Environmental Protection

Energy Efficiency


New Energy Star Home Guidelines Push for 20 Percent More Efficiency

The guidelines will go into effect in January but may be adopted earlier.

Feds Insist on Complete Lab Reports to Earn Energy Star Label

EPA says all new applications will be reviewed and approved individually by the agency.

SECURE Insignia Attracts Small Water Purifier Companies

Water systems that are portable and self sustaining will be able to bear the System Efficacy through Commercialization, Utilization, Relevance and Evaluation insignia from Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate.

Agency Provides $2 M for Brownfields Job Training

Twelve entities in 10 states are receiving up to $200,000 each to train people in the cleanup of brownfields while also providing training in green building design, energy efficiency, weatherization, solar installation, green construction, and native plant revegetation.

Hurlock WWTP Earns Mid-Atlantic OM Award from EPA

The agency reviews data and inspects facilities to determine award winners.

EPA Signs Sustainability Pact with Hartz Mountain Industries

N.J. real estate developer plans to cut energy and water use on its properties across the state.

Honolulu Gets $499,000 Grant, Energy Star Building Awards

The city and county expect to use the funds for community outreach, compact fluorescent and LED bulbs as well as energy audits.



New Fuel Economy Standard Adds GHG Component

In model years 2012-2016, automakers will be expected to improve fleet-wide fuel economy and reduce fleet-wide GHG emissions on passenger cars and light trucks by approximately 5 percent every year.

Cherry Hill, N.J.,to Plant a Climate 'SEED'

Three small communities will use a $500,000 grant in the "Sustainable Energy Efficiency Demonstration," which could include retrofits, updates to local codes and policies, and using more energy efficient vehicles in municipal fleets.

Staples Names Finalists for the Next Green Office Product

The Global EcoEasy Challenge selects seven finalist concepts from universities in five countries.

LA, Capital Top List of Cities with Most Efficient Buildings

EPA counts the number of Energy Star-labeled buildings to determine the ranking; Los Angeles has 293 building to its credit.

Colorado Air Act Targets Xcel Energy's Coal Plants

Governor Ritter and lawmakers expect broad-based state plans will take care of regional haze and potentially unpopular federal mandates.

EPA, DOE Expand Energy Star Product Testing

Agencies join forces to strengthen the brand, which seeks to save consumers money on their energy bills.

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Congressional Inaction Is Cleantech's Biggest Stumbling Block

In a Q&A with EPonline, CleanTech OC's Executive Director, Michael Levin, assesses the burgeoning industry in California.

110 Organizations Earn Energy Star Recognition

From promoting products and practices to reaching superior energy efficiency, companies such as California Edison, Cemex, Servidyne, Panasonic Home & Environment Co., Kimberly Clark, and CB Richard Ellis Group are making their marks.

EPA Accepting WaterSense Award Applications

Manufacturers, irrigation partners, retailer/distributors, and promotional partners are recognized for water-efficient products and practices.

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