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The EPA has responded to a court deadline, and proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants.  

 The NASA Sustainability Base, scheduled to occupy in April/May of 2011, is an interesting examination of sustainability.  Designed to produce more energy than it uses, the NASA Sustainability Base meets LEED Platinum guidelines, integrates the latest NASA technology, and focuses on air quality, natural lighting, intelligent controls, and flexible building controls.

The EPA has released a list featuring the U.S. metropolitan areas with the greatest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned ENERGY STAR certification in 2010.

The EPA, DOJ, and the state of West Virginia have announced that Consol Energy Inc., the largest producer of coal from underground mines in the United States, has agreed to pay $5.5 million in civil penalties for Clean Water Act violations at six locations.

The EPA has tagged 10 new hazardous waste sites to be added to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.  These hazardous waste sites have been selected based on risks to public health and environmental threats.


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has congratulated a team of researchers at the Department’s BioEnergy Science Center who have achieved advancement toward next generation biofuels.


Newly funded research by ASHRAE will focus on developing building operations and maintenance, energy efficiency, and comfort and sustainability.

 The USGBC has released the 2010 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings.  The District of Columbia comes out on top nationally, with 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person.

Former EPA fugitive Joseph DeMatteo of Clark County, NV, has been sentenced to serve 5 months home detention, with a three year probation term following the detention. DeMatteo was one of 10 Nevada-certified emissions testers indicted for falsifying vehicle emissions test reports in Las Vegas.


Since 2006, more than 500 building projects have been certified through the LEED Volume program, which streamlines the certification process for high-volume property owners and managers.


A report released today by the EPA shows that the benefits of reducing fine particle and ground level ozone pollution under the 1990 Clean Air Act will reach a staggering $2 trillion in 2020 while saving approximately 230,000 people from early death in that year alone.


Harvard Graduate student Wonyoung Kim has developed and demonstrated a new device with the potential to reduce the power usage of modern processing chips.  This technology could allow for more efficient, energy-friendly data centers.


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

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