5 Simple Steps to Creating a Zero-Waste Office

Read the full story in Entrepreneur. The average U.S. office worker generates two pounds of paper each day, according to Environmental Protection Agency. Most of that trash -- 90 percent -- is made up of printed materials like sales reports, project drafts, copy machine mistakes and unwanted mail. While recycling might seem like the easy …

EPA Provides Tools for Sustainable Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a first-of-its kind report showing how low-income, minority and tribal communities can apply smart growth land use and development strategies to create healthy communities, spur economic growth and protect the environment. The Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities report describes how low-income, minority, and tribal communities can …

Hydrovolts Introduces Commercial Turbine, Targets Wastewater Plants

Read the full story at Xconomy. As recently as a year ago, Seattle renewable energy startup Hydrovolts planned to sell its turbines primarily to irrigation districts for use in canals. But the company now sees a more promising initial market for a “waterfall turbine” that can be bolted onto systems within wastewater treatment plants and other industrial …

Energy Department Expands Technical Assistance for Tribal Energy Projects

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help Tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the Energy Department today announced the second round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, which provides federally recognized Tribal governments with technical assistance to accelerate clean energy project …

Energy Department Announces New Funding to Develop Advanced Biomass Supply Chain Technologies

As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced about $6 million for projects that will develop and demonstrate supply chain technologies to affordably deliver commercial-scale lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks to biorefineries across the country. This funding will help accelerate the development of integrated, cost-effective supply chain systems that reduce time …

Tax Reforms to Advance Energy Efficiency

Download the document. At the beginning of President Obama’s second term, tax reform has become a frequently-cited concern.  Both Democrats and Republicans are supporting tax reform and actual work on legislation is likely to begin in 2013.  Key elements of reform are likely to include simplifying the tax code in some respects and reducing marginal …