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Verizon Wireless Becomes an Energy Star Partner

Verizon Wireless has formalized its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by becoming an official Energy Star Partner. Seventy-five Verizon Wireless Communications Stores have already earned the Energy Star for superior energy performance. Under the partnership, Verizon Wireless pledges to measure and track energy performance at hundreds of … Read more »

Businesses Bring the Climate-Change Fight to COP16

Focusing on the role of business in developing solutions to climate change, a group of business, finance and government leaders is launching its inaugural World Climate Summit at the UNFCCC COP16 conference in Cancun, Mexico. The summit conference marks the beginning of an open and collaborative global 10-year framework aimed … Read more »

LEED Roundup: eBay, Diversey, PECO, Crescent, University of Redlands

Here’s the latest roundup of some of the most recent businesses and office buildings that have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. These include eBay’s data center, Diversey’s distribution center, Crescent’s office tower and the Center for the Arts at the University … Read more »

US Farmers Ready to Grow Energy Crops on Underutilized Land

US Farmers Ready to Grow Energy Crops on Underutilized Land

A survey of U.S. growers showed that 71 percent of respondents were very interested or interested in growing dedicated energy crops to produce biomass for biopower and advanced biofuels, according to a survey conducted by energy group developer Ceres. The survey also indicates that 77 percent of respondents had underutilized … Read more »

World Bank Cuts U.S. GHG Emissions 7%, Paper Use 15%

World Bank Cuts U.S. GHG Emissions 7%, Paper Use 15%

The World Bank has cut its overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the financial institution’s U.S. buildings by seven percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the company’s new corporate responsibility Website. The same facilities also cut their water use by four percent, waste to landfill by eight percent and paper … Read more »

Energy Management SW Targets Manufacturers

Energy Management SW Targets Manufacturers

Aimed at manufacturers looking to save energy, People Power has unveiled a software system that uses embedded networking chips and Internet software to monitor and control plugged-in devices in real-time for improved energy efficiency, reports CNET. Products will be available in the first quarter of next year. Specifically targeting electronics manufacturers, … Read more »

M&S Makes Progress on 2015 Eco Goals

UK retailer Marks and Spencer says it’s on track to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015, reports Energy Efficiency News. The retailer expects to meet half of its 180 sustainability targets by April, well ahead of schedule, according to the company’s latest progress report. As part of the … Read more »

ASHRAE, DOE Update Green Building Guides, Software

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released the third edition of its GreenGuide for sustainable buildings, while the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made available updated versions of its energy efficiency modeling software programs The “ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable … Read more »

Nestle, P&G, IBM, J&J, GE, among Top Holdings in New Sustainability Index

The Dow Jones Indexes and SAM, a firm that specializes in sustainability investing, have launched a new index aimed at giving investors a broader sustainability benchmark, reports TheStreet.com. The Dow Jones Sustainability World (DJSIWorld) Enlarged Index will track the performance of 20 percent of the most sustainable companies (PDF) out … Read more »

EPA Finalizes Two Carbon Rules to Protect Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized two rules — related to the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide — to protect drinking-water supplies from future efforts to capture and store carbon from coal-fired power plants, reports Bloomberg. The new rules aim to protect drinking water and to track … Read more »

US Utilities Set to Install 57.9M Smart Meters

US Utilities Set to Install 57.9M Smart Meters

Utility plans to install smart meters are underway with 57.9 million units already planned for installation by more than 90 utilities in the United States, according to a tracking report from Pike Research. Smart electric meters, which use two-way communications networks, are pegged as the first step toward greater efficiency … Read more »

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