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Governors' Coalition Recommendations applauded by wind industry.
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)    Washington, DC 20005
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."
Demand for Biking/Walking Trails expands landscaping opportunities.
American Society of Landscape Architects    San Francisco, CA 94103
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.
SEIA President recognized for Leadership in Renewable Energy.
Solar Energy Industries Association    Washington D.C, WA 20004
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.
Government's Budget Proposal includes investments in green infrastructure.
American Society of Landscape Architects    San Francisco, CA 94103
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.
Federal Transportation Bill should clean up freight.
Environmental Defense Fund    New York, NY 10010
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.
Pew Center named top environmental think tank.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change    Arlington, VA 22201
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.
Pew Center Briefs cover clean energy jobs and climate solutions.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change    Arlington, VA 22201
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.
Empire State Building Retrofit receives SBIC award.
Rocky Mountain Institute    Snowmass, CO 81654
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.
Passive House Certification is achieved by RMI consultant.
Rocky Mountain Institute    Snowmass, CO 81654
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.
SBIC Selects Bud DeFlaviis as new Executive Director.
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council    Washington, D.C., WA 20036
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.
Lunar Images and Data Repository is made available to the public.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
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.
NBB supports Senate passage of biodiesel tax incentive.
National Biodiesel Board    Jefferson City, MO 65110-4898
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.
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future awards 16 fellowships.
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future    Baltimore, MD 21205-2179
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.
MHEDA Edge focuses on how to maximize ROI.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
March 22, 2010 MHEDA Edge article, entitled "How To: Make The Most of Your MHEDA Membership," begins by offering advice to young professionals at MHEDA member companies. Three suggestions include: Go to convention offered free with each paid registration, keep current with latest industry information published in MHEDA, and take advantage of MHEDA's educational opportunities, many of which come at no cost.
Gases and Welding Blog gets fresh start.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
March 22, 2010 Written by GAWDA Edge editor Dan Vest, GAWDA Edge Editors Blog continuie its effort to provide young gases and welding industry professionals with up-to-date, useful information. Entries, posted 2-3 times per week, cover topics such as breaking news, industry events, article previews, best practices, and industry hot topics. According to Vest, something is always happening in the gases and welding industry, and this blog will help provide industry with latest information.
IPC Whitepaper urges EU to consider science in RoHS recast.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 22, 2010 'Recasting the RoHS Directive: An Opportunity to Solidify Its Scientific Basis in Support of Comprehensive Environmental Regulation" urges members of EU and Parliament to ensure revised directive be scientifically based and aligned with REACH. It addresses EU Parliament amendment that bans brominated/chlorinated compounds, which could weaken scientific basis of RoHS and REACH. Ban of TBBPA would have similar implications, since studies have found it safe for human health/environment.
NADCA President receives Ray H. Witt Award.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
March 22, 2010 NADCA President Daniel Twarog has received Ray H. Witt Award given by Advanced Casting Research Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Award recognizes individual leadership in aluminum casting industry. Twarog became Executive VP of NADCA in August 1995, and was promoted to President in June 1999. In his time at NADCA, Twarog has worked with his staff to develop and improve many NADCA products and services to assist the die casting industry.
PMA Business Conditions Report is released for March.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
March 22, 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report shows 43% of participants expect improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, while 52% predict no change. Increased orders are anticipated by 48% of companies and 54% of participants report shipping levels above 3 months ago. Companies with workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 42% in March. William E. Gaskin, PMA President, said members are experiencing 20-30% increases in orders and shipments compared to last year.
Joe LaRussa named to SME's Director of Membership position.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 22, 2010 Joe LaRussa, PE, has been named SME's Director of Membership and as such will be responsible for increasing awareness of the value SME has to offer manufacturing professionals. Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manger of SME, noted Joe's volunteer work and understanding of manufacturing at a practical level will assist in existing and future members' nurturing and development. LaRussa has been an SME member since 1994.
Manufacturers support extension of tax credit.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 22, 2010 According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers are pleased with Vice President Biden's announcement to extend Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit by additional $5 billion. Program provides 30% tax credit for investments in facilities that manufacture clean energy technologies including wind, solar, batteries, advanced transportation, and advanced energy transmission. Initiative will spur manufacturing investment and has potential to generate thousands of jobs.

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