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New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection Names Safety-Kleen as Environmental Steward

posted March 25, 2009
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Stewardship Initiative has formally recognized Safety-Kleen for its "voluntary and proactive measures to go beyond compliance to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future." The department awarded Safety-Kleen a "Certificate of Stewardship" specifically for its recycle center in Linden, New Jersey.Read more

NAM Says Energy Efficiency Act Will Strengthen Manufacturing

posted March 25, 2009
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler today said the Restoring America’s Manufacturing Leadership Through Energy Efficiency Act of 2009 (S. 661) is “a welcome bi-partisan approach to one of our most daunting challenges – developing new energy technologies to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.”Read more

Breakthrough Brings Algae Into Energy Spotlight

posted March 25, 2009
A technological breakthrough that dramatically reduces the cost of removing water from algae – making algae an economically feasible source of fuel – was announced by AlgaeVenture Systems following a demonstration of the process to a select group of collaborators and funding sources.Read more

Medical and Life Science Leaders Join Green-e Marketplace With Renewable Energy Purchase

posted March 25, 2009
Center for Resource Solutions announced that BD Medical's Sandy, UT facility and Millipore Corp. have jointed the Green-e Marketplace after purchasing a total of 49,000 MWh of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy, enough to power their facilities for an entire year. Each company has been granted the use of the Green-e Marketplace Certified logo to demonstrate its environmental leadership.Read more

Alliance to Save Energy Announces Pre-Conference Workshop at EE Global

posted March 20, 2009
Visitors to the upcoming 2009 EE Global energy efficiency forum can participate in one or two pre-conference workshops, according to a statement released by the Alliance to Save Energy, which sponsors the event. EE Global takes place April 27-29 at the Palais des Congres in Paris.Read more

Solar Energy Industry Group Reports Record U.S. Growth In 2008, Despite Economic Crisis

posted March 20, 2009
Solar electric panels glisten in the morning sunlight at the Octillo experimental power generating station in Tempe AZThe Solar Energy Industries Association released its 2008 U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review, highlighting a third year of record growth. The report notes that 1,265 megawatts (MW) of solar power of all types were installed in 2008, bringing total U.S. solar power capacity up 17 percent to 8,775 MW. The 2008 figure included 342 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV), 139 MWTh (thermal equivalent) of solar water heating, 762 MWTh of pool heating and an estimated 21 MW of solar space heating and cooling.Read more

Fluke Provides Guidelines for HVAC Energy Savings

posted March 16, 2009
In a tough economy, Fluke shows how facilities managers can boost efficiency and save moneyFluke Corporation, a global manufacturer of portable electronic test and measurement and thermal imaging technology, has published guidelines and tips for facility managers under pressure to cut energy costs in these tough economic times. With the economic downturn, many facility managers face tight operation and maintenance budgets. Luckily, many facilities are sitting on multiple energy conservation opportunities that can save thousands of dollars per year with relatively little capital investment, according to Fluke's press release.Read more

Haaga Introduces Eco-Friendly Sweeping Machines

posted March 13, 2009
The MasterSweep 696 from Haaga Great LakesHaaga Great Lakes of St. Paul, Minnesota, has introduced its line of eco-friendly Haaga Sweeping Machines to the North American marketplace. Designed as "people powered" environmentally responsible sweeping machines, the Haaga product line consists of six  model types for residential, commercial, municipal and industrial applications. Haaga sweepers are intended for warehouses, manufacturing areas, greenhouses, storefronts, golf courses, lawn and landscape applications as well as parking areas, driveways and walkways. Haaga machines are lightweight and feature an ergonomic handle and grips to allow for sweeping without back pain. These self-storing sweepers also include a four-year brush warranty.
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Spill Control Products Instantly Neutralize Chemical Spills for Easy, Safe Disposal

posted March 10, 2009
ANSUL, a brand of Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products, is showcasing its line of SPILL-X chemical spill products at PittCon 2009 in Chicago, March 9-12. ANSUL product representatives will be demonstrating SPILL-X capabilities to neutralize and eliminate a variety of chemical spills during the international conference at the ANSUL booth, #921.Read more

Hydraulic Institute Announces Webinar on Variable Frequency Drives

posted March 07, 2009
Hydraulic Institute (HI) has announced the kick-off of their Spring 2009 Webinar Pump Knowledge Series titled “Motors & VFDs”. Hydraulic Institute is now offering live presentations by subject matter experts delivered right to a pump professional’s desktop – home or office. Participants will be led by and have access to industry-leading experts in a non-commercial educational forum.Read more

Dow Introduces Ecosurf EH Specialty Surfactants

posted March 07, 2009
Three new surfactants have joined the Ecosurf brand of specialty surfactants from The Dow Chemical Company . Ecosurf EH Specialty Surfactants are a new generation of high performance, readily biodegradable surfactants. They are designed for use in hard surface cleaning, textile processing, inks, paints and coatings, and agricultural chemicals. Ecosurf EH Surfactants have an excellent environmental profile, are biodegradable with low aquatic toxicity and meet the criteria for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment Surfactant Screen.
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Honda's Ohio and Alabama Auto Plants Earn EPA Energy Star Rating

posted March 03, 2009
Water-borne coatings are applied to cars and light trucks at the new paint line that opened in 2006 at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio. The line significantly reduces chemical emissions and energy use.Honda's auto plants in Ohio and Alabama have received Energy Star awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for advances in curbing energy use during the production of passenger cars and light trucks. For the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2008, Honda's average CO2 emissions per vehicle produced in North America were at their lowest levels since the company began measuring results in 2001. The EPA bases the award points on the amount of energy needed to produce an automobile, and includes factors such as vehicle size and production volume.Read more

Kettle Foods Wins Wisconsin Sustainability Award

posted March 03, 2009
Kettle Foods installed 18 wind turbines to help power its Beloit, WI factoryPotato Chip manufacturer Kettle Foods of Beloit, WI has received a 2008 Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award in the category of Sustainability from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, a 4,000-member Wisconsin business association.Read more

SAP Increases Focus on Sustainable Business

posted March 03, 2009
Dr. Peter Graf, SAP's first chief sustainability officer and executive VP of Sustainability SolutionsSAP AG has announced a long-term strategic focus on sustainability, covering both its own operations and customer solutions for more sustainable business practices. First, to help its customers with their sustainability efforts, SAP, together with TechniData AG, unveiled expanded solutions for environment, health and safety (EHS) management. In addition, to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable operations internally, SAP announced it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions down to its year-2000 levels by the year 2020. And, moving forward, SAP announced that its sustainability efforts will be led by a newly formed cross-functional sustainability organization headed by SAP’s first chief sustainability officer.
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