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April 15, 2006

Go Green Program ...




Fairmont Hotels embraces Go Green program ...

 ...   "For more than a decade, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has embraced its role as an environmental steward, helping to preserve the destinations both its colleagues and guests enjoy. As the hotel company commemorates Earth Day (April 22, 2006) with colleague initiatives across the chain, guests too can go green with year-round programs that protect the environment, provide enriching experiences and that are fun too! "   ...

Via Fairmont Hotels and Resorts: Keeping it Green is Second Nature for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts ...

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April 14, 2006

Fuel Cell: Mass Transit Bus Applications ...




Fuel cell bus applications ...

 ...   "FTA is coordinating and working with industry to rationalize diverse efforts in hydrogen and fuel cell buses in order to accelerate their commercial viability, and to fuel cell bushelp accelerate the successful commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell propulsion. Future efforts will focus on dramatically improving the energy efficiency, emissions, performance, and cost-effectiveness of the 40-foot heavy-duty transit bus, the most prevalent vehicle used by U.S. transit agencies. "   ...

Fuel Cell: Mass Transit Bus Applications: Via Federal Transit Administration: Fuel Cell Transit Bus: Fuel Cell Technology Development and Demonstration ...

 ...   "London is taking part in a pioneering project to reduce air pollution and noise by testing the first generation of zero-emission fuel cell buses. "   ...

Via London Transport: Fuel cell buses ...

 ...   "Georgetown University (GU) announces that a team led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has won the contract to design, develop, and fabricate a fuel cell power plant operating on methanol as a subsystem for a next generation, heavy-duty transit bus. "   ...

Via Georgetown University: the Generation III Fuel Cell Bus project ...

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Water Quality Protection Project ...




Water quality project focuses on proactive run-off protection techniques, such as farming systems and buffer strips.  ...

 ...   "Gov. Dave Heineman received a grant for $810,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help support a cooperative water-quality protection project in the Big Blue River/Tuttle Creek Lake watershed. The watershed area extends across southeast Nebraska and parts of northeast Kansas. tuttle creek lake water quality

Tuttle Creek Lake is a 14,000-acre reservoir located in northeast Kansas. Nearly 75 percent of the reservoir's 9,600 sq. mile watershed is located upstream in Nebraska. Several streams, including both the Little and Big Blue Rivers, flow into the watershed area.  Tuttle Creek Lake is a primary source of water for the Kansas River, which supplies public drinking water for Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City. Water quality in watershed area has been affected by run-off of sediment, nutrients and chemicals from cultivated cropland and livestock waste. To improve water quality in the watershed, the project will build upon pre-existing partnerships and cost-share programs throughout the two-state region.  A major focus of the Tuttle Creek project will be the installation of conservation practices throughout the watershed. Of particular interest are no-till farming systems and riparian buffer strips, which have been shown to be cost-effective ways to reduce run-off. Landowners in the region will be encouraged to adopt these and other conservation practices in positively impact water quality in the region."   ...

Water Quality Protection Project: Via Nebraska: Nebraska Receives $810,000 EPA Grant for Cooperative Watershed Project ...

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Biofuels Support Greenhouse Gas Reduction ...




Biofuels, such as ethanol, can displace the use of non-renewable energy sources in transportation.  ...

...   "Keys to the Future: An important way to limit future transportation greenhouse gas emissions is to increase reliance on fuels made from renewable resources. For example, Argonne National Laboratory has estimated that it is possible to achieve emission reductions of up to 25 percent by switching to corn-based ethanol fuels now; and, with wider use, a reduction of about 30 percent might be possible ...

An emerging issue only beginning to be discussed by the public in 1975 was the potential for global climate change resulting from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  One of the most important of these greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide, and transportation is a major source of this. In 1975, transportation produced 350 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and the atmosphere  carried 330 parts per million CO2 by volume. Today, transportation produces nearly 500 million metric tons of CO2 per year, and atmospheric loading is estimated to be about 370 parts per million—1.3 times pre-industrial levels. Corn-based Biofuel ...

Transportation will always require energy. Achieving sustainable energy for transportation will require that pollutant emissions fall faster than traffic grows, that greenhouse gas emissions are controlled to acceptable levels, that dependence on oil is reduced, and that energy resources for transportation expand faster than they are consumed.

The USDOT is laying the foundation for this broad-based approach to sustainability as related to transportation. The Department has formed a Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting, which is conducting research and development solutions that can address long-term environmental problems while accomplishing other national transportation goals. The Center is the USDOT’s focal point for technical expertise on  transportation and climate change. One of its primary goals is to develop compliance and multimodal approaches to reduce transportationrelated greenhouse gases. The USDOT also has launched Smart Growth initiatives focused on the interaction between transportation investments and land use. These, and related initiatives, will address both current and future challenges in enhancing and preserving communities and the natural environment. "   ...

Biofuels Support Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Via U.S. Department of Transportation: Bureau of Transportation Statistics: The Changing Face of Transportation (PDF), BTS00-007 ...

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April 13, 2006

Sustainable Development: Corporate DNA ...




Sustainable development requires an enterprise to influence their corporate DNA for the long-term.  ...

 ...   "Sustainable development will steadily advance over the next 10 years, with six major trends influencing industry world-wide, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers' report, Corporate Responsibility: Strategy, Management and Value. The challenge of creating strategies that meet immediate needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations will be driven by the growing influence of: global market forces; revisions in corporate governance; high speed innovation; large scale globalisation; evolving societal requirements and communication, the report says.  

Misser advises that the business sector needs an elemental approach – integration, action and communication. First, companies must formulate a clear strategy for behaving responsibly and integrate that strategy within their core business operations – like a gene that is encoded in their DNA and copied to each cell in the corporate body. Second, they must adhere to the values and standards they have articulated for themselves. Long-term sustainable performance does not come from proclaiming a code of conduct but from putting it into daily action. And last, they must tell the world clearly what they are doing – both their successes and their challenges. Only then can they close the gap in perceptions, maintain their reputations and act as an example to other organisations. "   ...

 Sustainable Development: Corporate DNA: Via PWC: Six Trends Will Drive Sustainable Development, According to PricewaterhouseCoopers ...

 

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April 12, 2006

Green Environmental Certification ...




Institute offers green technology certification ...

 ...   "In addition to our commitment to excellence, acknowledgement from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute gives our customers valid, third-party affirmation that our products continue to be on the cutting edge of green technology and meet the strictest guidelines for indoor air quality. "   ...

Green Environmental Certification: Via Centre Magazine: Owens Corning Awarded Greenguard Certification For Schools ...

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Sustainability: WalMart Proactive ...




 Walmart sets proactive goals for sustainability ...

...   "As the world's largest retail company, the largest private consumer of electricity in the U.S. and the owner of one of the largest private heavy-duty truck fleets in this country, Wal-Mart has an especially keen interest in the Committee's environmental work. In 2005, the company announced that sustainability would be at the core of its corporate mission.

Walmart's Goals:  Elimination of 30 percent of the energy used by stores, with the corporate goal of eventually being fueled 100 percent by renewable energy;  Elimination of 25 percent of the solid waste from U.S. stores in the next three years, with the corporate goal of producing zero waste;  Increased efficiency of its truck fleet by 25 percent over the next three years, with efficiency doubled within 10 years; and except in the North, Wal-Mart utilizes white reflective roof membranes, resulting in a 10 percent lower cooling load. "   ...

Sustainability: WalMart Proactive: Via Walmart: Wal-Mart Sustainability Chief Participates in Senate Climate Conference ...

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April 10, 2006

Green Technology Weblog Launched ...




Welcome to the Green Technology weblog ....
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