A survey commissioned by Cintas Corporation has revealed that a staggering 84% of adults in the United States prefer to do business with companies that use green cleaning products and practices. 


Staples Advantage, the B2B division of Staples, Inc., has released a document containing tips and tricks for moving your office and staff into spring. 

Office productivity is often a topic of concern for facility managers and professionals, and these broad stroke bullet points can help guide initiatives and operations leading into the spring season.


Researchers at MIT have found a significant way to improve solar-cell efficiency, utilizing the aid of tiny genetically modified viruses to perform assembly work at the microscopic level.  It may sound like a bad sci-fi story, but these viral improvements have allowed the effective use of nanotubes in solar power technology.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the Top Ten Green Projects of 2011, examples of sustainable architecture and green design excellence.   These projects will be recognized at the AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.


The EPA has released its FY2010 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance, revealing that it has met or exceeded all federal goals to decrease energy use per square foot; reduce potable water use per square foot; lessen fleet petroleum use; establish inventories of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions; incorporate sustainable building practices; and increase renewable energy use.


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced an offer of conditional commitment for a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to support Units 1 and 2 of the Blythe Solar Power Project, sponsored by Solar Trust of America, LLC.  This California solar thermal power plant will be built adjacent to the City of Blythe in Riverside County, California and is expected to create over 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 80 operations jobs.


An ASHRAE project grant is funding the development of a net zero energy design toolkit designed to help facilitate the understanding of building construction impacts and net zero energy targets.

The EPA has proposed stronger standards that would require facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to reduce emissions of harmful toxics, with the goal of improving air quality and protecting community health.

The USGBC has introduced its latest green building rating system, LEED for Healthcare.  Debuting at the CleanMed conference, the rating system is intended to guide the design and construction of new buildings and major renovations.


The USDA and DOE have joined forces to the tune of $30 million over three to four years that will support research and development for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).

The DOE has announced EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future, a three-year collegiate engineering competition that is designed to reduce the environmental impact of an existing vehicle without compromising safety, performance, and consumer acceptability.

The EPA has announced the 2011 ENERGY STAR winners that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to protecting America’s health and environment through energy efficiency. 111 ENERGY STAR partners have been selected - manufacturers, retailers, public schools, real estate companies, home builders, and hospitals.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced a May 2011 release for AIA Document D503-2011, Guide for Sustainable Projects, including Agreement Amendments and Supplementary Conditions (“Guide”).


A new study published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy shows that the addition of alumina nanoparticles can improve the performance and combustion of biofuel.  These nano-enhanced biofuels also come with the added benefit of producing fewer emissions.


New survey results from Staples Advantage, the B2B division of Staples, Inc., suggest that having a fully stocked office kitchen complete with food, coffee, and amenities can lead to more productive employees.


The DOE and the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) are signing a Memorandum of Understanding to promote collaboration on sustainable clean energy technologies, building on ties between the U.S. and Qatar.


The EPA has announced updated standards for lighting and light fixtures to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.  The new standards will go into effect October 1, 2011, and will require ENERGY STAR label light fixtures to increase efficiency 30% above currently qualified fluorescent based fixtures.


Clanton & Associates has announced the results of a six-month study analyzing the value and energy savings of lighting control systems and technologies in standard commercial office retrofit projects.  The overall findings are significant, showing that wireless lighting control systems offer greater energy and cost savings compared to conventional localized and centralized lighting control system options.


A new polymer-based solar-thermal device is the first to generate power from both heat and visible sunlight, which could have significant cost reduction applications for both homes and facilities.


The EPA has updated rules that will make it easier for manufacturers to sell fuel conversion systems.  These conversion systems typically allow vehicles to run with alternative fuels, allowing energy security, fuel cost, and emissions needs to be dealt with sustainably with an eco-friendly focus.