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Finalists Announced for Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The Cradle to Cradle Challenge is focused on building materials that are safe, made from readily available materials, and affordable. Even more important, the manufacturers have all provided detailed information about the materials in their products to prove that they are safe.

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Do Rooftop Solar Panels Really Hinder Firefighters?

The recent Delanco, NJ fire in which a deli company’s warehouse burned to the ground because firefighters said that its rooftop solar panels prevented them from accessing the roof and saving the building has raised a lot of questions about the safety of solar panels on roofs.

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EPA Proposes Carbon Emissions Limits on New U.S. Power Plants

Following through on the President’s historic National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA proposed precedent-setting new rules limiting carbon emissions for new power plants. The EPA isn’t stopping there: work on proposed new rules for existing power plants is already under way.

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VW Earns Top Honors for Sustainability & Carbon Disclosure

Volkswagen AG’s “green cred” got a big boost recently. The global automotive group earned top rankings in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the 2013 CDP Global Climate Change Report. It also signed a 20-year contract with Mexico Power Group to bring in 130-MW of wind power for its manufacturing facilities in Silao and Puebla.

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Why Cities are Supporting Bike Sharing Programs

It’s a quiet revolution. More than 400 communities across the globe have endorsed bike sharing programs, and the numbers are continuing to climb. Cyclists can attest to the personal benefits of using a shared biking program, which are numerous. But what’s the appeal for cities? According to two experts we spoke to in Seattle, there is lots.

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Deforestation and the Role of Paper Products

By far the most significant threat to forests is the expansion of agriculture and agricultural commodities. The expansion of soy and pasture land, palm oil production and other agricultural activities accounts for probably about 80% of tropical deforestation.

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Google Buys 240MW of Wind Power in Texas

In its latest renewable energy buy, Google announced Tuesday that it will purchase the entire 240-megawatt output of a wind farm in the Texas Panhandle.

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DOE Partners with Georgetown to Launch Small Town Energy Efficiency Prize

The DOE has signed an MOU to collaborate with Georgetown University in launching a 2-year, $5M energy efficiency competition open to 8,892 small and mid-sized communities across the nation. The initiative falls right in line with President Obama’s recently announced National Climate Change Action Plan, as well as sustainable cities and communities initiatives that have launched around the world in recent years.

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America’s Power Plan: The Crucial Role of Distributed Resources

America’s power sector has been largely unchanged for many decades, yet faces the potential for drastic transformation in the years to come as a result of technological innovations and a changing mindset among consumers towards energy consumption.