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The EPA announced it will redesign its label for new cars to make it easier for consumers to buy the cleanest, most fuel efficient models. But in a recent poll, the two label designs proposed by the EPA confused consumers, who cared more about gas mileage and fuel costs than the new environmental information the EPA now wants to include.
Climate Corps fellows investigating energy efficiency opportunities at FedEx data centers are finding a lot to like about the new Energy Star Data Center label. But with the label still in its infancy, the fellows are also finding some shortcomings that could be easily fixed.
Companies seeking Energy Star certification for their products must furnish lab test results to verify energy use before they can use the famous label. The new requirement is the latest move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to strengthen the program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy announced efforts to bolster the Energy Star program Friday, days after a survey suggested the brand could be losing its edge in the marketplace.
Support for green construction and LEED certification dipped slightly in 2009 but remains strong across the past three years despite the recession, according to the latest green building survey by Allen Matkins, Constructive Technologies Group and the Green Building Insider.<br />
The nonprofit launched the Industry Innovators (i2) project today with charter member companies Amtrak, Ben & Jerry's, Clif Bar, REI, Shaklee and Timberland, each of whom received Climate Counts' top scores on the moves they've undertaken to address climate change.
<a href='http://bacardilimited.com/'>Bacardi Ltd.</a>, the world's largest privately held spirits company, cut greenhouse gas emissions 9.2 percent in the last fiscal year by increasing efficiencies and the use of renewable energy, while <a href='http://www.us.kpmg.com/'>KPMG LLP</a> shrank its carbon footprint in the U.S. by reducing air travel, use of electricity and waste.
The 41-story Marathon Oil Tower has been designated as a BOMA 360 Performance Building for its wide-ranging best practices in areas that include energy, water and waste management as well as green purchasing, life safety and tenant relations.
With a new-found awareness of the potential of energy efficiency, 2010 promises to be a year of action to green buildings. There are three key factors that get people to act: incentives, funding and solutions that are proven to work.