan in Latin America

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank: Approves Largest Sanitation Operation in Latin America for US$840 Million to Clean the Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin in Argentina
    The Board of Directors of the World Bank today approved a loan for US$840 million in support of the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin Sustainable Development project. The loan will support the government’s Integrated Basin Cleanup […]

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    Buenos Aires Begins Eco-Certifying Lodging

    Monday, May 18th, 2009

    The program of Buenos Aires Province launched earlier this year to formally recognize “sustainable touristic lodging” is finally getting into full swing. The provincial environment authority, OPDS, just announced the award of the first 21 certifications to lodgings in the Sierra de la Ventana (“Window Mountains”) area of Torquinst.
    The program judges lodging in touristic […]

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    Buenos Aires Province Formally Launches Sustainable Hotel Certification System

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    The Provincial Sustainable Development Organ (OPDS) of Buenos Aires Province just launched formally the “sustainable hotels” certification program that it announced last August it would create.
    The program will judge lodging in touristic destinations within the Province on their “efficient use” of natural resources, minimization of the use of toxic chemical products, maximization of the use […]

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    Outlook for “Green Jobs” / Prognóstico para “empleos verdes”

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    While the idea of creating a “green economy” with “green jobs” has been around quite a while, it really started to gain serious consideration as the climate change debate heated up,  and recently moved front-and-center during the US presidential elections and the debates about how best to respond to the global financial crisis (here, here, […]

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    US$200 mil. for Water & Sanitation in Argentina / US$200 milliones para agua y saneamiento en Argentina

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Argentina receives US$200 million in financing for potable water and sanitation program
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$200 million loan to expand potable water and sanitation services in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area and suburbs.
    This project is part of a wider expansion program which seeks to add 1.5 […]

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    Transformando aceites usados a biodiesel / Transforming Used Oil into Biofuel

    Thursday, September 18th, 2008

    The Provincial Organism for Sustainable Development (OPDS), the environment authority of the Province of Buenos Aires (PBA) has launched a program to collect used vegetable (cooking) oil (aceites vegetales usados – AVU) and recycling it by converting it into biodiesel for export.
    Used cooking oil has long been a waste disposal problem.  Many people — whether […]

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    Buenos Aires Bans Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags

    Saturday, September 13th, 2008

    The Province of Buenos Aires (PBA) just became the latest Latin American jurisdiction to prohibit retailers from offering non-biodegradable plastic carry bags. The provincial government is trumpeting the new law as one banning polyethylene (PE) and other plastic carry bags, but a careful reading of the law shows that it only bans non-biodegradable plastic […]

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    Buenos Aires Province to Launch Sustainable Hotels Certification Program

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The environment authority of the Argentine Province of Buenos Aires, the Provincial Organ for Sustainable Development (Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible – OPDS), has announced that it is creating an eco-certification program for tourism establishments (primarily lodging) there. The “Green Star” program will rate not only conventional hotels, but also […]

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    Getting a Handle on E-Waste Data in LAC: Argentina

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

    The Data Problem
    One of the key challenges in formulating a reasonable and effective policy on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is figuring out how much there is, what type of WEEE it is (different WEEE pose different hazardous material/waste management challenges), and what is happening to it […]

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    Getting Mercury Out of Healthcare

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    In July the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) proudly announced that all public hospitals within city limits had eliminated their inventory of old fashioned mercury thermometers and replaced them with digital ones.
    Why is that significant?
    A 2006 study done by CABA’s Environmental Health office found that the City’s public hospitals emitted about 40 kg of […]

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