Day: June 30, 2006

Increased Bioenergy Funding Met for FY07

Read the full story at RenewableEnergyAccess.com.

On June 27, the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee funded the Bioenergy program (Sec. 931(c)) at its full authorization of $213 million for FY07. This is an increase of $63 million over the President’s request and the House appropriation level. This also represents an increase of $123 million over the FY06 funding level.

BP and DuPont Partner to Develop New Biofuels

Read the full story at RenewableEnergyAccess.com.

BP and DuPont announce their partnership to develop, produce and market a next generation of biofuels to help meet increasing global demand for renewable transport fuels. The two companies, which have worked together since 2003 to develop advanced biofuels with properties that help overcome the limitations of existing biofuels, are accelerating the move toward renewable transportation fuels to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions.

America's Big 3 Auto Makers Commit to Renewable-Fuel Vehicles

Read the full story at RenewableEnergyAccess.com.

American automotive companies DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors have made the single largest commitment to renewable fuels in the nation’s history by announcing plans to double their annual production of vehicles capable of running on renewable fuels.

Energy Sec. Announces $170 Million Solicitation for Solar Energy Technologies

Read the full article at RenewableEnergyAccess.com.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced $170 million over three years (from FY ’07-’09) for cost-shared, public-private partnerships to advance solar energy technology. It is part of President Bush’s Solar America Initiative (SAI), which aims to bring down the cost of solar energy systems to make them competitive with conventional electricity sources in the U.S. by 2015.

For more information on funding opportunities, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/solar_america/funding_opportunities.html.

EPA Honors NYC's Green Buildings in Competition

Read the full article at RenewableEnergyAccess.com.

Architects using the best that technology has to offer in New York’s green building industry were honored recently for projects that help protect the environment while working to bring natural light, power and energy efficiency to the city skyline. The Bronx Zoo Lion House is brighter, Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue terminal is solar powered and the New Sunrise Yard maintenance facility is energy efficient.

The Green City Summer Institute, August 9-11

The Green City Summer Institute
A Field Study in Chicago: Past, Present, and Future
August 9-11, 2006

For more information: http://www.scs.northwestern.edu/summernu/programs/greencity.cfm

Northwestern University is pleased to present the first annual Green City Summer Institute, a three-day program that explores Chicago as one of America’s greenest cities. The City’s Environmental Action Agenda commits it to reducing its use of natural resources, improving the quality of life in Chicago as a whole, and saving taxpayer dollars through wise energy and resource-conserving actions. By building green, improving energy efficiency, promoting alternative fuels, recycling waste, and conserving and improving water quality, Chicago has pledged to lead the nation in the urban environmental movement.

Academy affirms hockey-stick graph

Read the full article in Nature.

It’s probably the most politicized graph in science — an icon of the case for climate change to some, and of flawed science in the service of that case to others — and it has coloured the climate-change debate for nearly a decade. Now the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has weighed in with a report on the ‘hockey-stick’ plot, which it hopes will finally lay the controversy to rest.

Environmental Health Perspectives

Posted to the NTP Update e-mail list. Last year, NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) announced plans to privatize the publishing of Environmental Health Perspectives. Public comments were critical of such a move. (Thanks to Michael Sholinbeck for the information).

June 28, 2006

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to inform you that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will continue to publish the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).

According to Journal Citation Reports, EHP is now the top ranking journal among 134 Environmental Sciences journals, and top among 93 Public, Environmental and Occupational Health journals. EHP’s impact factor increased from 3.92 to 5.34 in just one year from 2004 to 2005.

As we move forward in publishing EHP, the NIEHS will build upon those principles that have earned the journal a strong reputation and dedicated readership: open access, independent scientific peer-review, and effective oversight for conflict-of-interest.

In addition, the NIEHS will take some specific steps to further enhance the scientific quality of EHP and to reduce production costs during difficult budgetary times. Those steps include:

  • Identifying a scientist outside NIEHS to serve as Editor-in-Chief,
  • Dedicating more of the journal to scientific manuscripts, and reducing the news, commentary and announcement sections,
  • Utilizing improved technologies to facilitate the scientific peer-review process and journal production, and
  • Continuing partnerships with international scientific journals, while discontinuing translation services.

Our support of EHP is consistent with the goals set out in the new NIEHS Strategic Plan (available at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/external/plan2006/home.htm). We are committed to communicating high-quality, high-impact science that will assist biomedical and environmental health researchers with their important work.

Thank you for your ongoing support of EHP. We hope you will continue to use the journal as a key scientific resource.

Sincerely,

David A. Schwartz, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

James Burkhart, Ph.D.
Acting Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Health Perspectives

Teleconference: Purchasing Environmentally and Socially Responsible Computers

The Responsible Purchasing Network is hosting a free teleconference on purchasing environmentally and socially responsible computers on Tuesday, July 25, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. The call will feature presentations by experts in the field and conclude with a question and answer period.

The teleconference will include presentations by:

Scot Case, EPEAT Program Customer Services and Relations Manager, Green Electronics Council
Mr. Case will discuss the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the new procurement tool designed to help institutions identify green computers.

Dmitriy Nikolayev, Facilities & Environmental Services Procurement Manager, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division
Mr. Nikolayev will offer advice on how to incorporate environmental concerns into procurement specifications based on Massachusetts’ experience.

Michael Starkey, Sustainable Technologies Projects Coordinator, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Mr. Starkey will address additional social justice concerns to consider when purchasing computers.

Kelly Panciera, Responsible Purchasing Network Research & Membership Associate, New American Dream
Ms. Panciera will share suggested social justice language for inclusion in computers contracts.

To register for the call, please send your contact information to rpn@newdream.org. Include your name, organization, position, mailing address, phone, and email. Shortly before the call, all registered participants will be sent the teleconference number and access code. A link to the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations will also be provided.

If you have additional questions, please contact kelly@newdream.org.

St. Lucie Plans to Turn Garbage into Electricity

Read the full story in Public Works magazine.

A Florida county is teaming up with an Atlanta company to design, build and operate a plant that will transform solid waste into electricity.

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