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    Amapá Adopts a Recycling Policy

    Friday, August 1st, 2008

    In early July Governor Waldez Góes signed a law creating a State Materials Recycling Policy. The new Law is based on similar measures adopted by several other Brazilian states, including Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Rondônia. It seeks to promote and provide incentives to the commercialization and industrial utilization […]

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    Uruguay Gets Its GEO

    Friday, July 25th, 2008

    Earlier this month Uruguay’s GEO was finally unveiled with much fanfare by top Uruguayan environment officials and the local representative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment Outlook” first prepared by the […]

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    Paraná’s E-Waste Law / A Lei de Paraná Sobre E-lixo

    Thursday, July 24th, 2008

    Last month the southern Brazilian state of Paraná adopted a law requiring manufacturers, distributors and vendors of “informatics” equipment operating in that state to set up a system for the recovery, recycling or destruction of their end-of-life (EOL) products that “does not pollute the environment.”
    “Informatics” is not defined in the law, but in Latin America […]

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    Colombia’s First Eco-Certified Hotel

    Sunday, July 13th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Colombia’s Environment Ministry (MAVDT) has officially delivered to Hotel Puerta del Sol in Barranquilla the first Environmental Seal ever awarded to a hotel. The Environmental Seal is Colombia’s official ecolabel, created by decree in 2005. So far award criteria have been concluded for only two categories: lodging and cleaning products.
    For […]

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    Cidadania Ambiental

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    It is an honor and pleasure to introduce this guest poster. Arnaldo Jardim is a civil engineer with many years of public service in Brazil, first in state executive posts (including Housing Secretary) and then as a State Deputy in São Paulo (SP), and currently as a Federal Deputy. While State Deputy he […]

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    Sao Paulo’s Green Cities Program Launched / Lançamento do Projeto Município Verde de São Paulo

    Saturday, July 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: São Paulo State’s governor, José Serra, and Environment Secretary, Xico Graziano, recently announced the formal launch of the “Green City” project promised as part of the Governor’s package of 21 strategic environmental measures. By early July, 393 of SP’s 645 cities had already signed onto the program’s protocol of 10 commitments, […]

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    Better Solid Waste Management in Argentine Tourism Cities

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    Temas Observation: This program has been needed in Argentina for some time, and I can think of a few other LAC nations with municipalities that serve as key tourism destinations that could use a similar program (IBD, take note).

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$60 million loan for solid waste management in municipalities with […]

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    Helping Colombia Improve Environmental Management and Meet Its MDGs

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Colombia: World Bank Approves US$200 Million for Sustainable Development
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$200 million loan to Colombia in order to integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, which seek to protect the poor from the impacts of environmental degradation, particularly in terms of […]

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    Brazil: Feds Provide Regulatory Guidance on C&D Wastes

    Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Ministries of Environment (MMA) and Cities (MCidades) has just released a “manual” providing regulatory guidance on the management of “civil construction and voluminous wastes” — more often known elsewhere as construction and demolition (C&D) wastes — and their sorting, recycling and disposal. Ostensively the two Ministries jointly developed the manual […]

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    São Paulo Requires Use of Recycled Construction Materials / Uso de entulho reciclado torna-se obrigatório em São Paulo

    Saturday, December 30th, 2006

    Synopsis in English: The new Mayor of the Municipality of São Paulo (MSP) has signed a decree making it mandatory for contractors providing paving services in the mega-city of over 11 million (and 588 sq. mi. of area) to utilize recycled materials — i.e., recovered construction and demolition (C&D) wastes. MSP generates about 17,000 […]

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