The Chanler Group reached a settlement with China’s Hangzhou GreatStar Tool Company, in the first example of California’s Proposition 65 being used for international prosecution, the law firm said. Plaintiff Peter Englander alleged that the company made and sold hand tools and stools containing di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), through major stores including Lowe’s and Orchard Supply Hardware, without the required health warning. GreatStar has agreed to virtually eliminate DEHP from products sold in California, and if it does so by March 15, Englander will waive part of the $30,000 civil fine.
IEEE has launched the Wireless Power and Charging Systems Working Group to develop the IEEE P2100.1 Standard Specifications for Wireless Power and Charging Systems. IEEE P2100.1 will establish parallel specifications for wireless power and charging for both transmitter and receiver devices, and could apply to a wide range of products including mobile phones, consumer electronics and appliances, electric vehicles and medical devices. The new IEEE WG follows the creation of the Power Matters Alliance, established as an IEEE Standards Association Industry Connections program in 2012 to advance smart and energy-efficient wireless power.
Keele University in Keele, UK announced that its energy management system is now ISO 50001 certified. CICS performed the certification, and energy management company DigitalEnergy helped Keele implement the EnMS in less than 12 months. The system covers a combination of academic buildings, classrooms, a lecture theater, restaurant/cafe, teaching labs, kitchens and estates activities for the academic buildings.
National clean vehicle and fuel provider Alliance AutoGas has received EPA certifications for the Prins VSI propane autogas conversion system for the 2012 & 3013 GM 4.8L & 6.0L make and model families, which include vehicles such as the Silverado and Express. Blossman Services provided the certifications.
Patagonia plans to offer Fair Trade Certified apparel starting with nine styles in the Fall 2014 season. The Fair Trade program offers incentives to factories for complying with social, economic and environmental criteria, and Fair Trade USA has spent the past three years developing an apparel standard certification program.
The twin 23-story office tower Watt Plaza, in Century City, California, has earned LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings Operating and Maintenance. Watt Companies, a real estate operating and investment company, says the Class A office building was the first in Los Angeles to replace all traditional urinals with water-free fixtures. The building also features a white roof, occupancy sensors, electric vehicle charging stations, web-based irrigation controllers, and recycled ground cover made of glass and rubber, and its owners cut conventional transportation trips by over 35 percent through an alternative commuting program.