Environmental Protection

Energy Efficiency

New Fuel Economy Labels to Take GHG Emissions into Account

The Department of Transportation and EPA are offering two proposals for public comment: a letter grade to communicate a vehicle’s overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions performance or a label similar to the current one that uses miles per gallon but adds comparison data on fuel economy and emissions.

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Commentary: Opportunities for Rebuilding New Orleans

Patrick Phillips, chief executive officer of the Urban Land Institute, notes progress but cautions against suburban sprawl.

Biden Highlights Energy, Smart Grid in ARRA Analysis

More than $100 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been offered to innovative and transformative program investments, including some in the transportation, renewable energy and smart grid sectors.

King County Housing Authority Starts $1.7M Stimulus Project

Funds will be used to lower energy costs in public housing complex and provide jobs.

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82-Year-Old Pump Retires; Do You Have an Old One Working?

Nash is offering a GPS Navigator to the person who submits the oldest pump in a new contest; it doesn't have to be 82 years old, though.

Dow to Lead R&D for Home Energy Retrofit Solutions

The Energy Department's retrofit project is part of a broader effort to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and establish national guidelines and standards for retrofit methods, materials and practices.

AHAM Teams with CSA Standards, UL Environment

The three groups will develop sustainability standards for home appliances, including energy and lifecycle approaches.

NIRE and TTU have won grants to help solve issues blowing toward the turbine industry.

Texas Technology Fund Drives Wind Energy Research

With $8.4 million in state funding, grant recipients will develop research wind farms and provide services to industry partners.

In 2007, desktop computers wasted 50 percent of the power coming from the wall.

CompTIA: IT Industry Powers Equipment Down

A study shows the industry has lowered carbon dioxide emissions by 32 million metric tons and needs to reduce those emissions by another 22 million metric tons to meet a June 2011 goal.

Sonoco Meets GHG Target, Ups Ante with Global Goal

The company said a global Web-based environmental management system will help it measure greenhouse gas emission reductions.

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Getting the Elephant Out of the Mud

Sustainability initiatives require a clear, steadfast plan.

GE and Partners Commit $200 M to Drive Power Grid Technology

Joint investment with venture capital partners Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and RockPort Capital Challenge is one of largest ever.

Senate Bill Would Fund R&D for Natural Processes against Stormwater

Udall, Whitehouse bill would establish regional Centers of Excellence for green infrastructure.

NWF, Sierra Club Offer Ways for Texas to Lower Outdoor Water Use

Better irrigation, drought-tolerant grasses, and rainwater harvesting are a few of the suggestions from the "Sprayed Away" report.

AWWA ACE10 Attendees Reveal AMI, Smart Meter Priorities

According to the Sensus survey, reliability and accuracy are rated top performance factors.

WRI, Big Room Vet Ecolabel Claims

The World Resources Institute and Big Room Inc. compare different ecolabel standards to help companies and consumers make better choices to reduce their environmental impacts.

Panel: Balance of Low, High Risk Energy Action to Further Sustainability

A Minerals Metals & Materials Society panel completes first of two DOE-commissioned studies that are expected to help delineate an R&D portfolio for energy.

City Of Duncan, Honeywell Use Stimulus for Local Smart Grid

Using a performance contract backed in part by stimulus funds, the city will install with more than 9,000 electric meters and 12,000 water meters.

EPA to Assist Select State Capitals in Green Initiative

Letters of interest in the program should be submitted by July 9.

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