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April 30, 2006

Air pollution: Quality Improving But Not Complete ...




Air quality is improving in the United States, but the improvement effort is not complete.  The data shows a strong correlation between a decrease in the pollution level and a increase in the health of citizens.  However, millions of Americans live in are where they continue to experience unhealthful levels of air pollution.  We must continue our efforts.  Pollution from marine and locomotive sources contribute significantly to the air pollution problem and are next on the improvement agenda.  The following anecdotes provide more details on the American Lung Association's study that tracks the air quality improvement.  ...

...   "The State of the Air: 2006 report finds that more than 150 million Americans still live in counties where they are exposed to unhealthful levels of air pollution. The report ranks the cities and counties with the dirtiest air, and provides county-by-county report cards on the two most pervasive air pollutants: particle pollution (more commonly called soot) and ozone (more commonly called smog). While air pollution is unsafe for everyone, some people are at increased risk because of their age or health situation. Those groups include people with asthma, adults over 65, children under 18, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD – chronic bronchitis and emphysema), people with cardiovascular disease, and those with diabetes.

The State of the Air: 2006 report also takes a closer look at pollution from marine and locomotive sources which contribute significantly to the air pollution problem. State and local air pollution officials estimate that pollution from these sources is responsible for 4,000 premature deaths a year. The U.S. EPA has promised to issue guidelines for limiting air pollution from marine and locomotive sources but has not yet acted. The marine sources include vessels ranging from tug boats and ferries to recreational boats. Emissions from boats foul the air in port cities like Houston, Los Angeles, and New York. Diesel-powered locomotives continue to pollute the air in cities like Chicago and Pittsburgh.   Air quality

The study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, monitored and analyzed air pollution and health data in six metropolitan areas: Watertown, MA; Kingston and Harriman, TN; St. Louis, MO; Steubenville, OH; Portage, Wyocena and Pardeeville, WI; and Topeka, KS. The researchers found that for each 1 microgram decrease in soot per cubic meter of air, death rates from cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness and lung cancer decrease by 3 percent – extending the lives of 75,000 people a year in the United States. The study was published in the March 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. "   ...

Air pollution: Quality Improving But Not Complete: Via American Lung Association: American Lung Association State of the Air: 2006 Report Finds Too Many U.S. Cities Still Suffer from Air Pollution ...

Reduction in Fine Particulate Air Pollution and Mortality: Extended Follow-up of the Harvard Six Cities Study -- Laden et al. 173 (6): 667 -- American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: "Conclusion: Total, cardiovascular, and lung cancer mortality were each positively associated with ambient PM2.5 concentrations. Reduced PM2.5 concentrations were associated with reduced mortality risk. "

 

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April 29, 2006

Switchgrass BioFuel: Green Energy ...




DOE program supports ethanol production from switchgrass ...

 ...   "The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) believes that biofuels - made from crops of native grasses, such as fast- growing switchgrass - could reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, curb emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, and strengthen America's farm economy. Switchgrass is big and it's tough - after a good growing season, it can stand 10 feet high, with stems as thick and strong as hardwood pencils.  It grows fast, capturing lots of solar energy and turning it into lots of chemical energy - cellulose - that can be liquified, gasified, or burned directly. It also reaches deep into the soil for water, and uses the water it finds very efficiently.  One reason BFDP researchers are confident that switchgrass can become an important feedstock for ethanol production is the groundwork that's already been laid by corn growers. U.S. ethanol production from corn currently totals nearly 2 billion gallons a year. Some of this ethanol is blended with gasoline to make gasohol;  Switchgrass Biofuelsome is further refined to make gasoline octane boosters; and some is burned, either in pure (neat) form or mixed with a small percentage of gasoline, in fleets of research and demonstration vehicles. "   ...

Switchgrass BioFuel: Green Energy: Via ORNL: Biofuels from Switchgrass: Greener Energy Pastures ...

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April 27, 2006

Biofuel from Willow Tree ...




Ethanol biofuel to be created from willow.  Regional jobs will be created in this green initiative.  ...

 ...   "The owners of the plant, Northeast Biofuels, will be taking willow tree byproduct from nearby paper mills and turning it into ethanol. "   ...

Biofuel from Willow Tree: Via AutoBlogGreen: Old beer plant now brewing ethanol ...

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April 26, 2006

BioDiesel B100 Produced for Blends ...




Heartland Biofuel produces B100 biodiesel ...

 ...   "The Flora plant produces B100, or 100% biodiesel. Its first customer, earlier this month, was Countrymark Cooperative, headquartered in Indianapolis. Countrymark supplies local coops, and blends 2% biodiesel in all its diesel fuel. "   ...

BioDiesel B100 Produced for Blends: Via Carrol County Comet: Local biofuel plant takes off ...

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April 25, 2006

BioEthanol CO2 Impact Neutral ...




Bioethanol has a neutral CO2 impact ...
... "The use of bioethanol is considered helpful to control carbon dioxide emissions, whose reduction is required under the Kyoto Protocol to combat global warming. This is because the plants grown to produce the biofuel absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, which cancels out the CO2 produced when the fuel is burned. " ...
Via TMCNet: Government, private sector to fuel case for using bioethanol ...
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Sustainability Strategy: BMW Hydrogen Economy ...




BMW sets corporate strategy for sustainability that includes the future transformation to the hydrogen economy.  ...

 ...   "In the long term, however, the BMW Group sees a bright future for hydrogen as fuel. Therefore, it is promoting the use of liquid hydrogen as fuel of the future in its BMW CleanEnergy Initiative. In 2004, the H2R Research Car demonstrated the efficiency of hydrogen combustion engines by setting nine international records for hydrogen-powered  vehicles. The sixth generation of hydrogen vehicles has been tested in the current BMW 7 Series and is in the process of series development.  BMW H2R Hydrogen Car ...  Within the next three years vehicles will be handed over to customers in order to test and optimise the concept in  daily use. "   ...

Sustainability Strategy: BMW Hydrogen Economy: Via BMW: Sustainability as part of corporate strategy (PDF) ...

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April 24, 2006

Energy Efficiency: No Cost Assessment Available ...




DOE provides no cost energy assessments to identify efficiency opportunities ...

 ...   "The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a three-day industrial Energy Saving Assessment will take place at the Nucor SteelNebraska facility in Norfolk, Nebraska, as part of the comprehensive national energy efficiency effort undertaken by the Bush Administration.  Through no-cost assessments, DOE is working with major manufacturing facilities to identify energy- and money-saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems.  Nucor Steel energy efficiency ...  DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 33 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 of the most energy-intensive manufacturing facilities in the United States as part of the national Easy Ways to Save Energy campaign launched by Secretary Bodman on October 3, 2005.  The first 22 ESAs have identified, in aggregate, more than $78 million per year in potential energy cost savings and could reduce natural gas consumption by more than nine trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed annually by more than 125,000 homes. "   ...

Energy Efficiency: No Cost Assessment Available: Via Department of Energy: DOE Conducts Energy Saving Assessment at Nucor Steel – Nebraska Facility in Norfolk, NE ...

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Fuel Efficiency Challenge: Green Car Show ...




Green car show presents challenge to increase automobile fuel efficiency ...

 ...   "Participation in this year's Tour de Sol, America's number-one green car show and competition, is available to more people than ever before thanks to a new competition and new start sites around the country.  The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), organizer of the Tour de Sol, invites anyone who drives a hybrid or flex-fuel ethanol vehicle, or uses biodiesel in their diesel car or truck, to join the Monte Carlo-style Rally and the new Fuel Efficiency Competition.  EPA Green Car ...Entrants will drive to Saratoga Spa State Park, New York to arrive by Saturday, May 13. There, as part of the 18th annual Tour de Sol and the Saratoga Automobile Museum's Auto Show, they will join dozens of other advanced vehicle owners, students competing with one-of-a-kind vehicles, and auto companies exhibiting their latest hybrid, CNG, biofuel, and hydrogen vehicles.  The Monte Carlo-style rally rewards miles per gallon, not miles per hour. Trophies are given to those who participate in the Drive-In Rally.  Cash prizes and trophies are offered to hybrid and modified hybrid drivers who participate in the 200-mile drive from the Saratoga Spa State Park to Cooperstown, NY and back on the Friday, May 12 and demonstrate the highest fuel efficiencies that are at least 40% greater than EPA estimates for their vehicle. "   ...

Via Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA): Tour de Sol Invites Hybrid and Biofuel Vehicle Drivers to Enter New Fuel Efficiency Competition ...

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April 23, 2006

Biodiesel Alternative to Petroleum Diesel ...




Biodiesel fuel is becoming a viable supplement to petroleum-based diesel ... Soy Biodesel Tank ...

...   "Biodiesel is oil from vegetables such as soybeans that has been processed into a less viscous fuel to make it usable in a conventional diesel engine. With conversion kits, such as those installed at PrairieFire, engines can be modified to handle vegetable oil without processing.  "   ... 

Via AutoBlog-GreenWisconsin State Journal: Biodiesel use grows as energy prices rise ...

Additional facts on biodiesel from Journey to Forever: "Biodiesel is much cleaner than fossil-fuel diesel ("dinodiesel"). It can be used in any diesel engine with no need for modifications ... "

DOE on Alternative Fuels: "Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant greases. Biodiesel is safe, biodegradable, and reduces serious air pollutants such as particulates, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxics. ... "

Conrad Announces $50 Million Biodiesel Plant: Senator Helps Bring World-Class Production Complex to North Dakota: "Biodiesel is a fuel that is derived from renewable crops, like canola. It provides the same fuel mileage and engine power as petroleum-based diesel, but has lower health risks and is considered environmentally friendly because it is cleaner burning and biodegradable. ... "

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Green Technology Funding UCSB ...




UCSB considers funding green initiatives through a mandatory fee, which is up for a vote.  ...

 ...   "The Green Initiative Fund will propel UCSB to the forefront of institutions proactively confronting the realities of climate change and global warming, and will expand the educational opportunities available to students here at this living laboratory we call UCSB. "   ...

Green Technology Initiative UCSB: Via UCSB: Save the Planet With Green Technology ...

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF): "Do you approve of a $2.60 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, mandatory fee in order to support The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)? TGIF will provide interest-free capital for projects intended to reduce the University's impact on the environment. If passed, the fee will include a return to aid surcharge based on the RTA percentage receiving a majority vote, would begin fall 2006, and be subject to reaffirmation in spring 2010. "

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April 22, 2006

LEED Green Building Open Standard ...




LEED green building standard adoption grows, as Army adopts ...

 ...   "For the design and construction of its buildings, the U.S. Army has announced that it will transition from its own Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT) in use since 2002, to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, beginning in 2008. The announcement was made by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment, Keith Easton.  The Federal Government, the nation's largest building owner, has been among the top users of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system, and has also helped to develop and improve the rating system through participation in USGBC member committees. LEED buildings demonstrate better life cycle economic performance than convention construction, use less energy and water, and have a smaller environmental footprint.  The U.S. Navy, Air Force and General Services Administration, Department of Energy, Department of State and Department of Energy all reference and use LEED for the design and construction of their buildings. Seven percent of the LEED projects that are currently in construction are owned by the Federal Government.

Created by the USGBC, the LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national leadership standard for developing high-performance green buildings. LEED provides a comprehensive framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources. "   ...

LEED Green Building Open Standard: Via USGBC: U.S. Army Adopts LEED Green Building Rating System ...

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April 21, 2006

Landfill Gas Cuts GM Natural Gas Consumption ...




GM lowers natural gas consumption through the use of landfill gas makes progress in its renewable energy goals.  Sharon Morton, GM Communications, provides update on General Motors Landfill Gas efforts.  ...

 ...   "General Motors has reduced its natural gas consumption by 21 percent since 2000 and is expected to achieve its goal of a 25 percent energy reduction by the end of 2006.  The sum of landfill gas capacity at the seven GM operations using the fuel is equivalent to the energy needed to heat over 25,000 households, which represents about 1.6 trillion BTUs per year. Each landfill gas installation at a GM plant generates annual savings of greater than $500,000. "   ...

Landfill Gas Cuts GM Natural Gas Consumption: Via General Motors FYI Blog: One Man's Garbage Is ...

DOE on Landfill Gas: "Methane, on the other hand, which is less soluble in water and lighter than air, is likely to migrate out of the landfill. Landfill gas energy facilities capture the methane (the principal component of natural gas) and combust it for energy. "

Environmental Protection Agency - LMOP: "Landfill gas is the natural by-product of the decomposition of solid waste in landfills and is comprised primarily of carbon dioxide and methane. By preventing emissions of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) through the development of landfill gas energy projects, LMOP helps businesses, states, energy providers, and communities protect the environment and build a sustainable future. "

 

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April 20, 2006

Energy Efficiency Clean Diesel




EPA and BorgWarner collaborate to create clean diesel ...

 ...   "Leading global powertrain supplier BorgWarner Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced a partnership to develop advanced air management technologies that will enable the automotive and trucking industries to utilize EPA's Clean Diesel Combustion (CDC) and High-Efficiency Gasoline combustion technologies.  The partnership is particularly focused on technologies that lead to products that improve efficiency with lower emissions and have the best potential for commercialization. The collaboration was announced during a ceremony today at the BorgWarner Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  Broad industry interest in EPA's Clean Diesel Combustion has accelerated the need for more advanced air-boosting systems than are available for today's diesel. 

U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg emphasized that successful commercialization of the advanced turbochargers and air management technologies that form the basis of the partnership will put more clean-diesel vehicles on America's highways.  Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, said that the next generation of clean diesel engines are extremely attractive technologies to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to reduce emission of greenhouse gases. "   ...

Energy Efficiency Clean Diesel: Via BorgWarner: BorgWarner and EPA Working Together to Clean the Air, Save Americans Gas Money, Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil ...

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 62 locations in 17 countries. Customers include Ford, VW/Audi, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, Hyundai/Kia, Honda, BMW, Caterpillar, Navistar International, and Peugeot.

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April 19, 2006

Energy Efficiency: Energy Star Program ...




Energy Star program makes significant impact on American energy savings ...

 ...   "Last year alone, Americans with the help of Energy Star, saved enough energy to power 28 million homes and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 23 million cars, all while saving $12 billion on their energy bills. More than 500,000 new homes have earned the Energy Star distinction and more than 26,000 office buildings, schools, supermarkets and hotels have benchmarked their energy use.  Energy Star partners of the year, including Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, set and reached annual goals to shrink energy use. For example, a retailer reduced energy use by 25 percent in more than 1,200 of its stores and a property management firm improved energy efficiency over 22 million square feet, saving more than $2 million annually.  Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Now in partnership with DOE, EPA works with more than 8,000 organizations to improve the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. "   ...

Via EPA Energy Star: Businesses Turn Energy Savings Into a Profit for the Environment ...

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April 18, 2006

Alternative Energy Investment: Green Technology ...




AES makes significant commitment to alternative energy through green technology ...

 ...   "AES said it is evaluating future investments in other sources of alternative energy such as solar power and wave technologies. The company said it is also evaluating future investments in non-electric business lines such as ethanol, bio diesel, methane capture and conversion projects, synthetic fuels and new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "   ...

Alternative Energy Investment: Green Technology: Via AES: AES Creates Alternative Energy Group; AES Plans to Invest Approximately $1 Billion over Three Years in Alternative Energy Businesses, Including Greenhouse Gas Reduction Projects ...

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April 17, 2006

Energy Efficiency: Austria's Strength ...




Austria admired for its strengths in energy efficiency and the use of biomass ...

...   "A range of state of the art sustainable energy products from companies in Austria will be among the exhibits at the SEI organised Energy Show in the RDS on May 10-11. All aspects of energy efficiency will be also addressed at seminars. "   ...

Via Examiner: Austria an inspiration for energy solutions ...

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April 16, 2006

Paperless Invoice Earth Award: AT&T ...




AT&T recognized for contributions to the earth through paperless invoice program.  ...

 ...   "The National Arbor Day Foundation will present AT&T Inc. with the Foundation's 2006 Promise to the Earth Award in April in recognition of an ongoing AT&T campaign encouraging residential and small-business customers to receive electronic statements and opt out of receiving paper bills through its AT&T eBill service.  Through March 31, 2006, AT&T has pledged a $1 contribution to The National Arbor Day Foundation for each new AT&T eBill activation and cancellation of AT&T paper bill by a residential or small-business customer, with donations earmarked to support the Foundation's tree-planting and education initiatives across the country. Customers in the traditional 13-state AT&T local territory are eligible.  Since the program's introduction in July 2005, monthly enrollments in AT&T eBill have increased by 54 percent. Annually, more than 36,000 trees are saved through the use of AT&T online services."   ...

Paperless Invoice Earth Award: AT&T: Via AT&T: The National Arbor Day Foundation awards AT&T for campaign that encourages customers to go paperless ...

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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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