Oneida Co. gets more help for brownfields

Read the full story in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Oneida County is getting $50,000 worth of help from the federal government to assess contaminated areas. The technical assistance to be provided by Community Action for a Renewed Environment is just the start for city and town officials to assess areas they believe to be contaminated, said Faye Rosselle, project coordinator for Oneida County and a consultant for the Oneida County Health Department.

Partners Moving to Establish Recreational Reuse of Former Riverfront Landfill

Read the full story in Kansas City infoZine.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department have hired a contractor who will develop ideas for potential recreational reuse of the former Riverfront Landfill.

Why Global Warming Matters

Read the full story at Alternet.

The producer of Al Gore’s hit documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ explains why Americans need to start getting serious about the ways that we’re destroying the planet — before it’s too late.

Providence medical center turns green

Read the full story in the Portland Business Journal.

Providence Health System’s new medical center in Newberg will be the first hospital building in the United States to acquire enough renewable electric power to meet all its needs.

GM FlexFuel Vehicle Sales Triple in E85 Fuel Card Promotion Markets

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Sales of GM’s Chevrolet and GMC flexible-fuel vehicles (FFV) in the Chicago-Rockford and Minnesota markets more than tripled during May 2006 compared to year-ago levels. The two markets are heavily targeted areas of GM’s E85 marketing campaign and are also the markets where GM is offering its $1,000 E85 fuel card promotion. (Earlier post.)

Enhancing Yeast to Ferment Ethanol from Sugars from Cellulosic Biomass

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Researchers at Delft University of Technology are genetically modifying Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) to enable the anaerobic fermentation of xylose—a sugar derived from cellulosic material—as well as glucose into ethanol. Most fermentative yeasts cannot convert xylose into ethanol—that’s a bottleneck for the development of the production of cellulosic ethanol. Those yeasts that can don’t do so very effectively.

Citation for the research paper

“Evolutionary engineering of mixed-sugar utilization by a xylose-fermenting Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain”; Marko Kuyper, Maurice J. Toirkens, Jasper A. Diderich, Aaron A. Winkler, Johannes P. van Dijken, Jack T. Pronk; FEMS Yeast Research, Volume 5 Page 925–July 2005; doi:10.1016/j.femsyr.2005.04.004

Virginia Tech Team Wins Year 2 of Challenge X with E85 Hybrid Design

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

Students from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) took top honors today in the Challenge X event for this year, the second competition in a three-year series.

High oil propels biofuels into global mainstream

Read the full story by Reuters.

Record high oil prices have propelled biofuels from niche player to the multi-billion dollar commodity mainstream, causing an explosion in new ventures and investor interest that has fired up global agricultural markets.

Staying Power

Read the five-part series in the Hartford Courant.

While the rest of us whine about the price of gasoline and home heating oil, some people already have done something about it. Throughout the state there are people who switched to alternative energy sources well before the latest increase in fuel costs. These people have found practical and effective ways to eliminate or reduce their reliance on oil and gasoline, in some cases saving thousands of dollars each year. Here are some of these people and their alternative energy systems.

From biofuels to wind, quest for energy alternatives steps up

Read the full Associated Press story in the Seattle Times. Note that the focus is on research in Illinois.

The future of energy is bright in Said Al-Hallaj’s invention lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology. All around the facility are advanced alternative-energy projects that testify to the war on oil that’s proceeding quietly at laboratories and research centers across the country.

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