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Suez Environnement

Suez Environnement Expands Gulf Coast Operations

Suez Environnement has opened a business development office in Houston, Texas, to better serve existing and future clients in the petrochemical, oil and gas, and power industries. The office opening is part of Suez Environnement’s broader plan to bring technology to water-intensive industries that are facing increasingly stringent regulatory requirements … Read more »

Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Material Insulates Net-Zero Energy Home

Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent — an ultra low-global-warming-potential foam blowing agent — has been used to help insulate a net-zero energy home project at Purdue University, the company says. The blowing agent, which causes closed-cell spray foam insulation to expand and provides the majority of the foam’s insulating properties, … Read more »

Anheuser-Busch CNG fleet

Anheuser-Busch Converts Houston Fleet to CNG

Ryder System has partnered with Anheuser-Busch to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with compressed natural gas-powered engines — a move that the companies expect to reduce 2,000-tons of CO2 emissions per year when adjusting emissions reduction for consumption rates. This marks Anheuser-Busch’s first conversion of an … Read more »

Houston Faces Opposition to One Bin Trash Plan

Houston’s One Bin for All trash plan, touted by the city as the next evolution in recycling, may be facing some opposition by a coalition of groups who do not agree with the program’s proposed environmental value. Houston’s One Bin for All plan would allow Houston residents to place all … Read more »

US Leader In Green Commercial Space Announced

The US city with the highest percentage of green commercial space is Minneapolis, with 77 percent of its commercial real estate space certified as green, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The city with the second-highest percentage of green space was San Francisco, at 67.2 percent, … Read more »

Genan plant

World’s Largest Tire Recycling Facility Opens

Tire recycling company Genan has opened a $140 million plant in Houston with the capacity to recycle approximately 10 million passenger car tire equivalents a year. Genan, which extracts and produces rubber granulate (crumb rubber), rubber powder and steel from scrap tires, says its new facility is the largest of its … Read more »

Green Business Challenge Awards $80,000

Businesses in Cupertino, Calif.; Houston; Lexington, Ky.; and West Palm Beach, Fla., will soon get help for projects that reduce energy, water waste and carbon footprint. The four winning cities of the Green Business Challenge, sponsored by Office Depot and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability-USA, will each receive $20,000 along … Read more »

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Mayors from 10 major US cities pledged to boost the energy efficiency in their buildings as part of an initiative to cut a combined 5 to 7 million tons of carbon emissions annually. The total annual emissions reduction goal is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 700,000 to nearly … Read more »

Port of Houston

Houston Port Expansion Means More Trucking – What About Emissions?

An ongoing port expansion is predicted to bring economic gains to Houston – and could increase truck journeys, too. With widening of the Panama Canal now underway, the Port of Houston could soon receive many of the ships that once unloaded on the West Coast. Not only is the port … Read more »

Bioremediation Saves Dry Cleaners Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

A Houston dry cleaners site reduced chlorinated solvent concentrations in groundwater by 98 to 99 percent in less than 90 days after implementing CL-Out bioremediation, according to a case study. Control Technologies, the project consulting and engineering firm, says the switch saved the dry cleaners hundreds of thousands of dollars. … Read more »

Ozone Rules a Major Worry for Manufacturers

EPA ozone regulations are a key concern for manufacturers in the Houston area, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Ross Eisenberg, vice president of NAM’s energy resources policy, told the Houston Business Journal that the metropolitan area is not in compliance with current ozone regulations – so manufacturers that emit … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota Hybrid Recalls, Volvo in China, Cargill’s Eco-Combi Trucks

Toyota has announced voluntary safety recalls of about 133,000 Highlander Hybrid (pictured) and Lexus RX 400h vehicles built between 2006 and 2010, and 2006 and 2008, respectively. Transistors within the hybrid system’s inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors’ parallel circuits, Toyota says. … Read more »