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ExxonMobil

States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

Duke Energy

Duke Energy Fined $102M for Clean Water Act Crimes

Three subsidiaries of Duke Energy, the largest utility in the US, pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit … Read more »

Verizon e-waste recycling

Verizon Diverts 2 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Sets New Goal

Verizon today achieved its goal to collect 2 million pound of electronic waste, reaching its 2010 target eight months early. The company also set a new goal: to collect another 2 million pounds of e-waste by 2020. Verizon met its earlier five-year e-waste goal during today’s e-waste recycling rally in … Read more »

Alexandria Renew

Anammox Deammonification Wastewater System Expected to Save 25% on Chemicals, Energy

Alexandria Renew Enterprises has begun operating a system to help clean wastewater that is expected to save up to 25 percent on energy and chemicals compared to conventional wastewater cleaning processes. The technology uses Anammox microbes, also known as red bugs. AlexRenew — which operates a wastewater reclamation facility in … Read more »

Skanska

How Civil Construction Can Cut Its Environmental Impact and Save Money

Skanska’s civil construction team has realized a recycling/reuse rate of 99 percent for its Virginia Elizabeth River Tunnels project, which is moving 16,000-ton tunnel tubes under the Elizabeth River, according to a company blog. The firm says this is one example of how civil construction, which often requires a large … Read more »

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Illinois for the second year in a row has the most LEED-certified green buildings per capita — 174 representing 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident — according to the US Green Building Council’s annual Top 10 States for LEED list. Colorado, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts round out the … Read more »

Airport Expects Savings Up to $50,000 from CNG Fleet

The Richmond International Airport expects to save between $25,000 and $50,000 per year after converting its fleet to compressed natural gas, according to Green Alternative Systems, which helped the Virginia airport make the switch. This represents a savings of about $1 per gallon compared to diesel fuel. Converting the fleet … Read more »

Market-Based Water Quality Trading Program Curbs Pollution

A market-based nutrient trading program in Virginia has encouraged economic investments and reduced phosphorus pollution to local waterways, helping to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay, the EPA says. By offsetting increases in phosphorus loads, nutrient trading provides economic incentives for farmers, including cost savings, new income and … Read more »

Catalytic Converter Recycling Plant Coming to Virginia

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Global Refining Group, a sister company to ABC Recycling, will spend $4.2 million to build a catalytic convertor recycling plant near its Kenbridge headquarters in Lunenburg County, Virginia. ABC Company recycles vehicles, scrap metals and catalytic converters, according to Recycling Today. McAuliffe said he … Read more »

Climate Change Response a ‘Competitive Advantage’

Climate Change Response a ‘Competitive Advantage’

In a state-by-state analysis of the business response to climate change, a CDP report shows companies across America are factoring global warming into their business planning because they see climate action as a prudent way to build competitive advantage for their firms nationally and globally. The new report examines the … Read more »

Volvo

Volvo Plant Achieves Zero Landfill Status

Volvo’s New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Va., has achieved zero landfill status at its truck manufacturing operations, the company says. According to the automaker, all waste generated by the facility, which manufactures all Volvo trucks sold in North America, is now recycled, composted or converted to electricity. … Read more »