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New Jersey to Take Lead in Offshore Wind Energy?
August 26, 2010 08:55 AM - Timothy B. Hurst - Ecopolitology, Matter Network

As the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm in Massachusetts fends off some last ditch legal challenges to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., New Jersey passed a law this week that would ultimately make it the leading provider of offshore wind energy in the country.

Does Salem's Building Disaster Give LEED a Bad Name?
August 24, 2010 08:48 AM - Dawn Killough, Matter Network

Salem, Oregon is a-buzz with the news that its LEED Certified Courthouse Square building and transit mall have been declared structurally unsound. The ten year old home of Cherriots bus service and hub for local government is being evacuated as we speak. City departments are scrambling to lease office space in other buildings, and quickly move before catastrophic failure of the building threatens them.

2010: The Year of Compressed Air Energy Storage?
August 6, 2010 08:36 AM - David Link, Matter Network

There are signs that 2010 could be the coming out party for Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES). With the onslaught of large wind and solar deployments that will be added to the grid to meet state renewable portfolio standards requirements, there is a lot of buzz about the need for energy storage systems, particularly bulk energy storage. Bulk systems can store megawatt-scale amounts of energy produced during off peak times. They then discharge that energy during peak times, when prices are higher, and over many hours.

Houston Rockets' Stadium Wins LEED Certification
July 6, 2010 09:16 AM - Dawn Killough, Green Building Elements, Matter Network

The Houston Toyota Center, home of the NBA's Houston Rockets, recently earned certification through the US Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Program. The Center becomes the first such venue in Texas to be certified, and joins the Portland Rose Garden, Miami's American Airlines Arena, and Atlanta's Philips Arena as the only LEED certified NBA facilities.

The Fifth Imperative: How Sustainability Makes Companies More Agile
June 29, 2010 08:53 AM - Eric Lowitt, Matter Network

Sustainability is the fifth imperative companies have faced since World War II. But, unlike the four preceding imperatives, sustainability requires companies change both how they create value and for whom they create value. The good news for companies? Embracing sustainability can lead to an unexpected and long-lasting benefit: enhanced agility. Here's how and why.

Telepresence Could Save Business $19 Billion by 2020
June 25, 2010 09:12 AM - Thomas Miner, Matter Network

According to a new study of large companies using telepresence technology, U.S. and U.K. businesses that substitute some business travel with telepresence can cut CO2 emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total – the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing more than one million passenger vehicles from the road for one year – and achieve total economy-wide financial benefits of almost $19 billion, by 2020.

DOE Gives $60 Million To Expand Local Energy Efficiency Efforts
June 21, 2010 11:59 AM - SustainableBusiness.com, Matter Network

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that 20 communities have been selected for more than $60 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement local energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Local governments, nonprofit organizations and quasi-governmental organizations are among the recipients for the competitive grants, administered under the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

Toronto Unveils the Futuristic Farmers Market
June 15, 2010 10:32 AM - Susie Kim-Carberry, Matter Network

Toronto has revealed the future of farmer's market by by unveiling this futuristic design proposed by Adamson Associates Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This industrial design was the winner of the competition held to replace the St. Lawrence Market North in Toronto. By an unanimous decision by the judges, the winner of the competition will bring a more modern approach to the historic district without disrupting the visual appeal of older buildings {according to Inhabitat}.

Kevin Costner’s Oil Extractor Ready to Take Action in the Gulf
June 14, 2010 07:02 AM - Karen Nelson, GreenTech TV, Matter Network

Kevin Costner, actor, musician and environmentalist is ready to help clean up the Gulf oil spill with a centrifuge device that is already in the Gulf waters, ready for action. Concerned about the short-term and long-term ramifications of oil spills in 1993, Costner procured a technology transfer from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory for a centrifugal oil-water separator. He subsequently founded Costner Industries (CINC) and committed the next 15 years, and over $20 million to fund the research efforts of team of scientists, product development, advocacy and outreach. The goal was to be a first line of defense in oil spill clean-up and recovery. The result is a rugged, compact portable device that uses centrifuge technology to separate oil from water.

As Part of Growing Trend, UPS Adds 200 Hybrid Trucks
June 7, 2010 08:42 AM - Hybrid Cars, Matter Network

United Parcel Service this week is rolling out 200 new hybrid gas-electric delivery trucks in eight U.S. cities. Over the course of a year, the 200 new hybrid trucks are expected to reduce fuel consumption by roughly 176,000 gallons and cutting CO2 gases by nearly 1,800 metric tons. The move by UPS is part of a growing trend, identified in a new report from Pike Research about the global market for hybrid medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Pike forecasts an increase from 9,000 vehicles sold globally in 2010 to more than 100,000 vehicles in 2015.

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