Industry Trends

Suniva Receives $15M Loan Guarantee from Ex-Im Bank

Company plans to use funds to further expand its business in Europe and Asia.

ASSE Says Holiday Travel Increases Risk of Bedbugs

In the past, pesticides were used to eliminate the problem, but as pest control practices have changed, the bedbug problem has grown. Experts note too that most bedbugs are homegrown and are being spread from belongings taken from one place to another.

Rare Earth Elements Not So Rare in U.S.

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGBC Builds LEED App to Accelerate Certification Process

The U.S. Green Building Council has introduced a new program designed to streamline and create capacity for the LEED building certification process. LEED Automation enables LEED Online, the online tool projects use to submit documentation and certify LEED projects, to interact with third-party technology platforms.

With an Eye on Boosting Analytics Division, ITT Finalizes Acquisition of O.I. Corp.

ITT Corporation announced that it has completed its acquisition of O.I. Corporation for approximately $29 million. ITT values the contribution that OI will make to ITT’s Analytics business, which was formed earlier this year with the acquisition of Nova Analytics.

Unilever Intends to Make Consumption Sustainable

The global firm will seek to grow its business in developing countries while minimizing its environmental footprint.

SAIC Wins $42M Task Order to Support EPA Data Centers

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide hosting services to the agency's National Computer Center.

Governors Global Climate Summit 3

Governors' Global Climate Summit Creates Subnational Alliance

State-level leaders are building regional partnerships to accelerate work on the green economy while California recognizes the work in progress through its award program.

Vacon: Stuxnet Does Not Infect its AC Drives

According to the company, its investigations have found no cases in which all the conditions of the malware would be fulfilled.

UC Berkeley Analysis Suggests Limiting Carbon Nanotube Exposure

Mark Philbrick recommends an "anticipatory governance" approach, meaning nanotubes would be considered hazardous until their toxicity and behavior can be better understood.

EPA Subpoenas Halliburton; Company Releases Fracking Data on Microsite

The microsite shares information related to the identity and common uses of the additives and constituents generally involved in the hydraulic fracturing process.

Deepwater Horizon Burns Emitted Low Levels of Dioxin, EPA Reports

The government's peer-reviewed reports say the levels of dioxins created during controlled burns were below levels of concern.

Oil spill cleanup

Commentary: BP Didn't Raise the Bar

Jocelyn K. Scheffler, who worked in the command center during the the Exxon oil spill cleanup, says many qualified emergency response and hazmat experts were excluded from the Gulf spill cleanup effort.

California-Nevada AWWA Seeks Executive Director

This section of the American Water Works Association has nearly 7,000 members.

Company Offers Warranty-backed Option for Fix Chinese Drywall

National Construction Warranty Corporation says options could reduce the cost of restoring homes affected by corrosive drywall by 50 to 70 percent.

SMU, Florida Teams Win WEF Student Design Competition

The teams tackled wastewater plant expansion challenges and green infrastructure design in the Water Environment Federation's annual contest.

Toledo's Sewer System Improvements to Cost about $315M

In the latest settlement, the city will expand its system to reduce discharges of untreated combined sewage from about 35 per year to four or less.