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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

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AWEA announces release of NE wind integration study.

March 23, 2010

Wind integration study, funded by National Renewable Energy Laboratory, found that NE and other states in Southwest Power Pool region can obtain 40% of electricity from wind energy, while achieving major carbon emissions reductions. It found CO2 emissions dropped by over 25 million tons/yr in moving from 10% to 40% wind power scenario. According to Rob Gramlich of AWEA, large amounts of wind energy can be reliably integrated onto grid at low cost. 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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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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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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Conditional Commitment Made for Hawaii wind power project.

March 23, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that Department of Energy offered conditional commitment on $117 million loan guarantee to finance construction and start-up of 30 MW wind energy project - twelve 2.5 MW wind turbine generators and battery energy storage system - in Kahuku, HI. According to Chu, "This investment will create jobs and cut our dependence on oil, while promoting America's leadership in the global race for the clean energy industries of tomorrow." Read More

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Industry Leaders push for national renewable energy standard.

March 23, 2010

Wind energy industry executives called on Congress to pass strong national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) as best way to save and create U.S. jobs. As CEO of American Wind Energy Association, Denise Bode said there is potential for growth if long term support can be garnered. She also said that resulting national RES will enable new installations as well as new manufacturing. Industry representatives will hold 70+ meetings with lawmakers to urge passage of RES. Read More

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Conservation Groups urge revised LA coastal restoration plan.

March 23, 2010

In statement to LA Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, Environmental Defense Fund and others said office should amend its Fiscal Year 2011 draft plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection. Draft plan lacks details on programs that can reduce risk in near term. Groups said state should identify funding sources, including unused disaster recovery funds, and specific projects for cost-effective, community-based programs that can reduce hurricane risk for residents. Read More

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Guidance Announced for tax treatment of Smart Grid grants.

March 23, 2010

Department of Treasury and Department of Energy announced guidance on tax treatment for grantees receiving Recovery Act funding under $3.4 billion Smart Grid Investment Grant program. IRS is providing safe harbor under section 118(a) of Internal Revenue Code for corporations receiving funding under this program. With determination that Smart Grid Investment Grants are non-taxable, corporate utilities can launch investments with clear indication of tax status for their projects. Read More