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Environmental Validation: Make ‘Green’ Claims and Do It Well

Consumers increasingly want to know what’s behind a label, and an environmental claim. We talk with UL’s Director of Market Development Scot Case to understand how third-party validation systems work — and why they benefit manufacturers, retailers and consumers when it comes to promoting and using green products.

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Oakland City Council Moves on Coal Transport Ban

Cities do not have the power to prohibit fossil fuel shipments because only the federal government can regulate railroads, so it’s an easy stance to take — it’s a resolution not a law. However fierce local opposition to fossil fuel exports carried on trains through West Coast port areas is putting a severe crimp in industry plans.

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Former Shell Chairman Criticizes Industry Inaction on Climate

“Climate change is a problem that absolutely must be tackled, and it is a very urgent problem and the longer we leave it the more and more urgent it becomes,” said James Smith, former chair of Shell U.K. and current chair of the consultancy Carbon Trust.

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New 49ers Stadium Set to Use 85 Percent Recycled Water

Recycled water will account for around 85 percent of all water used in Levi’s Stadium – the new home of the San Francisco 49ers — and will be used for playing field irrigation, a 27,000 square foot green roof, flushing toilets, and cooling tower make-up water. Inside, the stadium is dual plumbed with recycled water used for flushing toilets.

Following final testing by the City of Santa Clara Water and Sewer Utilities, Levi’s Stadium recently was connected to the city’s recycled water system, making it the first stadium in California to utilize the drought-proof water source. The milestone brings the facility one step closer to a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

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Interview: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland

Nick Aster talks to Timberland’s Margaret Morey-Reuner about sustainability at TImberland. In particular we talk about the Higg Index and the sustainable apparel coalition.

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EDF: Green Trucks Good for the Planet and Business

Heavy trucks haul about 70 percent of U.S. freight, gobbling nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil per day while producing nearly half-a-billion tons of carbon pollution a year, according to the report. By 2040 pollution from this sector is projected to increase by another 40 percent.

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Product Review: SunBell Solar Lamp and Phone Charger

The Little Sun and SunBell solar lamps by Bright Products demonstrate how industrial designers meet the challenges of solar cells with attractive, intuitive designs and multi-use devices.

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Interview: Carrie Majeske, Ford

Carrie Majeske talks about how Ford is using Big Data to improve the driving experience and advance issues of sustainability.

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Do Perovskites Hold the Keys to Ubiquitous Solar Energy?

The U.S. DOE recently announced $10 million in R&D funding that includes exploring the use of pervoskites as a CSP molten salts energy storage solution. Offering what is viewed as an ideal combination of performance and low cost, researchers on the PV front are looking to commercialize perovskite solar PV cells.

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SolarCoin: Good for the Environment but Not Social Equity?

SolarCoin rewards solar power producers. Handing out digital cash to people with solar panels can benefit our electricity systems and the environment, but there might be more equitable ways to incentivize clean energy.