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In Defense of LEED
March 11, 2011 08:24 AM - Bob Faulhaber, Green Economy Post, Matter Network

You may have already heard, but there's a lawsuit pending against the USGBC. The plaintiffs claim that they are "losing customers because USGBC's false advertisements mislead the consumer into believing that obtaining LEED certification incorporates construction techniques that achieve energy-efficiency." If you're looking for an article that jumps on that train, you're in the wrong place. I think this lawsuit is seriously misguided, and draws attention away from all of the positive consequences of the USGBC's work.

Controlling Beijing's Air Pollution Would Cut Lung Disease by Half
February 25, 2011 07:04 AM - Editor, Matter Network

If enacted permanently, Chinese initiatives to control air pollution during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing would reduce by almost half the lifetime risk of lung cancer, a new study says.

DOE Transportation Budget Is All About EVs
February 18, 2011 08:13 AM - John Gartner, Matter Network

The 2012 Department of Energy budget submitted to Congress on Monday includes a 20-page section on Vehicle Technologies (VT), and nearly every word of it refers to vehicle electrification. In language of funding dollars, the VT budget jumps by 80 percent from $325 million to $588 million.

DC Power: Not Just for the Energizer Bunny Anymore
January 13, 2011 08:49 AM - Mike Wapner, Matter Network

During the late 1800s Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse were engaged in an intense industrial rivalry. Edison's electrical inventions ran on DC (direct current). Westinghouse tried to convince governments and business that AC (alternating current) was the way to go for the development of large-scale power distribution systems. In their book American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories of the People Who Defined Business in the United States, Larry Schweikart and Lynne Pierson Doti retell how the battle got pretty nasty.

Electric Vehicles in for Remarkable Ride In 2011
January 4, 2011 08:35 AM - John Gartner, Matter Network

The first Chevrolet Volts, Nissan Leafs, and Smart EDs were delivered in December, but in the annals of history 2011 will be remembered as the year that electric vehicles (EVs) arrived. EVs for sale to consumers will dominate the headlines throughout the year as average Americans begin to recognize EVs as they roll down the road.

Walgreens Goes Geothermal in Chicago
December 26, 2010 08:25 AM - SustainableBusiness.com, Matter Network

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) announced the opening of a store in suburban Chicago that uses geothermal heating and cooling. The drugstore chain said it is the first in the industry to use the technology in a retail store. The location, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Ill., is expected to reduce its energy usage by about 46 percent as a result of the geothermal system. Last year, The Village of Oak Park passed an ordinance requiring any retailer that wants to build a commercial property within its village limits to investigate geothermal energy.

Eeny Miny Moe: Where Should the EV Charging Stations Go?
December 17, 2010 07:25 AM - John Gartner, Matter Network

I don't envy the folks charged with determining where the public charging infrastructure should be installed to support the rollout of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The lucky owners of the first Volts and Leafs that are delivered during the next few weeks and months will primarily rely on home charging, but that will be complemented by public locations.

Chevy Cruze Eco Earns 42 MPG Highway Rating
November 16, 2010 08:09 AM - Christopher DeMorro, Matter Network

Things are heating up in the small car segment. GMhas rated its Chevy Cruze Eco model at 42 mpg highway. That beats out many pricier hybrids and sets a new bar in the under-$20,000 segment.

Italy Goes Solar With First Sun-Powered Road
November 11, 2010 08:33 AM - Carlo Ombello , Matter Network

Most people will be surprised, but Italy was the first country in the world to build motorways. In fact, the A8 "Milano-Laghi" motorway ("Milan-Lakes", as it connects the city of Milan to Lake Como and Maggiore) was completed in 1926. Time has passed and all developed nations now boast wide motorway networks, a strategic infrastructure that helps interconnecting people, places and is ultimately essential to economic growth. But Italy will soon be able to claim a new "first": the A18 Catania-Siracusa motorway, a 30km addition to Sicily's 600km motorway network, will be a fully solar-powered motorway, the first in its kind.

U.S. Wind Industry Poised for a Steep Decline?
September 19, 2010 10:36 PM - Peter Asmus, Matter Network

As of the summer of 2010, the landscape for the wind industry has changed dramatically from last year, when the U.S. set a record by installing over 10 GW in a single year and claiming the title of the world’s top wind power producer for the second year in a row.

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