Environmental Protection

Energy Efficiency


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.



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.

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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.

EPA Accepting WaterSense Award Applications

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

Designers, Builders Continue to Support Green Construction

Respondents say energy savings is the No. 1 reason for green building.

IDC Wins $7,000 Grant for Energy Optimization Research

A Missouri University of Science and Technology student-run company recently received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to study how to optimize home energy usage.

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The Search for America's Greenest School is On

The second annual contest sponsored by IC Bus will award the winning school a scholarship, a green school makeover, and a new hybrid school bus.

Georgia Counties Apply Stimulus to Lower Diesel Emissions

The $1.7 million project will retrofit 239 on-highway diesel vehicles in Athens-Clarke and Washington counties in Georgia.

Epicado: Google Penalizes UK Web Sites on 'Green' Servers

According to a Stroud, Glouchestershire, Web marketing company, Google's policy lowers search result rankings for sites hosted outside the United Kingdom.

Green Office Challenge Program Expanding

ICLEI developed a program that pits property managers and office tenants in a friendly competition to lower energy use and waste and save water.

ASTM Committee Developing Green Meetings Standards

The Convention Industry Council is working with ASTM to produce best practices for creating green meetings and has invited interested parties to contribute.

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