Environmental Protection

Energy Efficiency

Iowa State Study: Less Fossil Energy May Require More Labor

The researchers compared energy use of a conventionally managed corn and soybean system with two low-input systems that used more diverse crops and manure applications.

TCEQ Has Grants for Alternative Fuel and Hybrid Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has $12 million in grants available; the deadline for application is June 30.

14 Buildings Compete for Energy Efficiency Bragging Rights

EPA hosts first national building competition to improve energy efficiency

Wake Forest Study Suggests Pokeberries Could Make Solar Affordable

Red dye from purple pokeberries help trap more sunlight in fiber-based solar cells.

Fannie Mae Data Center Saves $1.7 M in Energy Costs

Five years after achieving LEED certification, the Fannie Mae facility preserves nearly 13,000 gallons of water per day from consumption and waste.

North Shore-Long Island Hospitals to Improve Sustainability

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has agreed to join EPA programs that will help lower energy and water usage, waste, and air pollution at 12 areas hospitals.

Free Guidebook Profiles 286 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council surveyed hundreds of colleges to find those with commitments to sustainability.

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.

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