PSU waste sort reveals opportunities

Read the full story from Portland State University. You can also download the full report. With the goal of providing recommendations for improving waste diversion and reduction efforts on campus, university staff sorted through 690 pounds of campus garbage to find out what portion of materials could have been diverted from the landfill through recycling …

Food fight: White Castle vs biofuels

Read the full story at Smart Planet. U.S. chain restaurants and a group of congressmen are launching an assault against biofuels on the grounds that fuel produced from crops like corn are pushing up food prices. At a press conference on Capitol Hill this Thursday, the president of burger chain White Castle will join the …

DOE Publishes Notice of Final Rule for Microwave Oven Standby and Off Mode Standards

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of final rule establishing amended energy conservation standards for microwave ovens in the standby and off modes. 78 FR 36316 (June 17, 2013). Find more information on the rulemaking, including milestones, statutory authority, rulemaking documents, and any other related rulemakings. All notices, public comments, …

Database helps building owners, investors evaluate energy-efficient buildings

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. A new database of building features and energy use data helps building managers, owners, real estate investors and lenders evaluate the financial results of energy efficiency investment projects and identify high- and low-performing buildings. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Building Performance Database (BPD) is being developed by …

New type of nanosheet offers fast pollutant degradation

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. Waste from textile and paint industries often contains organic dyes such as methylene blue as pollutants. Photocatalysis is an efficient means of reducing such pollution, and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) catalyzes this degradation. Researchers from Bangalore, India, led by C. N. R. Rao now report no less than four …

Webinar: Understanding the Role of Behavioral Change in Implementing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 12:30-2 pm CDT Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/776190082 This webinar examines the pivotal role of behavioral change in implementing sustainability projects, specifically the development of renewable energy projects and energy efficiency efforts at federal facilities.  The webinar describes concrete steps to install large scale photovoltaic arrays, improved boiler efficiency, and procure energy efficient products.