Archive for 2010

Utilizing a progressive financing solution offered by Metrus Energy, defense industry giant BAE Systems’ Greenlawn, N.Y. facility will implement approximately $2 million in efficiency measures with repayment based solely on actual realized energy savings. The project, expected save $300,000 in annual energy and operating costs, includes heating and cooling system upgrades, high-efficiency pumps, motors and controls, and other measures that will reduce electric and natural gas consumption.  Read more


Echotect, a Dutch clean tech company, has successfully deployed software from Autodesk, Inc. to design and optimize technology to produce a cost-effective, recyclable, and environmentally sustainable alternative to engineered stone. Combining quartz, marble, and other aggregates with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), the technology has resulted in a product that is almost indistinguishable from natural stone, but the material is non-porous and 100% recyclable. Five years in development, the engineered stone will provide consumers with an eco-friendly alternative that meets the performance characteristics of traditional products. Read more


The Environmental Protection Agency is taking another step toward protecting children from harmful exposure to lead. Lead can impair a child’s IQ, learning capabilities, and memory even at low levels. Read more


Plastic: it’s pretty inescapable. Unless you are a Tibetan monk living on a mountain top or a Maasai tribesman in the wilderness of East Africa, chances are, you’re swimming in plastic. It’s not news that the landfills of the world are also miles deep in the stuff, and will continue to be hundreds of years from now, since petroleum-based plastics are estimated to take somewhere between 500 and 1,000 years to break down in today’s landfill environments. Read more


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The new cool roof installation on the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Headquarters West Building has been completed. No incremental cost was incurred by adding the cool roof as part of the roof replacement project, and it will save taxpayers $2,000 every year in energy costs. Earlier this year, Secretary Steven Chu directed all DOE offices to install cool roofs, whenever cost effective, when constructing a new roof or replacing an old one. Read more


In 2008, Dell made a commitment to reduce the energy consumption of its products and to avoid millions of tons of CO2 emissions worldwide by the year 2010. With 2010 coming to a close, Dell has announced that they have achieved their goal with a 25% reduction of energy costs for their customers. Read more


Several states have turned to new technology and environmentally sensitive solutions to cut costs and improve efficiency when battling Mother Nature’s winter forces. These solutions are examples of how winter issues can be addressed in a more environmentally friendly fashion while also keeping a green eye on the bottom line. Read more

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