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City of Steamboat reviews LEED certification requirements 18.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs is researching green energy standards in anticipation of a request from the local development community to reduce the costs associated with energy efficiency certifications such as LEED and Green Globes . In her most recent staff report, City Manager Deb Hinsvark wrote that the Steamboat Springs City Council soon might hear a request to drop the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification requirement for single family and duplex construction in the mountain base area. The requirement is part of the mountain base area design standards, which supplement the community development code and govern construction in four Steamboat zone districts near the mountain. The city also has its own separate green building standards that apply to development in all areas. One of the issues that has been raised, Steamboat Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said, is the cost of having a third party come out to perform an inspection to certify the building as LEED or one of ...
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Greenland was green 18.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Greenland the second largest body of ice on Earth was actually green at one point in history. Researchers, including a scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have unearthed cryogenically frozen ancient dirt previously buried under nearly two miles of ice.
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Inner Sustainability: A New Concept for Earth Day 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the world spins round and round, as the years go by and by, as governments have meeting after meeting, where do we stand with respect to taking care of our planet? Some moments it feels like the world is spinning out of control -- tornadoes are bigger, hurricanes more powerful. I had never even heard the the word tsunami before a few years ago. Now the weather patterns seem to be going crazy; there are more droughts, floods, and fires. The other night when drifting to sleep I was actually wondering whether I am going to leave this planet while the going is still good. Giving Up on Governments Frankly, I have given up on government. I've concluded it is up to each one of us as individuals to do what we can in our homes and locally. When we think of the whole world, cleaning up the environment seems too daunting, even out of the realm of possibility. One thing I have learned over the years is that if you can break a big problem down into smaller pieces and then take actions steps every day to deal ...
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Partnering for Impact: A Q&A with Domtar 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sustainability is one of the most far-reaching issues of our time. To impart measurable change, neither individuals nor companies can do it alone. This makes partnerships across public and private company lines especially critical. While working together toward this common goal is extremely important, it's not always easy. Developing successful and impactful marketing campaigns and partnerships is trying in any industry. For sustainability-focused, for-profit companies, trying to engage your audiences around the weighty issue of sustainability can be even more difficult, as some find it challenging to manage a delicate balance between financial goals and staying true to a mission to do what's right. And having to address multiple stakeholders -- including other companies, consumers and the public sector -- only complicates the equation further. One company I've seen rise to that challenge especially well is Domtar, the sustainable paper company. Domtar created a guiding strategy for its partner ...
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Greenland was green 18.4.2014 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
Greenland the second largest body of ice on Earth was actually green at one point in history. Researchers, including a scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have unearthed cryogenically frozen ancient dirt previously buried under nearly two miles of ice.
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Wisconsin DA clears officers in Appleton shooting 18.4.2014 Twincities.com: Local

APPLETON, Wis. -- Two Appleton police officers were justified in shooting a robbery suspect, officials said.

Greenland was green 18.4.2014 Climate Change News - ENN
Greenland the second largest body of ice on Earth was actually green at one point in history. Researchers, including a scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have unearthed cryogenically frozen ancient dirt previously buried under nearly two miles of ice.
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Friday Fun: Calling all innovators to the Powerful Answers Award 18.4.2014 THE CITY FIX
Do you have an idea that could radically change the world, if only you were given the resources to bring it to fruition? Do you see challenges with sustainability, health, or transport in your community and want to solve them ...
Saving money with wasted heat 18.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Nearly two-thirds of energy input is lost as waste heat. Now Northwestern University scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity. This outstanding property could be exploited in solid-state thermoelectric devices in a variety of industries, with potentially enormous energy savings.
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These Electric Cars May Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages In NYC 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On the heels of the actor's impassioned New York Times editorial urging de Blasio not to ban Central Park's horse-drawn carriages, activists on Thursday unveiled a model of the vintage-styled electric car likely to replace them -- yet another sign de Blasio's campaign promise may be fulfilled soon. The "Horseless eCarriage," commissioned by animals rights group NYCLASS, debuted at the New York International Auto Show. The cars were designed with an antique style from the early 1900's, likely to preserve the old world character of the carriages that's proven popular with tourists. Neeson's very public fight to save the horse-carriage trade in Manhattan -- " an entire way of life and a historic industry are under threat ," he wrote -- has brought an usual amount of attention on the issue. Earlier this week, both the Times and The New York Daily News also published their own editorials arguing that the carriage business should survive. However, De Blasio, who claims the horses are treated inhumanely has ...
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New York Yankees, with 27 World Championships, Now Seeking to Lead League in Composting and Sustainability 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY: Two weeks before the New York Yankees opened their 111th baseball season, as Derek Jeter and his teammates were in Florida finishing up their spring training schedule, the Yankee’s Vice President of Stadium Operations, Doug Behar, was out in California,...
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The simple truth: How label claims can get you into trouble 18.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Even when the FTC doesn't define a term, consumers do. And when companies use words deceptively, consumers sue.

The simple truth: How label claims can get you into trouble
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10 major cities form City Energy Project 18.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

From Boston to Salt Lake City, cities are banding together to combat the biggest demand for energy and source of carbon emissions.

10 major cities form City Energy Project
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Governments fail to lead on sustainability 18.4.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Who's leading the sustainability charge, according to experts? Social entrepreneurs and NGOs.

Governments fail to lead on sustainability
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China Environmental News Alert 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Greenlaw from NRDC China, NRDC China Program, Beijing: NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a compilation of news from around...
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Logging Concessions Enable Illegal Logging Crisis in the Peruvian Amazon 18.4.2014 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
Matt Finer, Clinton N. Jenkins, Melissa A. Blue Sky and Justin Pine Date:  Full article published by Scientific Reports on April 17, 2014 Status of logging concessions in the Peruvian Amazon The Peruvian Amazon is an important arena in global efforts to promote sustainable logging in the tropics. Despite recent efforts to achieve sustainability, such as provisions in the US–Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, illegal logging continues to plague the region. We present evidence that Peru's legal logging concession system is enabling the widespread illegal logging via the regulatory documents designed to ensure sustainable logging. Analyzing official government data, we found that 68.3% of all concessions supervised by authorities were suspected of major violations. Of the 609 total concessions, nearly 30% have been cancelled for violations and we expect this percentage to increase as investigations continue. Moreover, the nature of the violations indicate that the permits associated with legal concessions are ...
Thompson: Warriors' best chance to beat Clippers is small ball 18.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
Losing Andrew Bogut leaves the Golden State Warriors vulnerable to the Los Angeles Clippers' inside game in their NBA playoff series; the Warriors' best chance to pull an upset is to go with a smaller lineup, and even then it will be difficult.
'Green News Report' - April 17, 2014 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: One year since the deadly West, TX fertilizer explosion: has anything changed?; New 'habitable' planet discovered!; Environmental justice: air pollution highest in minority neighborhoods; March 2014 was 4th warmest ever recorded; PLUS: 'Bombshell' study ties record CA drought, cool weather in East directly to human-caused global warming... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): UN climate report summary censored by governments around the world; Monsanto herbicide found in human breast milk; VT poised to label GMO foods; Methane leaks from natural gas wells up to 1000% higher than estimates; Transmission for renewable energy is cheaper than ...
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Light-rail Green Line will require safety heads-up by motorists and pedestrians, cops say 18.4.2014 Twincities.com: Local

Police will begin a safety education and enforcement campaign for motorists and pedestrians along the Green Line in St. Paul next week, officials said Thursday.

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It’s time for U.S. employers to go green 18.4.2014 TreeHugger
A recent survey shows that many Americans want to work in an eco-friendly office.
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