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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Sustainability

Sustainability


White House Announces New Executive Order To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Federal Government

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EERE, FEMP Press Release, Mar. 19, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/femp/articles/white-house-announces-new-executive-order-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions-federal

"The White House today announced that President Obama issued a new executive order that will cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40% over the next decade (from 2008 levels) and increase the share of electricity the federal government consumes from renewable sources to 30%. According to the White House, the President’s executive order will build on the federal government’s progress in reducing emissions to promote more sustainability actions over the next 10 years."

This Vertical Farm Will Provide Wyoming Residents with 100,000 lbs of Fresh Produce Each Year

Inhabit, Mar. 9, 2015, by Charley Cameron.
http://inhabitat.com/this-vertical-farm-will-provide-wyoming-residents-with-100000lbs-of-fresh-produce-each-year/

"A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce up to 100,000 lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent less water than conventional farming, and absolutely no pesticides, the three-story Vertical Harvest greenhouse will enable the cold, land-locked city to provide locally-grown produce for its residents all year round."

Six Factors to Assess Green Roofs

Buildings Magazine, Feb. 2015, by Jim Kirby.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18496/title/6-factors-to-assess-green-roofs.aspx

"Through its lifecycle, a roof has a variety of environmental impacts. However, many impacts can be controlled by building owners and facility managers, resulting in lower energy costs and longer service life. Take control of these factors to curtail environmental impacts and reduce energy and lifecycle costs on all roofs."

UTEP Engineering Center Can Boost Business Efficiency, Profits

UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso) News, Feb. 23, 2015, by Nadia M. Whitehead.
http://news.utep.edu/?p=29171

"Local manufacturers who are looking to boost efficiency and increase profitability don’t have to go at it alone. The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), an engineering program based at The University of Texas at El Paso, is here to help."

Growth in Employees and Demand for Green Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/construction/growth-in-employees-and-demand-for-green-construction_o.aspx

"Between 2010 and 2011, the percent of construction employees working in green construction and services jumped from 7.0 to 8.9 percent, according to data recently released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."

7 Sustainable Design Trends From The Living Building Challenge

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/green-building/7-sustainable-design-trends-from-the-living-building-challenge_c.aspx

"Here are seven future trends set by the Living Building Challenge that take net-zero to the next level."

Retailers Going Green

Environmental Design + Construction, Nov. 2104, by Derrick Teal.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95976-retailers-going-green

"Implementing sustainable designs in stores is helping numerous brands to put their environmental commitment on display for the public."

Stadiums Tackle Sustainability

Buildings, Oct. 2014, by Christopher Curtland.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18021/title/stadiums-tackle-sustainability.aspx

"Green sports facilities set an example for other sites." Sustainability & energy efficiency highlights are given for seven stadiums.

7 Fundamentals of Green O&M

Buildings, Oct. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18020/title/7-fundamentals-of-green-o-m.aspx

"Opportunities to run your facility in an environmentally conscious manner abound. Everything from product procurement, cleaning, and waste management to water efficiency, landscaping, and daylighting can and should be driven by sustainability. But with tight budgets and competing interests, keeping green at the heart of your operations is challenging. And no matter how eco-friendly your building’s design is, there’s always room for continuous improvement on the O&M side. We’ve found seven key areas that should be part of any green operations plan."

Energy Efficiency and Building with Wood

The Construction Specifier, Oct. 2014, by Nabih Tahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/energy-efficiency-and-building-with-wood/

"New wood building systems have been developed to offer greater airtightness to minimize energy consumption. The building industry should focus on combining the two aspects of using renewable building materials and energy efficiency to achieve comfortable buildings, while optimizing indoor air quality (IAQ) and reversing the negative effect of climate change."
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