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    Proposed Ordinance Could Require Columbia Restaurants to Recycle

    Posted 6:44 PM 1/27/2014 by Mary Kate Burgess, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A proposed ordinance by the Vision Commission to the Columbia City Council could require local restaurants and bars to recycle glass and plastic. 

    The Vision Commission met Monday night to discuss the proposed ordinance and what it could do for the city.

    "It's a way (More)

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    Columbia Plans To Test Renewable Energy

    Posted 4:42 PM 12/30/2013 by Paige Hornor, KOMU 8 News Reporter

    COLUMBIA - After three years of work, Nancy Heimann will soon see if the biomass fuel she makes is something the city can use. Biomass is made from materials such as coffee grounds, wood chips, corn refuse and grasses. The city will be testing to see if these materials can burn in the Columbia (More)

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    Energy Saving Ways For Holiday Lights

    Posted 3:00 AM 12/17/2013 by Catie Laylin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - ‘Tis the season for holiday lights and decorations. For Ryan Schultz, decorating his house in Christmas lights is a yearly tradition.

    "I'm a big fan of Christmas so more is better, Schultz said. "So I keep adding something new every single year." Schultz (More)

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    Religious Organizations Growing with Green Trends

    Posted 11:01 PM 11/16/2013 by Catie Laylin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - At an October service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia (UUCC), several churchgoers are sitting, listening to the sermon, singing to the songs and laughing at jokes. That day's service revolves all around one topic: the environment. The church has a Green (More)

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    New Housing Energy Requirements Stirs Problems

    Posted 6:31 AM 10/31/2013 by Catie Laylin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    Columbia- The Columbia City Council voted in September to the International Code Commission's 2012 energy efficiency update. Now, this is causing some problems and concerns among builders and real estate agents.

    The new code includes stricter standards of attic and wall insulation and (More)

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    Electric Vehicle Sales Break Records

    Posted 7:35 PM 9/26/2013 by William Joy, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - According to a report by the US Department of Energy, electric vehicle sales spiked and broke records in August.

    The report states 11,363 electric vehicles were sold in August, which is up 30 percent from the previous record and up 75 percent from August of 2012.

    But (More)

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    Drifting Pesticides Wreak Havoc on Nearby Vineyards

    Drifting Pesticides Wreak Havoc on Nearby Vineyards

    Posted 8:40 AM 9/24/2013 by Catie Laylin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    ROCHEPORT- Now that fall has arrived, farmers are starting to harvest their crops. But some farmers are struggling to keep their crops due to harmful pesticides.

    For Missouri wineries, the pesticide 2,4-D can be deadly toward their vineyards. Les Bourgeois Vineyards learned a few years ago (More)

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    Compost Trend Spreading in Columbia

    Posted 5:01 PM 9/7/2013 by Catie Laylin, KOMU Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A new waste truck for the city means many food and plant scraps from many businesses could end up in local gardens.

    A city waste management supervisor said a recent grant from the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District would provide a good chunk of the money for the (More)

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    Simple Measures Reduce Energy Bills

    Posted 1:30 PM 8/16/2013 by Sam Hustis, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A spokesperson for Columbia Water and Light says there are many ways consumers can reduce their monthly utility bill.

    Connie Kacprowitz said the best place to start, for both renters and owners, is a free energy audit service offered by the city. "One of our staff members will (More)

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    New Bioreactor Landfill to Power More Columbia Homes

    Posted 3:16 PM 8/14/2013 by Crystall Cho, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia is currently working on a type of liquid-injected landfill area known as a bioreactor.

    It will increase moisture to help break down waste more quickly than the city's first bioreactor landfill, which was created in 2008 and did not use the injection method.

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    Columbia Works Toward New Bike Share Program

    Posted 3:22 PM 8/9/2013 by Crystall Cho, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia is currently working on finding funds bicycles and stations for a bike share program.

    Coordinator Lelande Rehard said the city is focusing on setting a strict business plan to make the bike share program work.

    "There is a history in Columbia of doing a bike share (More)

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    Energy-Efficient LED Lights Light Up Parking Garages

    Posted 1:18 PM 7/30/2013 by Crystall Cho

    COLUMBIA -A project to replace lights in four city-owned parking garages with LED lights, could be completed within a month.

    The Public Works Department is close to finishing the garage located on Cherry Street and Sixth Street.

    According to sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe (More)

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