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IBM Researchers Create Cheaper, Biodegradable Plastics from Plants

IBM researchers today said they have identified a chemical catalyst that creates cheaper, biodegradable plastics from plants such as palm trees and beets that can be used to make a range of products, from eating utensils to medical devices.

mealworms eating Styrofoam

Are Plastic-Eating Worms the Future of Waste Management?

Stanford University researchers may have found the solution to global plastic pollution: mealworms. The tiny worm can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene, according to two studies co-authored by Wei-Min Wu, a senior research engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. … Read more »

Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Defective wells, not hydraulic fracturing, is the primary cause of water contamination from shale gas extraction in parts of Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a study by Duke University. Using noble gas and hydrocarbon tracers, researchers analyzed the gas content of more than 130 drinking water wells in the two … Read more »

Top 25 Green Football Schools Ranked

The University of Washington is the no. 1 green football school, according to SaveOnEnergy.com’s ranking of the top 25 NCAA football schools this season. SaveOnEnergy.com compared the 25 universities with criteria including stadium sustainability efforts, number of active green organizations, waste diversion rate, percentage of budget spent on locally grown or … Read more »

UC-Irvine Tops Green Colleges List

UC-Irvine Tops Green Colleges List

The University of California – Irvine jumped from no. 3 to no. 1 in this year’s Sierra Club ranking of green schools, knocking last year’s winner, University of Connecticut, out of the top spot. This was the eighth year for the “Cool Schools” ranking, with more than 150 schools participating. According to … 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 »

Stanford

Stanford Divests from Coal Companies

Stanford University will not make direct investments in coal mining companies in a move that the Board of Trustees say reflects the availability of alternate energy sources with lower greenhouse gas emissions. The board’s action follows a recommendation of the university’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL). This … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Honda, Nissan, London Cabs, Ford

Rossi Honda of Vineland, NJ, has become the US’ first and only dealer to achieve “electric grid neutral” status. This means the dealership produces as much as or more energy from renewable sources than it consumes from its local electric utility over a one-year period. Honeywell has entered into a supply … Read more »

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FAA, Airlines, Universities to Develop Cleaner Jet Fuels

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) that aims to benefit airlines by developing cleaner jet fuels and exploring other ways to meet next-generation air transportation environmental and energy goals. Led by Washington State University and the … Read more »

ARPA-E

GE, BASF, Others Receive $36M DOE Funding for EV Energy Storage

General Electric and BASF are among the 22 organizations to receive a total of $36 million from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop electric vehicle energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs. The ARPA-E’s program, Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE), … 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 »