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Waste-to-Energy Could Supply 12% of US Electricity

Waste-to-Energy Could Supply 12% of US Electricity

If all of the municipal solid waste (MSW) that is currently put into landfills each year in the US were diverted to waste-to-energy (WTE) power plants, it could generate enough electricity to supply 12 percent of the US total, according to a study conducted by the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) … Read more »

How Carbon Pricing Can Boost the Bottom Line

American Electric Power and Xcel Energy are among the utilities and other companies now pricing carbon as part of core business strategy, according to research from CDP. The free white paper offers insights into how a price on carbon pollution might benefit companies and the US economy as a whole. … Read more »

UConn Tops Green Colleges Ranking

UConn Tops Green Colleges Ranking

The University of Connecticut tops Sierra Club’s annual green colleges list, jumping from No. 5 to the No. 1 and pushing last year’s “coolest school,” the University of California, Davis, down to No. 4. The University of Connecticut offers more than 600 sustainability-related classes and has reduced its water use … Read more »

Princeton Review Green Ratings

Princeton Review Announces Green Honor Roll

Stanford University, Cornell University, Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles are among 22 colleges nationwide listed on Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll, which measures the environmentally friendliness of the schools. Princeton Review, known for its college test-prep and education services, tallied the scores for 832 … Read more »

Columbia University

Columbia University Saves $700,000 a Year Via Energy Efficiency

Con Edison’s Green Team has helped Columbia University save more than $700,000 a year in energy costs through upgrades to the school’s water-chilling system. The university received $469,000 in incentives through Con Edison’s Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program to offset part of the project’s $2.25 million cost. The upgrade … Read more »

FedEx Fuel Efficient Vehicle

FedEx Fleet Adds 1,900 Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

FedEx Express has added 1,900 fuel-efficient vehicles to its fleet. The company says the new vehicles move it closer toward its goal to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet 30 percent by 2020, against a 2005 baseline. In 2008, FedEx set what it says was the US transportation … Read more »

Corn-Producing States Face High Water-Shortage Risk

Corn-Producing States Face High Water-Shortage Risk

Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the cities most at risk for drought-induced water shortages, according to a report from the Columbia University Water Center, in conjunction with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, a collaboration of NGOs, water companies and industry groups. Joining the … Read more »

Pepsi Beats Safe Water Access Goal, Doubles Commitment

PepsiCo has achieved its goal — almost three years early — of partnering to provide access to safe water to 3 million people in developing countries and has doubled its original commitment. The company has now pledged to provide access to safe water to an additional 3 million people by … Read more »

PepsiCo-Columbia Carbon Software Calculates Thousands of Product Footprints

PepsiCo-Columbia Carbon Software Calculates Thousands of Product Footprints

PepsiCo and researchers at Columbia University have developed software that rapidly calculates the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously. This new tool can help companies accurately label products and reduce their environmental impacts, according to the study, published online in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Researchers used a lifecycle … Read more »