• Survey: Green Takes Strong Hold with Architects, Designers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Autodesk, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced the results of the 2007 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures how AIA member architects in the United States are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions about the green building movement. The index shows that green building has taken a firm hold on the industry and has captured the attention of both architects and their clients. >> Read the Full Article
  • Greening The New Year

    HOUSTON - According to a recent survey, 49 percent of all Americans will make a green New Year's resolution for 2008. Direct Energy, a large North American provider of energy and energy-related services is offering tips to help homeowners keep their green resolutions. "Making a green resolution is easy since it can yield tremendous benefits, such as reducing energy consumption, saving money and helping the environment," said Dave Walton, director of home ideas for Direct Energy. "However, like any New Year's resolution, keeping that commitment to energy efficiency can be a little harder, so we wanted to offer these quick and easy tips to help homeowners." >> Read the Full Article
  • Ofer to invest $30 mln in electric car deal

    Ofer Shipping is owned by the Ofer family, which also controls Israel Corp. Israel Corp. earlier acquired a 33 percent stake in the electric car venture after agreeing to invest $100 million.

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  • DoE Finalizes Regulations to Increase Energy Efficiency in New Federal Buildings by 30%

    “Dramatically elevating building efficiency standards to these unprecedented levels substantially transforms the way the federal government manages and uses energy,” DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Andy Karsner said. “These standards contribute to sound and stable efficiency policy that will yield real, substantive energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.” >> Read the Full Article
  • Wall Street futures mixed; eyes on oil data

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Futures on two of the three leading stock market indexes fell before the start of Wall Street trading on Thursday, with the focus on economic and oil inventory data as no S&P 500 firms are due to report results. At 4:45 a.m. EST, Dow Jones futures traded 0.2 percent lower and S&P 500 futures were down 0.1 percent, while Nasdaq futures rose 0.1 percent. >> Read the Full Article
  • China says is no threat to world energy security

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China said it is not a threat to world energy security and energy issues should not be politicized, urging that conflicts in producing nations be resolved through dialogue and not military force. China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, also is too reliant on international crude markets for last minute oil supplies and needs to arrange more long-term deals, Beijing said in a policy paper released on Wednesday. "China did not, does not and will not pose any threat to the world's energy security," according to the paper, titled China's Energy Conditions and Policies. "China will, step by step, change the current situation of relying too heavily on spot trading of crude oil, encourage the signing of long-term supply contracts with foreign companies and promote the diversification of trading channels," the paper added. >> Read the Full Article
  • California Facility Proves That Mattress Recycling Can Work

    NATIONAL REPORT — Discarded mattresses can take up a significant amount of landfill space, do not degrade well, and can create a dangerous “soft spot” in a landfill, according to Terry McDonald, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVDP), located in Eugene, Oregon. >> Read the Full Article
  • Used Cooking Oil Helps Heat Juneau, Alaska's Westmark Baranof Hotel

    Juneau, Alaska — After eating an evening meal of fish and chips, tourists in Juneau who retire for the night at the Westmark Baranof Hotel may find themselves warming their toes in a room partially heated by the oil used to cook their food. The Baranof collects the town’s used vegetable oil to help heat the hotel. >> Read the Full Article
  • Report: Safety and Security Risks Undercut Nuclear Power's Role in Minimizing Global Warming

    WASHINGTON – An expansion of nuclear power capacity in the United States could help reduce global warming pollution, but could also increase threats to public safety and national security, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). >> Read the Full Article
  • Edison's Lamp Shines On

    Pity poor Tom Edison. He couldn’t have predicted. His best known invention - the first practical incandescent light bulb - is blamed as one of the causes of global warming, pollution and energy insecurity. He wanted to bring life to the world after the sun went down, not contribute to the end of the world as we know it. >> Read the Full Article