New from the GAO: Energy efficiency, wind energy

Energy Efficiency: Better Coordination among Federal Programs Needed to Allocate Testing Resources. GAO-13-135, March 28. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-135 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/653429.pdf Wind Energy: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure Effective Use of Federal Financial Support. GAO-13-136, March 11. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-136 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/652958.pdf Manufactured Homes: State-Based Replacement Programs May Provide Benefits, but Energy Savings Do Not Fully Offset Costs. GAO-13-373, March …

Can Fungi Replace Plastics? Maybe, Say Researchers

Read the full story from Union College. Fungi, with the exception of shitake and certain other mushrooms, tend to be something we associate with moldy bread or dank-smelling mildew. But they really deserve more respect. Fungi have fantastic capabilities and can be grown, under certain circumstances, in almost any shape and be totally biodegradable. And, …

Trees Used to Create Recyclable, Efficient Solar Cell

Read the full story from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Solar cells are just like leaves, capturing the sunlight and turning it into energy. It’s fitting that they can now be made partially from trees. Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University researchers have developed efficient solar cells using natural substrates derived from plants such …

Dream Team: Why Why building an all-star green team should be part of your business strategy

Read the full story at Sustainable Industries. The concept of teamwork may seem like a very small issue in the shadow of a larger business sustainability pursuit. However, sustainability teams and the expanded definitions of teamwork are proving to be far more powerful than most business leaders might have originally thought. To most people working …

ISTC now accepting applications for 2013 Illinois Governor ‘s Sustainability Awards

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Applications will only be accepted electronically.  Details and application information can be found on our website. The award ceremony will be held this fall in Peoria, and …

DEQ seeks nominations for 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards

The DEQ has opened nominations for the fifth annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards. The Governor’s Awards recognize advances that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacturing, or use. The awards acknowledge efforts to design, implement, and promote safer and more sustainable chemicals, processes, and products. Awards are open to individuals, groups, …