Other stories by Jenni Spinner

  • Easy-to-read early-warning system

    Google-generated maps increase the effectiveness of first responders.

  • Tanks for the memories

    A Kansas water tower rises above the crowd, thanks to aesthetic design, a tough coating, and the story behind it.

  • Trashing junk mail

    An innovative program eases the burden on waste collection budgets and the environment by keeping unwanted materials out of landfills.

  • Post-winter clean up

    While shoveling away record snowfalls, public works agencies uncovered some valuable lessons.

  • Signs point toward a battle

    Citing civic pride and financial constraints, a town fights federal retroreflectivity mandates.

  • Fish and chips

    From providing shelter for aquatic wildlife to mulching local landscape, agencies keep old Christmas trees out of landfills and give them new life.

  • Pollution-fighting pavement

    Missouri managers test-drive a smog-eating road.

  • A hair-raising situation

    Suburban Chicago team members find holiday cheer right under their noses.

  • Kidding around with pollution

    Meet stormwater education requirements with a toy that shows how clean water can be child's play.

  • Picking up on crime

    Program trains solid waste collectors to clean up community streets.