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Procter & Gamble Pledges to Pursue LEED Certification for All New Sites Globally

posted February 28, 2011
Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) today announces its commitment to pursue LEED certification for all new sites.  P&G's Taicang plant in China – which is breaking ground today – is the first P&G manufacturing site to pursue LEED certification, with several additional new P&G sites currently working toward the same distinction globally. Read more

New Zero-Discharge LUMICLAD® Black Oxide System Recycles Process Rinse Waters

posted February 28, 2011
The New LUMICLAD® electroless black oxide process for aluminum is now available in a new Zero-Discharge configuration that totally eliminates the need for a drain connection.Read more

New Green, Enviro-Conscious Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies Web Section Launched

posted February 25, 2011
Low Cost Janitorial Supplies has launched a new, special section on their web site exclusively devoted to 700 green janitorial products and supplies on their web site. All products are identified with an Enviro-conscious logo, meaning they do not contain hazardous solvents, utilize recycled materials or components, or otherwise reduce the impact on the environment. Read more

ISO 50001 energy management standard targeted for publication in 3Q2011

posted February 24, 2011
Against a background of rising world energy prices, ISO’s announcement of a third quarter 2011 target for publication of its ISO 50001 International Standard for energy management is particularly timely. ISO 50001 will help organizations to improve their energy performance, increase energy efficiency and reduce climate change impacts.Read more

Vacon AC drives saved 35 TWh of energy in 2010

posted February 24, 2011
The AC drives of globally operating Vacon helped save an estimated 35 TWh of energy in 2010. The energy savings helped reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by about 17 million tons, which, for its part, help mitigate climate change. Read more

Solar Rainbow to Install 1.3 Megawatt 400,000 sq. ft. Solar System on JORDACHE Rooftop in New Jersey

posted February 24, 2011
Solar Bawabeh, president and co-founder of Solar Rainbow Services and Kirk Roller, vice president and general manager of Carlisle Energy Services (CES), announce their strategic joint venture to install 400,000 square feet of thin-film UNI-SOLAR® laminates by United Solar on the rooftop of the New Jersey distribution center and warehouse for JORDACHE Enterprises. 
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EPS Corp’s xChange Point Energy Solution Expands to Additional Kraft Foods Sites

posted February 24, 2011
EPS Corp today announced that Kraft Foods is expanding the deployment of EPS’ xChange Point® real-time energy management and carbon reduction solution to all of the manufacturing facilities in its Grocery Business Unit. The decision to roll out xChange Point to additional sites was based on the success of its initial implementation in one facility. The test yielded significant savings opportunities, and the desire to accelerate further reductions in the Business Unit’s energy use and carbon emissions, as part of the company’s global sustainability efforts.Read more

OMI Industries' Crystal Gel Earns EPA's Design for the Environment Recognition

posted February 24, 2011
OMI Industries, makers of eco-friendly odor control products, announced today that their Fresh Wave® and Fresh Wave® IAQ Crystal Gel solution has earned the Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE) recognition.Read more

EPS Corp Helps California Dairies, Inc. Shed 3.3 MW of Energy Use

posted February 24, 2011
EPS Corp today announced that the Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) program which it designed and implemented for California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), the leading dairy cooperative in California and the second largest in the United States, successfully shed more than 3.3 MW (megawatts) of power demand at the company’s Visalia and Artesia facilities, exceeding the load reduction targets specified by Southern California Edison (SCE). Both projects were completed on schedule and with minimal impact on the company’s production.Read more

Planon Software Announces PlanonConnect to ENERGY STAR® Integration

posted February 24, 2011
The Planon Group, a leading global provider of facilities management and real estate software, announced today the availability of PlanonConnect’s direct integration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® energy performance rating system. The direct integration automates the management of ENERGY STAR performance ratings, the most widely used benchmark for building energy use, from Planon’s award-winning energy management software. The solution supports all International Facility Management Association (IFMA) standards that allow IFMA members to benchmark with peer organizations.  Read more

InformexUSA Announces 'Profiles in Sustainability' Winners for 2011

posted February 23, 2011
Dr. Bob PeoplesInformex (http://www.informex.com), the leading meeting place for buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry for a broad range of applications, today announced the three winners of the second annual 'Profiles in Sustainability' awards.Read more

Marglen Industries Chooses URE to Go Solar

posted February 23, 2011
Marglen Industries has recently commissioned a 95.2 kilowatt solar energy photovoltaic (PV) energy system on their rooftop in Rome, Ga.  The system was installed by Alpharetta, Georgia-based United Renewable Energy, LLC, and is the largest in the Southeast to use Solyndra's unique cylindrical thin-film solar energy system.Read more

Renewable Energy Commitment Adds More Green Power to Hodgson Mill

posted February 23, 2011
Hodgson Mill Inc., a leading national producer of All-Natural and Organic Whole Grain foods, has added two wind turbines to successfully complete the second phase of a significant new company "green initiative" that is bringing renewable energy to the company headquarters and food manufacturing facility. Conducted in partnership with Midwest Green Energy LLC, a Central Illinois renewable energy company, the hybrid renewable energy project of solar and wind systems is well underway.Read more

DOE Webcast March 3: Energy Savings Performance Contracts

posted February 23, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will present a webcast on Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Read more

TROJAN BATTERY SPONSORS NABCEP CERTIFICATION AND KNOWLEDGE ASSESSEMENT PROGRAMS

posted February 22, 2011
Trojan Battery Company, the world's leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries for renewable energy applications, today announced its corporate sponsorship of North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), which offers certification and entry-level knowledge assessment programs for renewable energy professionals throughout North America.Read more

Manpower Professional and ASQ Urge Business Leaders and Quality Professionals to Collaborate

posted February 22, 2011
Manpower Professional and ASQ, the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts, have partnered to develop resources to guide organizations to create a strategic road map for social responsibility. This innovative approach calls for collaboration among business leaders and quality professionals as they increase awareness, raise the stature, and integrate social responsibility into all aspects of an organization.Read more

Nestle Waters North America Announces Hire of New Sustainability Director

posted February 22, 2011
Michael WashburnNestle Waters North America today announces Michael Washburn has joined the company as director of sustainability.

In his new role, Washburn will lead Nestle Waters' efforts to increase recycling rates in the United States; innovate in energy use and building design across its facilities; advocate for constructive water policies; and engage stakeholders around company sustainability efforts.

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Zero Emissions Terminal Embarks on World Tour

posted February 22, 2011
It is the ocean cargo terminal of the future - powered by the sun and wind. WWL’s futuristic Castor Green Terminal & Processing Centre will require no conventional power, forego fossil fuels and release no harmful emissions into the atmosphere. WWL hopes to develop the facility by 2020.  Read more

PV Cycle Membership Bolsters Astronergy's Sustainability Initiative

posted February 22, 2011
Leading c-Si and thin film module manufacturer Astronergy (Chint Solar) has become a full member of PV Cycle, an organization that specializes in the voluntary take-back and recycling of PV modules. 
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Major Energy And Fuel Savings For Commercial Fishing Vessel With Gen-Tech System

posted February 21, 2011
The Zero-Max Overhung Load Adaptor is mounted between the main engine and the hydraulic pump in the Gen-Tech system. The OHLA eliminates the need for a transition gearbox while providing a rock-solid mounting base connected to the hydraulic pumps.Seattle, Washington: Saving thousands of gallons of fuel while battling through thunderous 50-foot waves are challenges for today’s commercial fishing boats operating in the frigid Bearing Sea. Those challenges are met by the Gen-Tech system, a patented workboat power generation improvement that is a major energy and fuel saver. Read more

Alteris Renewables Recognized for Excellence in Commercial Solar

posted February 16, 2011
The top renewable energy integrator in the Northeast, Alteris Renewables, Inc., received an Intelegant Award for commercial solar installation from SunPower Corp, a leading manufacturer of the world's highest efficiency solar cells and systems. Given annually to one SunPower dealer on the basis of aesthetic design, quality, and performance, the award honored the 73.2kW SunPower solar array on the Hartford, CT headquarters of insurance giant Aetna.Read more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Green Earth Technologies Enter Partnership Agreement Under

posted February 16, 2011
Green Earth Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: GETG), a leading manufacturer and marketer of "green" environmentally safer consumer packaged goods and products, announced today a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program, promoting environmental, technological and efficiency benefits of GET products.  Under the agreement, GET's line of G-CLEAN™ ultimately biodegradable, highly effective, yet safer chemistry products have been recognized by the DfE for its minimized risk to users and to the environment. The G-CLEAN line-up will soon roll out to shelves displaying the DfE logo. Read more

Shell Future Energy Scenarios: 'Zone Of Uncertainty' Ahead

posted February 15, 2011
Shell today published Signals and Signposts - a report into future energy scenarios which offers a deeper understanding of global developments and the world's energy supply, use and needs. They help us to make crucial choices in uncertain times as we grapple with tough energy and environmental issues. Read more

UTC Power's Latest-Generation PureCell® Fleet Attains 100,000 Hours of Operation

posted February 15, 2011
Today, at the 2011 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Conference in Washington, D.C., UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company announced that its next-generation stationary fuel cell, the PureCell® Model 400 System fleet has reached a major milestone -- 100,000 hours of field operation.  In reaching this mark, the growing fleet has generated enough energy to power more than 3,000 homes for over a year.  Fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical process to produce electricity, heat and water.  This game-changing product is one of the cleanest, quietest and most energy-efficient power-generating options available in the world today. Read more

President's Energy Budget Invests in Innovation, Clean Energy, and National Security Priorities

posted February 15, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today detailed President Barack Obama's $29.5 billion Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Department of Energy, emphasizing that it is part of an Administration-wide plan to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world. At the same time, the FY 2012 makes tough choices, cutting programs and expenses to underscore the Administration's commitment to fiscal responsibility and shared sacrifice. Read more

Green EnviroTech Announces Appointment of Plastics Industry Veteran as COO

posted February 15, 2011
Green EnviroTech Holdings Corp. (OTCBB:WCRM) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Green EnviroTech Corp., a leading plastics recovery, separation, cleaning, and recycling company, announced today the resignation of Jeffrey Chartier as President and as a director of the company and the appointment of Lou Perches as Chief Operating Officer. Wayne Leggett, who has served as Chief Financial Officer of the company since March 2010, has also been appointed to the Board of Directors. Mr. Leggett, who will continue in his position as CFO, is an accredited accountant with 35 years of experience and has extensive knowledge in tax accounting, financial statements, budgeting and cash flow analysis.Read more

Larson Electronics Magnalight.com adds Tripod Mounted Portable Explosion Proof LED Light to it’s Li

posted February 15, 2011
Larson Electronics’ Magnalight EPL-PM-1x30LED-TP1-100 tripod mounted explosion proof LED light gives operators an easily deployable source of powerful light that can be quickly setup and adjusted to effectively illuminate hazardous work areas, then easily stowed and transported between uses. This led fixture's light weight, easy deployment, high power and good color rendering make it an ideal scene lighting choice for first responders and emergency services.
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Recyclebank and Ziploc Debut Recycling Rewards Program in Corpus Christi, Texas

posted February 15, 2011
Recyclebank®, the sustainable action platform that motivates individuals to make a collective impact on the environment, in partnership with the Ziploc® Brand, announced today the expansion of its curbside recycling rewards program in Corpus Christi, Texas. As part of a larger initiative to dramatically increase recycling rates across the country, Recyclebank and Ziploc have teamed up with city officials to establish single-stream recycling and partnerships with local and national businesses to reward Corpus Christi citizens for taking small steps to improve the environment and their community.Read more

Eriez(R) Designates Eco-Certification for Recycling Equipment, Including ProSort, FinesSort(TM) and

posted February 15, 2011
Demonstrating its commitment for a better, cleaner environment, Eriez(R) has developed an eco-certification designation for a variety of its high-end recycling equipment, including the ProSort, ProSort II and FinesSort(TM) Metal Recovery Systems and Eddy Current Separators (ECS).Read more

EPA Recognizes Zotos International Inc. Among Nation's Leading Users of On-Site Green Power

posted February 15, 2011
Zotos International Inc. announced today that it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Power Partnership and appears as No. 18 on EPA's Top 20 On-Site Generation list. Zotos International is expected to generate 6.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from two on-site wind turbines, which is enough green power to meet 50 percent of the organization's electricity use. By producing green power on-site, Zotos International demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Read more

DOE Facilitates Market-Driven Solutions for New High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioners

posted February 13, 2011
Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy is joining with the private sector to support market-based efforts to develop and deploy next-generation high-efficiency air conditioners for commercial buildings. As part of a voluntary program, the Department worked with members of the DOE Commercial Building Energy Alliances, including Target and Walmart, to develop new performance criteria for 10-ton capacity commercial air conditioners, also known as rooftop units (RTUs). When built according to the requirements of the new specifications, these high-efficiency rooftop units are expected to reduce energy use by as much as 50-60% over the current equipment. Commercial buildings account for 18% of U.S. energy use and include significant opportunities for energy and financial savings that can help American companies be more competitive on a global scale.Read more

EPA Recognizes Sony Corporation of America for Leading Green Power Purchase

posted February 13, 2011
Sony Corporation of America, Sony DADC, Sony Electronics and Sony Pictures Entertainment in the U.S., under the umbrella of Sony Corporation of America, announced today that they have come together to purchase more than 143 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually for 2011, which is enough green power to meet an estimated 49 percent of these entities' electricity use.  As a result of this purchase, Sony Corporation of America ranks No. 27 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Top 50 list of the largest green power purchasers.Read more

Precision-Paragon [P2] provides support for school construction project in Sudan [P2] will donate en

posted February 13, 2011
Precision-Paragon [P2] announced today that the company will donate energy-efficient light fixtures for classrooms and additional materials to assist the construction of a solar-powered primary school in southern Sudan. Read more

BASF introduces SELECT™ Eco-Label Manager: New tool organizes cluttered world of eco-labels and cert

posted February 12, 2011

BASF today announced the launch of its SELECT(Sustainability, Eco-Labeling and Environmental Certification Tracking) Eco-Label Manager, a database created to strategically manage the abundance of eco-labels, environmental claims, directories and ratings systems by allowing the user to search, analyze and compare these programs in a structured and consistent format.
”The demand for environmentally preferable products is rapidly evolving and influencing purchasing decisions along entire supply chains,” said Pat Meyer, Senior Product Steward and program leader at BASF. “These purchasing requirements have spawned hundreds of eco-labels and programs from the federal government, large retailers, trade associations and third-party organizations, leading to a lot of confusion.”
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Magnalight Adds Two Foot Explosion Proof LED Light for Low Voltage Applications

posted February 12, 2011
Magnalight low voltage LED lightLarson Electronics’ magnalight.com announced the addition of the EPL-24-2L-LED-LV low voltage explosion proof LED light.  Designed to operate off of 12 or 24 volts DC or AC, the 30 watt LED light carries a UL 844 Class 1 Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1 hazardous location rating as well as a separate paint spray booth certification.  Featuring a T6 temperature rating, the EPL-24-2L-LED is applicable to most any hazardous location area and a range of accessories including mesh guards, overspray covers, carts and safety cable kits aid the operator in making the light work for their application.Read more

Growing Interest in Sustainability Reports Driving Need for Investment-Grade Data

posted February 11, 2011
The quality of sustainability and corporate responsibility data that companies disclose will need to improve to keep pace with stakeholder expectations, according to a PwC US report released today, Creating Value from Corporate Responsibility.Read more

Franklin Products Partners With GridPoint to Save 50 Percent of Electricity Costs

posted February 11, 2011
Franklin Products, a leading producer of upholstery products for the commercial airline industry, and GridPoint, Inc., an established leader for smart energy solutions, today announced the powering of a 100 kW photovoltaic solar array at Franklin's Dallas manufacturing and distribution facility. Read more

Holcim (US) Inc. Partners With the U.S. Department of Energy, Becomes a 'Save Energy Now' Leader

posted February 11, 2011
Holcim (US) Inc. announced today that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by taking a pledge to reduce its industrial energy intensity by 25 percent over a 10-year period.  In doing so, the company joins more than 100 of the largest companies in the U.S. that recognize the economic and environmental benefits of energy-efficient manufacturing. Read more

DOE Energy Innovation Portal Connects Innovative Energy Technologies to the Marketplace

posted February 11, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Energy Innovation Portal now has more than 300 business-friendly marketing summaries available to help investors and companies identify and license leading-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The Portal is an online tool that links available DOE innovations to the entrepreneurs who can successfully license and commercialize them. By helping to move these innovations from the laboratory to the market, the Portal facilitates an integral step in supporting growing America's clean energy industries and meeting the Administration's clean energy goals. Read more

SC Johnson Ranks Number 8 on EPA's Top 20 On-Site Generation List

posted February 11, 2011
SC Johnson announced today that it has been recognized as number 8 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Top 20 On-Site Generation list. SC Johnson generates over 25 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from an on-site landfill gas system. By producing green power on-site, SC Johnson demonstrates its continued commitment to move away from traditional sources of electricity generation in support of cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Read more

Novelis Invests $18 Million to Expand Aluminum Recycling at Alunorf Plant in Germany

posted February 11, 2011
Novelis Inc., the world's largest producer of rolled aluminum and a global leader in aluminum recycling, today announced the investment of $18 million in the construction of a new recycling center at Aluminium Norf GmbH (Alunorf) in western Germany.Read more

GreenTouch Demonstrates First Technology on Road to Realizing 1,000-Fold Network Energy Efficiency

posted February 11, 2011

The GreenTouch™ Consortium, a global research initiative dedicated to dramatically improving the energy efficiency of information and communications technology (ICT) networks by a factor of 1,000, today detailed the accomplishments of its first eight months of operation and demonstrated a Large-Scale Antenna System proof of concept ‒ the first of many technologies it is working to deliver. This antenna system offers the potential for tremendous energy savings thanks to its novel wireless transmission techniques.
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NSK Increases Sustainability While Focusing on Environmental Management and Social Responsibility

posted February 08, 2011
NSK announces increased sustainability measures in 2010 CSR Report. (PRNewsFoto/NSK Corporation) NSK Corporation, a member of the NSK Ltd. Group of Companies, has implemented and standardized a new environmental policy that will raise sustainability standards within its North American operations. Details on the company's environmental management and corporate social responsibility (CSR), including training and community activities, are outlined in the NSK 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report which can be found at: http://www.nsk.com/sustainability/reports.html.Read more

New Carbon-Neutral Packaging is Music to Your Ears

posted February 08, 2011
Music has long affected our lives in immeasurable ways and now it can have a positive impact on the environment.  Oasis Disc Manufacturing, the leader in CD & DVD manufacturing and packaging for independent musicians and filmmakers, is the first disc manufacturer to offer a 100% carbon neutral CD (including its packaging) to its clients.Read more