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New York University has announced the completion of a natural gas-fired Co-Generation (CoGen) plant, which will decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 23% and air pollutants by 68% when compared to the previous oil-fired CoGen.

The AIA has released figures detailing a slow recovery for the nonresidential construction industry, predicting no increase in spending until late in 2011.  In fact, nonresidential construction spending is expected to take a 2% dip, with recovery and increases coming in 2012.


The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) will be making its exhibiting debut at the International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (AHR) Expo, January 31 through February 2 in Las Vegas, NV.


Are we moving to the next generation of clean cars?  The DOT, the EPA, and the state of California have announced a timeframe for proposal of fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks.


Johnson Controls has announced a new technology designed to help reduce energy consumption in central chilled water plants in buildings and facilities by up to 60%. 


Aharon Gedanken and his colleagues are reporting successful lab tests of “killer paper,” a material intended as next-generation food packaging material to combat bacteria that cause spoilage.  However, this food packaging material has a lot of potential for commercial use as well, as a germ-fighting coating for plastics, fabrics, and metals in hospitals, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Accor North America and Motel 6 have implemented the “Phoenix My Break Room” initiative, a energy-saving employee incentive program.  This simple plan has potential for use across many industry sectors, including retail, restaurant, and commercial locations.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the DOE have announced initiatives to promote tribal energy development.  Up to $10 million will be available this year through the Tribal Energy Program to support energy efficiency and renewable energy resources on tribal lands.


U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that more than 300,000 low-income homes have been weatherized under the Recovery Act.  This milestone places progress at 50% of President Obama’s goal of weatherizing 600,000 homes.


The EPA and the SBA have announced a collaborative effort known as the Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC), designed to develop and commercialize technologies to solve environmental issues, encourage sustainability, and create jobs.

Colorado State University’s department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture has identified 5 plants optimum for green roof use in semiarid regions. 
The EPA has allocated $7 million to fund human health issue research focused on communities where people are exposed to multiple health stressors, such as chemicals, anxiety, and poor nutrition. 

The EPA has announced that it is using the authority bestowed by the Clean Water Act to halt disposal of mining waste in steams at the Mingo-Logan Coal Company’s Spruce No. 1 coal mine.


Johnson Controls has announced the launch of the 10th annual Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge, a national competition for students K-12 to share knowledge, innovation, and ideas about environmental stewardship.


Ford has introduced the first all-electric, zero-emissions passenger car, the Focus Electric.  The first of five electric vehicles Ford will deliver by 2013, the Focus is a gasoline free version of the popular small car.


Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been distinguished as one of the more promising methods for assessing potential carbon dioxide storage sites, and is now the focus of a series of the DOE’s “best practices” manuals.


Glass stronger than steel? A new damage-tolerant metallic glass featuring strength and toughness beyond any known material has been developed by researchers from the DOE’s Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. 


The DOE has announced the finalization of plans for a $1.45 billion loan towards an Abengoa  Solar Inc. solar plant project near Gila Bend, AZ. 

President Obama has signed a bill that will extend many energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions through 2011. 

A successful full-scale test of hyperbaric centrifuge technology at a Jim Walter Resources Inc. coal-cleaning plant in Alabama has demonstrated the value of this revolutionary innovation.

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