Environmental Protection

Sustainability


Butte College First in Nation to Generate More Than 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

California's Butte College is the first college in the history of the United States to go 'grid positive,' meaning that it will generate more electricity from its solar arrays than it consumes and will deliver power back to the electric grid.

Green Chemical Industry to Soar to $98.5 Billion by 2020

Green chemistry is the expansive discipline that is evolving in response to a wide array of challenges and, according to a new report from Pike Research, represents a market opportunity that will grow from $2.8 billion in 2011 to $98.5 billion by 2020.

Texas A&M Teams With Siemens to Save $1.1 Million in Annual Energy Savings

Texas A&M University has set its goals high – including being recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency and sustainability.

iPhone App Helps Alternative Energy-Using Homeowners Manage Power Consumption

Computer science researchers at the University of Arkansas and University of San Francisco have developed an automated energy-management system that monitors energy generation and consumption in off-grid and grid-tied homes that use solar energy or wind power.

Tips Tuesday: Tips for Saving Money and the Earth

As many people deal with tightening their belts and trimming expenditures, they struggle with the dilemma of saving the planet or saving cash. Here we offer a few tips on how you can do both at the same time.

Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Shark Sanctuary

The designation encompasses the 92,665 square miles of the country's exclusive economic zone on its Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

How Did Your City Rank in the 2011 Green Building Opportunity Index?

The Green Building Opportunity Index remains the first office market assessment tool to provide weighted comparisons of top U.S. office markets on the basis of both real estate fundamentals and green development considerations.

KLM Flights Will Be Operated on Biofuel Made From Used Cooking Oil

In September KLM will launch more than 200 flights being operated on biokerosene between Amsterdam and Paris.



Would You Eat Lab-grown Meat to Cut Emissions, Save Energy?

Meat grown using tissue engineering techniques, so-called "cultured meat," would generate up to 96 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventionally produced meat, according to a new study.

Genomatica Wins EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

The award honors Genomatica's affect on the production of major industrial chemicals – those made and sold in billions of pounds per year – with better economics and a smaller environmental footprint, using biological organisms and renewable feedstocks.

Can We Balance Air Conditioning, Saving Energy?

For the hot summer months, some government-mandated incentive programs are aimed at getting us to buy more efficient air conditioners to save energy and money. However, a recent study explains why, even if we buy the more efficient devices, the plan won’t necessarily work.

Boeing 747-8 Freighter Arrives at Paris After Historic Biofuel Flight (With Video)

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed at Paris Le Bourget Airport after completing the first transatlantic flight of a large commercial airplane powered on all engines by a sustainable aviation jet fuel.

Scientists Seek to Adapt Crops to Climate Change

Throughout history, farmers have adopted new crop varieties and adjusted their practices in tune with environmental change. But as global temperature continues to rise, the pace of change is expected to be unprecedented, and experts are now warning that climate change could trigger a global food crisis as farmers struggle to keep up.

Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition With an ExtendedRange Electric Vehicle

Students from Virginia Tech University learned last night that their teamwork, perseverance and hard work have led to top honors when they were named the overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an exceptional extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol).

Fly Larvae Used to Remove Organic Waste on an Industrial Scale

the 20 million larvae of the plant are able to ingest a ton of waste per day, showing that this technology is much more effective and faster than other conventional techniques of traditional composting and vermicomposting, which removes the residue with earthworms.

New Biofuel Sustainability Assessment Tool and Greenhouse Gas Calculator Released

Researchers at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have together with their colleagues at the Swiss Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) and the HTW Berlin, Germany, developed an online tool to assess the sustainability of biofuel production.

Coal-Fired Calif. Power Plant Approved to Convert to Biomass Fuels

DTE Energy Services Inc. recently received approval from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to convert an existing coal-fired power plant at the Port of Stockton to operate on biomass fuel.

Using recycled cardboard in food packaging risks contaminating food with mineral oils

Harmful mineral oils from the printing inks used on cardboard can migrate into food if recycled cardboard is used for food packaging.

Aluminum Can Recycling Rate Reaches Highest Level in More than a Decade

The U.S. recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans has reached its highest level in a decade, with 58.1 percent of all cans recycled last year.

Smart Grid Solutions Will Meet 20 Percent of Electricity Demand by 2020: Honeywell

Within the next decade, more than 20 percent of electrical demand in the United States is expected to be met by building operators and homeowners more effectively optimizing their energy consumption and resources in collaboration with their utilities, say energy experts at Honeywell.

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