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.

Iowa State Advances Thin Film Solar Technology

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With solar cell manufacturers around the globe scrambling to find a solution to the silicon shortage, Iowa State researchers are hoping their recent discoveries in materials science and plasma chemistry will boost the performance of thin film solar cells by 40 to 50 percent.

New Corn-to-Ethanol Process Promises Lower Costs, Environmental Benefits

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Purdue University scientists have developed an environmentally friendly, cost-effective method for creating ethanol from corn. Using a machine originally designed to make plastics, the new Chen-Xu Method grinds the corn kernels and then liquefies the starch with high temperatures.

Chevron Pursues Next-Generation Biofuels

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Chevron Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., has committed to invest up to $25 million in the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) over the next five years to research, develop and advance technology aimed at converting cellulosic biomass into transportation fuel. The multi-million dollar investment is the latest in a string of joint ventures between major corporations, universities and research institutes as the race to find a viable alternative to corn-based ethanol production heats up.