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Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota Invest $1M in Driverless Car Test City

Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota are among the companies each investing $1 million over three years in the University of Michigan’s Mcity — the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. … Read more »

Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi has begun joint research with three American universities aimed at reducing the time required for decay in the radioactivity of nuclear waste materials and using radioactive waste as fuel. The research, conducted with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley will … Read more »

Cooling Water Treatment to Improve Efficiency, Operations

Mexel USA and the University of Michigan have signed an agreement to perform a 12-month demonstration of the Mexel 432/0 cooling water treatment on a system servicing buildings on the main campus. The demonstration project will begin the end of January 2015 applying an emulsion recently approved by the EPA. … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2, Mumbai Airport LEED, MSC

XTechnology Global of Danvers, Mass., has become the first company to achieve certification to the newly upgraded R2:2013 Standard. The 2013 version incorporates ISO 14001, ISO9001 and OHSAS 18001, according to standards organization R2 Solutions. Terminal 2 at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, developed by GVK’s Mumbai International Pvt Ltd., has been certified as LEED … Read more »

Ford 2013 C-Max

Ford Invests $2.1 Million in Auto Battery Lab

An $8 million battery lab opened yesterday at the University of Michigan that will help Ford develop batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive to produce. The goal of the research is to accelerate development of battery-powered vehicles that are more efficient and affordable than today’s models and that … Read more »

GEMI member companies

GEMI Develops Sustainable Supply Chain Tool

The Global Environmental Management Initiative is developing a tool focused on supply chain sustainability and the procurement decision-making process. The free, interactive online tool is intended to help companies prioritize supply chain processes and identify “hotspot” processes as well as opportunities for improvement, according to the green business alliance whose … Read more »

Alt Fuel Cars Alone Offer ‘No Compelling Climate Advantages’

Alt Fuel Cars Alone Offer ‘No Compelling Climate Advantages’

Alternative fuel vehicles alone can’t control global warming and policymakers should turn their focus to cutting emissions in other energy sectors, a study from University of Michigan’s Energy Institute finds. In consideration of climate protection, public subsidies, mandates and other costly programs that support alternative fuel sales are not warranted, the … Read more »

Quebec Buying up to 1,675 Volvo Hybrid Buses

Volvo Buses’ North American subsidiary, Nova Bus, has received an order for 475 hybrid buses from Quebec, Canada, with an option for a further 1,200 vehicles. The customer, ATUQ, is a consortium consisting of the province’s nine transit authorities. Delivery of the 475 LFS HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) buses will start … Read more »

Contract Wins: Fogfuels, Dallas Schools, U. Mich., Tri-Tech

Fogfuels is to use its patented process to transform fats, oils and grease into B100 biodiesel fuel to power school buses, vehicles and machinery operated by the City of Atlanta. The company will work with independent haulers in the metropolitan Atlanta area to receive trap grease generated by restaurants and institutional … Read more »

University of Michigan Sustainability Report: Normalized Emissions Drop 7%

University of Michigan Sustainability Report: Normalized Emissions Drop 7%

The University of Michigan’s normalized greenhouse gas emissions fell seven percent year-on-year, according to the college’s latest sustainability report. From financial year 2011 to FY 2012 the metric fell from 257 to 232 kilograms of CO2e per person per million square feet. The college’s absolute emissions fell six percent year-on-year, … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Fisker Karma, BMW ActiveE, Nissan Leaf

Fisker Automotive has issued a voluntary recall of its Karma (pictured) following a roadside fire in one of the luxury plug-in hybrids this month. According to the company, a cooling fan overheated and started the fire. Fisker says its investigation determined the fire wasn’t caused by the lithium-ion battery pack, … Read more »

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