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Albertsons Activates Solar Panels on Three Stores

Albertsons announced it has activated solar rooftop power systems at three of its stores in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Alpine, California, according to a company press release. The system is designed to produce 12 million kilowatt hours of energy over the next 20 years, enough to power more than 1,100 U.S. … Read more »

UCSD Saves $900,000 with Energy Dashboard

The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) has installed an energy dashboard to help the school improve the efficiency of their operations, reduce energy use, and combat climate change, according to a press release. The dashboard provides updated energy information for the university’s facilities and equipment, helping the … Read more »

Environmental Mission Statements: Starwood Shows Commitment

In my last two articles, I summarized a variety of hotel environmental policies and outlined a three-step process for developing a strong environmental mission statement. The following analysis of how one lodging company has chosen to develop their commitment to sustainability will provide guidance on how to incorporate a tangible … Read more »

Infill Submarkets Have 30% Less GHG Emissions

Infill Submarkets Have 30% Less GHG Emissions

Infill industrial locations can generate up to 30 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to greenfield locations, according to new research by AMB Property Corporation. Infill sites also experience 23 percent lower carbon emissions, 22 percent lower average supply chain mileage and 21 percent cost savings over their greenfield … Read more »

EPA Finalizes GHG Reporting Rules for Four Emissions Sources

EPA Finalizes GHG Reporting Rules for Four Emissions Sources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing rules that require underground coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment systems, industrial waste landfills and magnesium production facilities to report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under its national GHG reporting program. Methane is the primary GHG emitted from these four sources and is more … Read more »

ExxonMobil to Pay MA $2.9M for Air Pollution Violations

ExxonMobil and two affiliates have agreed to pay the state of Massachusetts a $2.9 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that the company violated the state’s air pollution laws at its bulk gasoline terminals in Everett and Springfield. These terminals store large quantities of gasoline and other fuels before being … Read more »

New Mexico VA Hospital to Install State’s Largest PV System

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Health Care System in Albuquerque, NM, announced it is installing a 3.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The system, which will be designed and installed by Eaton, will be the largest PV system in New Mexico, according to a company press release. Constructors, Inc. … Read more »

Cisco Goes After Enterprise Energy Management Market

Cisco has updated to its Smart Connected Buildings portfolio, a collection of services that provide for centralized management of buildings across global enterprise operations. The company first debuted its EnergyWise solutions last year. The new technologies will allow corporations to view their energy use across thousands of buildings across the … Read more »

Roundup – Paris, COMPASS, NGV America

Taxing Carbon The Economist Paris looks for power from turbines beneath the Seine The Guardian COMPASS Version 2.0 provides more resources for sustainable packaging design Greener Packaging Sen. Snowe Is Working Quietly to Find ‘Consensus’ on Capping Utility Emissions NY Times A New York Emergency: Why Con Ed Needs Smart … Read more »

IBM CR Report: Energy Conservation Cuts Energy Costs by $26.8M

IBM CR Report: Energy Conservation Cuts Energy Costs by $26.8M

IBM’s energy conservation program saved the company $26.8 million and prevented more than 142,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report. IBM’s report provides an overview of four key areas: energy conservation and climate protection, process stewardship, product stewardship and supply chain … Read more »

Formula One to Cut Emissions 12.4%

Formula One is launching an initiative to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 12.4 percent in three years, according to news reports. A story on the BBC reported that the plan is the result of an audit of the organization by Trucost, which the business launched in response to pressure … Read more »

Half of Fleets Measuring Emissions

Almost half the automotive fleets in the country, 49 percent, are now measuring their emissions, according to a recent survey by fleet management services provider PHH Arval. Among the companies tracking their emissions, 65 percent are using the actual fuel data as the basis for their measurement, according to a … Read more »