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 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

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. 

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