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A Binghamton University computer scientist has received a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program grant for $448,641 for development of green programming that could affect everything from smartphones to facility data centers.

University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a crucial key to unlocking the possibility of renewable petroleum fuels using bacteria, sunlight, and dioxide.


ASHRAE has published a new guideline to facilitate improved indoor environments by considering interactions of air quality, thermal conditions, lighting, and acoustics.


The Metal Building Manufacturers Association has announced a new fire wall listing.  The intent of the test program was to develop a fire resistance-rated, non-load bearing metal building wall assembly.


The EPA has determined through utilization of the RadNet system that no levels of concerning radiation have been detected on U.S. soil.


The Oahu Wind Integration Study has come up with some exciting numbers regarding wind and solar energy for Hawaii. 

Combined with Oahu wind farms and solar energy, the Interisland Wind project to bring 400 megawatts of wind power from Molokai and Lanai to Oahu could supply more than 25% of Oahu’s energy demands.


Solar greenhouses have played a role in China’s agricultural scene for some time, but new innovations are taking them to the next level in addressing the global energy crisis and climate change.

A recently published report based on 20 years of systematic studies from the College of Agronomy and Biotechnology at China Agricultural University proposes that solar greenhouses can greatly improve current sustainability initiatives and goals worldwide.


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.

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