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FDA Commissioner to speak at 2010 BIO International Convention.

March 25, 2010

On May 5, U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will headline FDA Town Hall where she will discuss topics such as preparations for PDUFA V, drug safety and transparency initiatives, and other key FDA organizational and policy developments. Commissioner Hamburg will also participate in session where she will discuss strategies for advancing benefits of life sciences, improving U.S. and global biosecurity, and addressing challenges posed by life sciences research. Read More

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Decline in New Business shown by ELFA's February MLFI-25.

March 25, 2010

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for February declined 3% compared to 2009. Shown against prior month, new business volume decreased 6%. Credit approvals, which decreased to 69% in February, was up 4% from same period in prior year. Also, half of participating organizations reported submitting fewer transactions for approval. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

March 25, 2010

According to ELFA's MLFI-25 Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for February declined 3% when compared to same period in 2009. When shown against prior month, MLFI-25 reported new business volume decreased by 6%, from $3.4 billion to $3.2 billion. Credit approvals decreased to 69% in February, up from 65.0% in same period the prior year, and almost half of participating organizations reported submitting fewer transactions for approval during the month. Read More

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UL signs MOU With Rocky Mountain Institute.

March 24, 2010

Underwriters Laboratories, a global leader in safety testing and certification, has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Rocky Mountain Institute to support Project Get Ready, an initiative to aid U.S. cities preparing for widespread adoption and use of electric vehicles in their communities. UL's engineers will answer questions about EVs and EV infrastructure as well as review and provide feedback on drafts of key documents RMI distributes to project stakeholders. 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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Partnership brings joys of manufacturing to kids across U.S.

March 24, 2010

Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs, FMA, and National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship have joined forces to develop national program that builds on NBT's successful summer manufacturing camp blueprint. In 2010, 18 NACCE member community colleges throughout U.S. will offer NBT summer manufacturing camps targeting youth at critical level of secondary education, exposing them to math, science, engineering, and entrepreneurship principles. Read More

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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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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

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Transportation Fellow Anthony Perl endorses Obama rail plan.

March 23, 2010

Anthony Perl, Transportation Fellow of Post Carbon Institute, has endorsed President Obama's announcement of $8 billion in funding for national high-speed rail system. According to Perl, it is time to connect high-speed rail plan with emerging smart grid, since most major U.S. corridors will need to be electrified over next 25 yr. Perl also proposes partnership with Asia and Europe to share knowledge, which could generate more jobs and economic development. Read More

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Passive House Certification is achieved by RMI consultant.

March 23, 2010

James Scott Brew, FCSI, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at RMI achieved certification as Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) by Passive House Institute-US. As first in Colorado to achieve certification, Brew is currently working on research around lessons learned in applying Passive House standard in USA. He is also completing design documentation for retrofit of RMI's original headquarters in Old Snowmass, CO to achieve Passive House Certification. Read More

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SBIC Selects Bud DeFlaviis as new Executive Director.

March 23, 2010

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) appointed Bud DeFlaviis to serve as Executive Director. In this position, DeFlaviis will work with SBIC membership to support organization's mission to promote high-performing commercial and residential buildings. He will also work on strategic fundraising, membership expansion and support, policy advocacy, and various special projects. Prior to joining, Bud DeFlaviis served as Director of Government Affairs for US Fuel Cell Council. 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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Empire State Building Retrofit receives SBIC award.

March 23, 2010

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has won Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Beyond Green High-Performance Building Award for its contribution to Empire State Building retrofit. By showcasing advantages of efficiency retrofits, project offers replicable model for industry. Through its RetroFit initiative, RMI plans to spur this effort by working with building owners and service providers to reduce energy use by 50% in US commercial building stock by 2050. 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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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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Conditional Loan Guarantees announced for BrightSource Energy.

March 23, 2010

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced conditional commitments for more than $1.37 billion in loan guarantees under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to BrightSource Energy, Inc. to support construction and start-up of 3 utility-scale concentrated solar power plants. New plants will generate approximately 400 MW of electricity using company's innovative, proprietary technology. This would nearly double existing generation capacity of this type of renewable energy in U.S. 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