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ACE10 Super-Saver Registration Rates expire March 27.

March 24, 2010

Scheduled for June 20-24, ACE10 will feature professional program with more than 550 presentations in 100 sessions and 14 in-depth workshops. Topics will include sustainability, infrastructure maintenance, climate change, conservation and water efficiency, water resources management, legislative and regulatory issues, and recovering from economic recession. Additionally, more than 500 exhibitors will be on-site showcasing latest products and services to ensure safe water. Read More

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World Congress to discuss bringing clean technology to market.

March 24, 2010

Production of chemicals and plastics from renewable resources can inject much needed innovation into chemical sector, reduce reliance on petroleum, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. During 7th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, June 27-30, 2010, executives from companies commercializing renewable chemical technology will discuss status of this emerging industry, market acceptance, and potential help from government policy. Read More

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AWWA Supports EPA Intent and stresses use of sound science.

March 24, 2010

AWWA Deputy Executive Director Tom Curtis made a statement supporting US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's announcement regarding a new strategy for protecting and regulating drinking water as well as stricter regulation of specific compounds. Additionally, Curtis made it clear that "Any new regulatory approach should be built on a foundation of sound science and should meet the SDWA requirement of providing meaningful risk reduction for consumers." Read More

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SBIC Awards recognize high-performance buildings for 2009.

March 23, 2010

Winner of 2009 Beyond Green(TM) High-Performance Building Award in high-performance buildings category is Empire State Building, for Integrated Energy Efficiency Retrofit. Water Independence in Oregon's Buildings won award in high-performance initiatives category. Entries were judged based on 8 design objectives which define high-performance buildings. Recognized projects will be featured on SBIC's website and described in depth as case studies on Whole Building Design Guide. Read More

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NBB to hold biodiesel forum at SAE World Congress.

March 23, 2010

At SAE 2010 World Congress, to be held April 13-15 in Detroit, MI, National Biodiesel Board will hold forum on railroad engine combustion with biodiesel on April 14. Experts that have experience with biodiesel use in railroads or are working on ongoing biodiesel railroad projects can forward information to Dr. Richard Nelson, who will summarize data for forum presentation. Forum is expected to list technical needs to secure approvals for biodiesel blends in railroad applications. Read More

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Johns Hopkins Study says flies may spread resistant bacteria,

March 23, 2010

Antibiotic Resistant Enterococci and Staphylococci Isolated from Flies Collected Near Confined Poultry Feeding Operations shows houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may contribute to spread of drug-resistant bacteria over large distances. Study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was written by lead author and professor Ellen Silbergeld, PhD. It is published in January 2009 issue of Science of the Total Environment. Read More

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NBB supports Senate passage of biodiesel tax incentive.

March 23, 2010

Senate has passed H.R. 4213, American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010, by 62 to 36 margin, which provides 1 yr retroactive extension of biodiesel tax incentive. Incentive will help America realize job creation, energy security, and environmental benefits associated with biodiesel, according to Manning Feraci, NBB VP of Federal Affairs. Since lapse in credit, biodiesel industry has seen drop in demand and production, leading to job losses in difficult economy. Read More

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Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future awards 16 fellowships.

March 23, 2010

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has awarded Farming for the Future Predoctoral Fellowships to 8 university students for 2009-2010 academic year. Eight additional students were awarded Eating for the Future Predoctoral Fellowships. Each predoctoral fellowship provides 1 yr of support of up to $60,000 to be used for tuition, stipend, and/or research expenses depending on individual needs. Students must be enrolled in any division of University in PhD, ScD, or DrPH program. Read More

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ASLA helps Congress craft streetscaping resolution.

March 23, 2010

With of ASLA, Congressman Steve Cohen has introduced H.Con.Res. 240, which designates 4th week of April as National Streetscaping Week. Measure recognizes benefits of streetscaping, such as creating local green jobs, helping reduce energy costs for consumers, managing stormwater, reducing air pollution by restricting carbon emissions, and creating safer streets/neighborhoods through traffic calming designs. Resolution also helps highlight work of landscape architects. Read More

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Lunar Images and Data Repository is made available to the public.

March 23, 2010

Funded by NASA to archive data from past and present planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory data, Planetary Data System includes data sets from 7 instruments on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Each instrument is unique and will provide data in different formats, and much of the data is low level, not highly processed, giving researchers flexibility when working with data. Instrument data will also provide higher level data products in form of maps and calibrated images. Read More

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Government's Budget Proposal includes investments in green infrastructure.

March 23, 2010

On Feb 1, President Obama released FY 2011 budget proposal, which addresses unemployment and rising deficits. Proposal includes many items of interest to landscape architects, including tax incentives for small businesses, investments in green infrastructure for water management, and strengthened Land and Water Conservation Fund program. As Congress reviews proposal, ASLA Government Affairs team will work to ensure provisions that support landscape architecture profession are implemented into law. Read More

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Federal Transportation Bill should clean up freight.

March 23, 2010

Currently, freight transportation is the most polluting and fastest growing transportation sector. Report titled "The Good Haul" details 28 case studies of clean freight solutions that exist in U.S. and internationally. Congress should direct freight improvement funding to encourage clean freight solutions to protect public health and environment. Some clean freight innovation locations include Southern California; Chicago; Seattle; Norfolk, VA; and Gulf Coast. Read More

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Pew Center named top environmental think tank.

March 23, 2010

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has been named world's top environmental think tank in global survey of hundreds of scholars and experts conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Study, also called the Think Tank Index, evaluated 6,305 organizations in 169 countries across 6 continents. Through objective, independent analysis, Pew Center helps enable policymakers and public make informed decisions about climate change and clean energy policies. Read More

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Pew Center Briefs cover clean energy jobs and climate solutions.

March 23, 2010

Brief titled Clean Energy Markets: Jobs and Opportunities, explains how investment in clean energy technologies will generate economic growth and create jobs. Comprehensive, market-based national policy that attracts investment in clean energy markets can help create these economic benefits. Second brief, titled Carbon Market Design and Oversight, assesses opportunity before Congress to create optimal design and oversight mechanisms to ensure viable and transparent carbon market. Read More

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SEIA appoints Kimbis as Director of Policy and Research.

March 23, 2010

Thomas P. Kimbis will help lead development of long-term policies promoting solar energy, oversee expansion of SEIA's market research efforts, and provide legal services to SEIA as General Counsel. Kimbis most recently served as Executive Director for The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting increased use of solar energy through education and research. From 2005-2009, he served as Director of Market Transformation for the Solar Energy Technologies Program at the U.S. DOE. Read More

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Governors' Coalition Recommendations applauded by wind industry.

March 23, 2010

As CEO of American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Denise Bode praised recommendations issued by Governors' Wind Energy Coalition. She said they "show that there is a strong agreement that an interstate transmission infrastructure and Renewable Electricity Standard are needed and welcome from the point of view of the states and not just the national public interest." Read More

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Demand for Biking/Walking Trails expands landscaping opportunities.

March 23, 2010

Active Community Transportation Act of 2010 (HR 4722), introduced on March 2 by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), directs Secretary of Transportation to assist communities in construction of safe bicycling and pedestrian networks. Bill prioritizes projects in communities that would facilitate modal shifts and connect neighborhoods to such destinations as workplaces, schools, recreation areas, and other community activity centers as well as align with public transportation options. Read More

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SEIA President recognized for Leadership in Renewable Energy.

March 23, 2010

SEIA President and CEO, Rhone Resch, received RenewableEnergyWorld.com and Renewable Energy World North America magazine's inaugural "Leadership in Renewable Energy" award, which recognizes individual who has made exceptional contribution in field of renewable energy. Resch was selected for his work in leading the effort to pass solar investment tax credit, signed into law in 2008 as well as industry's success in getting 19 provisions in 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read More

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Senator Harry Reid received Solar Energy Champion award.

March 23, 2010

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced US Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) as recipient of 2009 National Solar Energy Champion Award. Cited reasons for this honor included his leadership to combat climate change, steer US economy towards clean energy future, and put solar energy to work for all Americans. Reid thanked SEIA and said solar power is key to creating jobs and promoting energy independence. Read More

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Center for a Livable Future names Innovation Grant recipients.

March 23, 2010

To promote research that addresses some of the complex interactions among diet, human health, food production, food security, equity, and environment, 5 research projects will be funded via Center for a Livable Future's Innovation Grants program. For 2009-2010, grant recipients include Eliza Barclay; Jesse Kurtz-Nicholl; Brian Schwartz and co-investigator Walter Stewart; Ellen Silbergeld and Joel Gittelsohn; and Amber Summers. Read More