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GE Appliances & Lighting Scores LEED®-Platinum for New Data Center

GE Appliances & Lighting opened a new data center at its Louisville, Ky., Appliance Park headquarters that has achieved the prestigious LEED-Platinum certification, a credential held by only 6 percent of LEED-certified buildings worldwide. GE designed the facility with the intent of reducing data center energy consumption and lowering environmental impact, in addition to providing enough...

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Interbrand Releases 2011 Rankings of Best Global Green Brands

Interbrand, a leading brand consultant, has released the Best Global Green Bands 2011 rankings. The top 50 brands were rated based on public perception of environmental sustainability performance with demonstration of that performance based on publicly available information and data. Interbrand used their annual Best Global Brands report as the foundation for their first ranking of green brands....

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Combining Carbon Capture and Sequestration With Geothermal Energy

Alternative energy and green industrial technologies and methods are often criticized as too expensive, with the costs outweighing the benefits, say some critics (who have a point, in many cases). The charge is a contentious one: when determining costs versus rewards, often times, opposing sides can't even agree exactly what the long-terms costs and benefits are. Can cost-benefit analyses be...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Manufacturing Growth to Outpace Overall Economy

Plus: GDP Growth Revised Down, Jobless Claims Rise Again and Consumer Confidence Falls. Q2 GDP Growth Downgraded United States economic growth for the second quarter of 2011 was revised downward largely due to reductions in private inventory investments and a slowdown in exports, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday. The country's real gross domestic product (GDP) growth...

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The Climate Change Controversy - What's It Really About?

In the bitter high-stakes debate about man-made global warming, it's often hard to feel that you're getting the straight story from either side. One side claims that the earth is heating up because of human activity, that the science is settled, and that anti-science zealots are seeding doubt to slow down the urgent steps that must be taken to save the planet. The other side claims that the earth...

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The Chevy Volt's Dying? What Took It So Long?

Can't say the news was all that surprising or unwelcome. "There's trouble on the horizon for the Chevrolet Volt, the electric wonder car," USA Today reported. "Interest in buying the $39,995 plug-in car is starting to taper off, not only among 'early adopters' but among lots of other buyers, as well, reports CNW Marketing Research, which tracks such things." It's not hard to see why it's dying:...

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Advanced Vehicle R&D Gets Boost from DOE

In support of 40 projects across 15 states, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $175 million to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies that will help improve the fuel efficiency of tomorrow's vehicles. The projects focus on eight approaches to improving vehicle efficiency: - Advanced fuels and lubricants - Light-weighting materials - Light weight,...

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Light Friday: A View of Hurricane Irene from Space

Plus: Rippling Effects of the Virginia Earthquake and a Planet Made of Diamond. Virginia Earthquake Ripples Across U.S. In addition to causing property damage and rattling a few nerves, Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia was felt across the East Coast and rippled outward into the rest of the country. A series of detectors at the USArray/Earthscope facility took vertical displacement...

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Biofuels Get a Boost

A new biofuels initiative has been announced by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy that will invest up to $510 million during the next 3 years to create a partnership with the private sector to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. This initiative is in response to President Obama's directive to reduce the...

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Sustainability Spotlight: USPS Takes Its "Go Green Forever Stamps" Seriously

The numbers are epic - each year the United States Post Office delivers more than 167 billion pieces of mail to more than 150 million addresses along 230,000 routes. To cover the 4 million miles traveled each day, the USPS has of fleet of 215,000 vehicles, of which more than 44,000 are alternative fuel-capable. In addition, and as suggested by the recently issued "Choose to Walk" and "Ride a...

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