Day: September 28, 2006

Big bucks for study of the very small

Read the full story in the Houston Chronicle.

The state of Texas committed $21.5 million on Wednesday to increase the state’s stake in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology research.

The funds, added to $11.5 million from the semiconductor industry, will create a research center based at the University of Texas at Austin that will include six other universities.

Pathfinders in Corporate Energy Management

The latest issue of Energy Matters, the Best Practices quarterly of DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program, is now available online. This issue focuses on the many ways that companies are reducing energy and operating costs, and curbing emissions, through energy management programs.

Table of Contents

Companies Forge Individual Paths to Energy Management

To see if they were following similar paths, we wanted to know what the 10 companies described here have been doing to integrate energy management into their day-to-day operations; our findings might surprise you! More

Cementing Energy Management at California Portland

Making energy management a corporate strategy has allowed California Portland Cement Company to trim its energy bills by $3 million annually; here’s how they’re doing it. More

DOE Announces Second Round of Energy Savings Assessments

Because they identified potential energy cost savings amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, DOE is offering eligible U.S. manufacturing facilities another round of Energy Savings Assessments; find out what’s different about Round 2 and how to apply. More

Super Boiler Looks Promising for High Efficiency, Cost Savings

A new, energy-efficient “Super Boiler” system could reduce steam system operating costs in U.S. manufacturing plants by more than $10 billion per year, in all; this is just one reason why it’s so super! More

Quick PEP Software Helps Jump-Start Energy Savings

“Quick PEP,” a new software tool that provides a profile of your plant’s energy use and indicates how to trim your energy costs, could be just what you need. More

SoCalGas Pilot Program Boosts Industrial Energy Efficiency in Southern California

Find out what SoCalGas and its partners are doing to help industrial plant managers in California save energy and money in a customized pilot program modeled on DOE’s plant assessments. More

How Your Plant Can Weather a Hurricane

The devastating hurricanes of 2005 caused at least $5 billion in commercial losses; find out what your plant can do to try to minimize any future damages. More

Texas Technology Showcase Set for December 2006

To learn about the latest energy-efficient industrial technologies and energy management strategies, don’t miss the 2006 Texas Technology Showcase for industry, being held in Galveston on December 6 and 7. More

New Equipment Improves Process Heating Efficiency at Texas Chemical Plant

The Rohm and Haas plant in Deer Park, Texas, replaced a natural gas-fired furnace with new equipment that will boost process efficiency and save the plant an impressive $7 million per year in energy and operating costs. More

Wilmette links car fees to pollution

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Trying to send a message that environmental protection begins at home, the Wilmette Village Board voted 6-1 Tuesday night to approve a discount on vehicle sticker fees for owners of low-pollution cars and trucks.

Global Warming a Moral Issue, Say Interfaith Panelists

Read the full story from World Watch.

Representatives from a variety of world faiths discussed the role of religion in addressing global warming and other pressing environmental challenges at a September 18–21 conference on climate stabilization in Washington, D.C. Sharing a panel on “Achieving Intergenerational and International Equity,” speakers from the Catholic, Episcopal, Evangelical, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon, and Presbyterian faiths described the progress their communities are making in tackling climate change.

Campus Ecology Program

The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program supports and promotes positive and practical conservation projects on campus and beyond to protect wildlife by restoring habitat and slowing global warming.

How U.C.-Riverside Minds Its Waste

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Many universities have found that their procedures for hazardous waste collection and disposal have evolved over the years. In particular, campuses are outgrowing their existing environmental health & safety facilities, write Antoinette Bunkley.

Ten Tips to Construct a Mold-Free Building

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Even with today’s construction techniques, most buildings undergo natural wear and eventually need renovation. However, another hazard exists that can cause a building to lose value even before construction is complete.

HOK Forms Alliance with Australian Firm to Advance Sustainable Design Innovation

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Global design firm HOK has entered into a strategic alliance with Advanced Environmental, a specialist environmental division of Australia-based Lincolne Scott consulting engineers, to advance sustainable design expertise and innovation in commercial building projects throughout the U.S.

USGBC Signs Wingspread Principles on Climate Change

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The U.S. Green Building Council has signed the Wingspread Principles on the U.S. Response to Global Climate Change, twelve concise statements that lay a foundation for positive change in the U.S. We’re encouraging our members to sign as well, and lend their voices to the call for change.

Retail Goes Green from the Ground Up

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Randy Peacock was just 15 years old when he began working for the Melaver family in Savannah, Ga. He was a bag boy at the M&M Supermarket at Abercorn Plaza. Flash forward to 2006, and Abercorn Common, as it is now known, is the first all-retail LEED Silver project in the nation.

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