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The University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has won the Hydrogen Education Foundation’s 2011 Hydrogen Student Design Contest for the fifth time in the six-year history of the contest.  The contest is designed to encourage innovation in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.


The DOE has announced the winners of the third annual Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) awards.   The NGL competition launched in 2008 to promote energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial lighting and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers.


The EPA is issuing final Clean Air Act Standards for boilers and incinerators, framed around  public health protection.  This revised implementation is expected to cost approximately 50% less than a similar proposal last year.

The EPA has recently registered copper for use in protecting heating and air conditioning equipment surfaces from bacteria, mold, and mildew. 

The EPA has recognized 74 leading Energy Star organizations for achievements in energy efficiency across their building portfolios in 2010, 50 of which are first time Energy Star Leaders. 


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced a conditional commitment to SoloPower, Inc. for a $197 million loan guarantee to retrofit an existing building and install additional equipment to operate a thin-film solar panel manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, OR.

 The EPA has awarded $5.5 million to three consortia to research innovations in the field of nanotechnology.
President Obama has announced an action plan under the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to achieve lasting conservation of lands and waters across the nation.  Established last April, the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative is designed to work with the American people with community-based conservation goals

The EPA will be seeking public comment on the annual inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 draft report after it opens to the general population 30 days after the Federal Register notice is published.


A recent survey conducted by Staples Advantage, the B2B division of Staples, Inc., shows ergonomic office furniture and technology can have a significant impact on how your employees feel – and work.


Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced up to $5 million in funds to support Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence, focusing on the education of a workforce for future automotive technologies.

ASHRAE’s Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings will be taking place April 4-6, 2011, at ASHRAE Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of Basin Electric Power Cooperative to receive a loan guarantee to construct over 100 wind turbines to produce an expected 151.5 megawatts of electricity.


The Obama Administration has proposed the EPA budget for the FY 2012 - $8.973 billion.  This budget proposal is approximately a 13% decrease from the 2010 budget of $10.3 billion.

The University of Southern Indiana has expanded the University Center utilizing the latest cost-effective, environmentally-sustainable practices. 
The DOE has joined with local and state leaders in Heathsville, VA, to install a wind turbine as part of the Wind for Schools project. 

The EPA and the U.S. Justice Department have announced that Cemex, Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations at its cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio.  In addition to the penalty costs, Cemex will spend approximately $2 million on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions.


A new record for attendance was achieved at the Las Vegas 2011 AHR Expo with over 34,000 attendees, 20,000 exhibiting personnel, and 1938 exhibiting companies.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which large volumes of water, sand, and chemicals are injected at high pressure to extract oil and natural gas from underground rock formations, and it’s currently under review.

The DOE has announced plans to leverage oil and gas expertise to test reliability and efficiency of geothermal power generation at oil and gas fields under the Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP).

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