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Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading


Food Distributor Finds Renewables to be Marketing Benefit

Linda Hardesty

Testa Produce has been an EPA Green Power Partner since April 2012. The produce distribution company occupies a 91,300-sq-foot facility in Chicago’s Industrial Stockyards Park, where 18 percent of the facility’s annual electricity needs are supplied by an on-site 750-kW wind turbine and about 180 solar panels. In addition, all water is heated by means   …Continue Reading


PepsiCo, Sears, Samsung Among Energy Star Winners

Leon Walker

PepsiCo, Sears Holdings and Samsung are among the 127 recipients of the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award, the EPA and the Energy Department has announced. Winners demonstrated innovative strategies to help their customers, partners and stakeholders save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA says. The winners were selected from 16,000 Energy Star partners,   …Continue Reading


EPA Releases Energy Treasure Hunt Guide

Leon Walker

The EPA‘s Energy Star program has launched a guide book that details how to use “energy treasure hunts” to engage employees in finding low cost energy saving opportunities. Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple Steps to Finding Energy Savings explains how companies can use improvements in behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions to find energy efficiency low hanging fruit. By   …Continue Reading


134 Small Pennsylvania Businesses Win Energy-Efficiency Grants

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $996,713 in grants to help 134 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement   …Continue Reading


Power Purchase Agreements Put Google on EPA’s Green Power List

Linda Hardesty

Google has been added to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 100 list of Green Power Partners.  At No. 6 on the list, Google is using more than 737 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, the bulk of which is supplied by two 20-year bundled Power Purchase Agreements. Intel Corporation continues to top the   …Continue Reading


CNEE Proposes Over 200 Climate Change Ideas

Leon Walker

A group of more than 100 CEOs, energy experts and academics led by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and his Center for the New Energy Economy have delivered President Obama a report containing more than 200 ideas on how he can act on global climate change. The report, which Ritter called a “comprehensive menu of options” for the President, was developed   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Releases Commissioning Refrigeration Guide

Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

A new guide developed by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers  outlines a process that could help supermarkets reduce energy costs related to refrigeration as much as 25 percent. The “Refrigeration Commissioning Guide for Commercial and Industrial Systems“ guide book, funded in part by the US Department of Energy through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory,   …Continue Reading


Just 19% of Large Philly Buildlings Report Energy Use as Deadline Looms

Leon Walker

Less than 20 percent of the Philadelphia buildings that have been mandated by the city to report their energy usage and water consumption have done so, reports Technical.ly Philly. Under the law, buildings with over 50,000 sq ft of indoor floor space must report their resource consumption in a bid to make businesses think more   …Continue Reading


Energy Star Cable Boxes Saved $450M in Energy Last Year

Leon Walker

Cable television set-top boxes certified by the EPA’s Energy Star program delivered nearly $450 million in consumer energy savings last year, according to agency figures. The reductions are the result of a half-decade-long set-top box-focused program. In 2008, cable and satellite boxes consumed 27,000 GWh of electricity – as much as the entire state of Maryland,   …Continue Reading


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