Bill may increase energy competitiveness

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo. Renewable energy companies could get some of the same tax and funding benefits that fossil fuel companies enjoy under a bill now before the U.S. Congress. The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would let renewable companies form businesses that are taxed as a partnership yet can be …

SAP takes environmental reporting to the cloud

Read the full story in GreenBiz. German software giant SAP today announced two new products that will embrace the cloud to improve supply-chain management and regulatory compliance for manufacturers. The news marks the latest attempt to make it easier for suppliers to provide data about their products, an increasingly difficult task as more corporations work …

US Mayors Support Extended Producer Responsibility for Mattresses

Read the full story in Construction & Demolition Recycling. A consortium of U.S. mayors has publicly declared its support for extended producer responsibility (EPR) for mattresses, according to the Product Stewardship Institute Inc. (PSI), a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the health and environmental impacts of consumer products.

Biochar group releases results of sustainability survey

Read the full story in Canadian Biomass. The International Biochar Initiative has released selected responses to a broad-based sustainability survey conducted in September of this year that asked for greatest potential benefit of using biochar, and to point out the most pressing needs for rapid commercialization and market penetration.

Three recent biochar research articles

Yi Cheng; Zu-cong Cai; Scott X. Chang; Jing Wang; Jin-bo Zhang (2012). "Wheat straw and its biochar have contrasting effects on inorganic N retention and N2O production in a cultivated Black Chernozem." Biology and Fertility of Soils. 48(8), 941-948. DOI: 10.1007/s00374-012-0687-0 Abstract: A laboratory incubation experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of direct incorporation …

Chicago Offers Model For Sustainable Urban Design

Read the full story at SustainableBusiness.com. Can the asphalt jungle be reengineered to help communities reduce pollution and conserve water? The greening of a "street" may not sound like much, but a 1.5-mile stretch of road in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood is being lauded as the greenest street in America – as an example of how cities can use sustainable design …

Goodbye cars: Reducing Microsoft’s carbon footprint

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries. Getting people out of their cars is a huge part of how a company can reduce its environmental footprint. That’s why Microsoft introduced The Connector five years ago. The Connector is a shuttle service for Puget Sound-based Microsoft employees that now has 22 routes throughout metropolitan Seattle. The service …