Watch the video from Great Lakes Echo.
Urban farmers in Flint, Mich., have run into a problem – finding water for their crops. The challenge stems from zoning laws, unwilling neighbors and chemicals.
Filmed and produced by Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and by the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program recently changed its name to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). Along with this name change, AMO is now pursuing a revitalized mission as the lead government office working to identify, explore, develop, demonstrate, and deploy new, energy-efficient processes and materials technologies that will help U.S. manufacturers secure a competitive advantage in the global economy. Collectively, AMO’s technologies and suite of technology deployment resources create opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to realize bankable results in productivity and energy savings while also reducing carbon emissions.
In addition to the name change, AMO has formally transitioned its Save Energy Now LEADER initiative to the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, which is part of the broader Better Buildings Challenge announced last week by President Obama. The Better Buildings Challenge is designed to support job creation by catalyzing private-sector investment in commercial building and industrial facility energy upgrades to make America’s buildings 20% more efficient over the next decade, reducing energy costs for American businesses by nearly $40 billion. In all, 60 public, private, and nonprofit organizations are participating in the Better Buildings Challenge, representing 1.6 billion square feet of facility space and $2 billion of financial commitments. Nine industrial firms, representing more than 300 manufacturing plants, are part of the inaugural class of Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Partners. For more information, visit the Better Buildings Challenge website.
The 100-plus companies that previously participated in Save Energy Now LEADER will now be known as Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Partners and will maintain their ambitious 10-year, 25% energy intensity improvement targets. For more information on this transition, or if you are interested in becoming a Program Partner, see the revised AMO website.
If you have any questions about the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program, or if you require additional information, please contact AMO at BetterPlants@ee.doe.gov.
Read the full story from Central Michigan University.
Green is always gold, especially when it comes to saving the environment. Central Michigan University is a leader among institutions of higher learning by being designated a nationally recognized leader in green cleaning initiatives.
The university has received the “Grand Award” in the College/University category of the 2011 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities, sponsored by American School & University magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Health Schools Campaign. The award recognizes educational institutions that have exemplary green-cleaning programs and practices among custodial staff. The university received an honorable mention award in 2010.
Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.
Danville Area Community College will share in a three-year, $19.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative and the Illinois Green Energy Network.
The funding will be distributed among 17 IGEN hub colleges that will work cooperatively to develop certificate and degree programs for green economy workforce training.
DACC will receive $416,404 over the three-year period to develop a hybrid wind energy technician program in partnership with Highland Community College in northwestern Illinois.
Read the full story in Governing.
Companies are legally obligated to try to maximize profits. Some states are creating companies that can also factor employees, the community and the environment into financial decisions.
December 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST
Sustainability is moving from an add-on to becoming an integral part of strategy for a growing number of manufacturing companies. In this webcast, learn how customers are deploying design technology to make their products and processes more cost effective and sustainable, and in the process gaining a competitive edge. Customer examples will be presented along with technology insights to explain both the business benefits and the solutions that make those benefits possible.
In this hour-long webcast, you will hear from David Dornfeld, Department Chair & Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley, Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer, Granta Design, and Sarah Krasley, Product Manager, Sustainability, Autodesk. Joel Makower, Executive Editor at GreenBiz Group, will moderate the panel.
In this lively discussion, we will discuss the following:
- Increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and market expectations for sustainably designed products
- Cost pressures driving the need to understand material selection integrated with product design as a basis for competitive advantage
- Volatile energy prices forcing a business-wide effort to reduce energy consumption for end products and on the manufacturing floor
- Increasing focus on sustainable manufacturing practices, reducing energy footprint, avoiding substances of concern and reducing process waste
Watch the video about the Mud To Parks project, made by journalism graduate students at DePaul University.
The Indiana Chapter of USGBC is pleased to be a first-time host for the Greening the Heartland regional conference and to invite attendees from the 12-state USGBC Heartland Region and beyond, to join with our many Indiana constituents and associates for this exciting three-day event. We anticipate more than 1,000 conference attendees to gather at the Indianapolis Convention Centerand enjoy our wonderful city during May 16-18, 2012. Whether you’re interested in greening your building, your neighborhood, your business or organization, or protecting the sanctity of our natural environment, we encourage you to join business representatives, building trade experts, government officials, educators and students, non-profit leaders and sustainability advocates for GTH2012.
At Greening the Heartland 2012, we will explore interdependent elements of sustainability. While green buildings are critical components in the design of sustainable communities, their key advantages rely on relative pathways and infrastructure – a context we will address in the conference as watts, water, waste and wheels. Providing our buildings with clean energy, a precious supply of water, the efficient use of materials while minimizing waste, and a convenient and sustainable means of arrival results in truly green buildings and sustainable development.
The theme BUILDING COMMUNITY indicates our genuine desire to bring people together to share visions and solutions for sustainable communities in which to work, play, learn and live. We will also seek to join business and community leaders with green building professionals and product suppliers to achieve greater understanding of how environmental, economic and social trends of the maturing 21st century will influence our Heartland communities.
For more information, please visit http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/