Day: June 7, 2006

Ship It Good: How Companies Are Driving Down the Impacts of Shipping

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With environmental activists turning a fresh eye on freight, progress is gaining speed. By Joel Makower

Climate Solution: An 'Eco-IKEA'?

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When in doubt, go shopping, says Martin Wright. Ideally somewhere you can see, hear, feel, and smell all the options for smart low-carbon living.

Chevron Increases its Activity in Biofuels Sector

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Chevron Corporation said it has formed a biofuels business unit to advance technology and pursue commercial opportunities related to the production and distribution of ethanol and biodiesel in the U.S.

Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Project Could Surpass 700 MW

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A new challenger has thrown its hat in the ring to be the first offshore wind project in North America. If the plan goes through, it could also be the largest single wind project on the continent.

New issue of Responsible Purchasing Update

Read the latest issue on the New American Dream website.


  • Will Wal-Mart Green Procurement?
  • RPN Program News
    • Clean Energy Purchasing Assistance
    • Second Green Cleaning Sweepstakes
    • Green Fleet “Summ-ette”
    • Teleconference on Purchasing EPEAT Computers
  • Responsible Purchasing in the News
    • Connecticut Issues Green Cleaning Executive Order
    • Time Inc. and Random House, Inc. Adopt Paper Purchasing Policies
    • City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and State of Maryland to Use Biodiesel in Fleets
    • Southwestern Pennsylvania Builds Its First Green School
    • Boston Makes Largest Local Government Green Power Purchase in New England
    • Washington State Requires Electronics Companies to Pay for Recycling
  • Calendar

'Mercury Sponge' Technology Ready For Market

Read the full story in Environmental Protection Magazine.

A material designed to capture and remove mercury and other toxic substances from industrial waste streams is now available for commercial use, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) officials announced on May 23.

New Environmental Health and Toxicology Search Tool

A new meta-search and clustering tool for toxicology and environmental health information resources is available from the National Library of Medicine/NLM (

ToxSeek ( is a meta-search and clustering engine that enables simultaneous searching of many different toxicology and environmental health information resources on the World Wide Web. ToxSeek uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to retrieve, integrate, rank, and present search results as coherent and dynamic sets.

ToxSeek’s “results clustering” feature helps users to more easily identify particular concepts. These clusters are created from what is retrieved in the original query, and can be useful in uncovering a specific concept or focus for more in-depth searching.

ToxSeek searches across a wide range of authoritative sources including:

  • All TOXNET databases (
  • Additional selected resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), including PubMed
  • Resources from other NIH institutes, and toxicology/environmental health information from other United States government agencies
  • Selected international resources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Resources from professional societies and scientific organizations.

From Classroom to Boardroom: First Steps

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Freshly minted MBA Paul Liotsakis will test his knowledge of sustainable management as associate director for a growing city program that pays businesses to temporarily reduce their electricity use.

Building Energy Codes

A program of the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes is an information resource on national model energy codes. The program works with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes.

New Study Finds Vast Potential for Cutting Energy Waste in China, India, Brazil

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The world has a major stake in the success of energy reduction efforts, particularly in the hot economies of China, India, and Brazil, warn experts concluding a four-year international project.

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