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Canadian businesses recognised for energy-saving measures
Canadian businesses recognised for energy-saving measures

Friday 30th October 2009

Businesses in London, Ontario, are being encouraged to sign up for a new collaborative effort to reduce energy consumption and recognise good sustainable practice. Unveiled by the Mayor's Sustainable Energy Council, the EnergySaver Recognition Programme is designed to encourage and support energy conservation and efficiency in the Canadian city, LondonTopic reports. According ...

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Green IT 'must stay on the agenda'
Green IT 'must stay on the agenda'

Friday 30th October 2009

The recession should not provide IT departments with an excuse to push energy-saving initiatives off the agenda, it has been claimed. According to silicon.com, green measures have been "dropping down the list of IT priorities" since the onset of the economic downturn, with a recent survey by the website finding that ...

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Cardiff's Senedd building receives energy rating upgrade
Cardiff's Senedd building receives energy rating upgrade

Friday 30th October 2009

The Senedd building, home of the National Assembly for Wales, is now officially one of the most energy-efficient public structures in the UK. Situated in Cardiff Bay, the building recently had its Display Energy Certificate rating upgraded from a C to a B in recognition of its impressive green credentials. Energy-saving features ...

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Energy efficiency projects boost business in South Dakota
Energy efficiency projects boost business in South Dakota

Thursday 29th October 2009

Various energy-saving projects undertaken in the US state of South Dakota could lead to more jobs being created in the area. That is the opinion of Matt McGovern, South Dakota's director for Repower America, who observed that for every $1 million invested in energy efficiency, 16 jobs are created, the Argus ...

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Energy-saving business conference to take place in Bahamas
Energy-saving business conference to take place in Bahamas

Thursday 29th October 2009

Business leaders and energy experts will meet to discuss energy efficiency solutions for the private sector at an event in the Bahamas next month. Taking place at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on November 12th and 13th, the Bahamas Energy Conference and Expo is set to feature speeches from government officials, ...

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Green buildings 'make financial sense'
Green buildings 'make financial sense'

Thursday 29th October 2009

A growing number of businesses in Portland, Oregon, are recognising the financial benefits of energy-efficient buildings. This is according to a report from the Oregonian, which reveals that many firms looking to rent office space in the city are now seeking commercial premises with green building certification. One of Portland's most high-profile ...

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Homebase switches off lights for energy-saving initiative
Homebase switches off lights for energy-saving initiative

Wednesday 28th October 2009

UK hardware chain Homebase has adopted a simple approach to saving energy - turning off store lights whenever the sun comes out. According to the Daily Telegraph, the firm's owner Home Retail Group launched the 'switch if off' campaign 12 months ago and is asking outlets to help reduce its carbon ...

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New Haven building commended for energy efficiency
New Haven building commended for energy efficiency

Wednesday 28th October 2009

The Long Wharf Maritime Center in New Haven, Connecticut, has received the Energy Star award for commercial buildings. According to a statement from New Haven mayor John DeStefano's office, the 15-storey structure is now rated in the top 15 per cent of buildings in the US in terms of energy efficiency. Recent ...

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Football stadium plans feature energy-saving commitment
Football stadium plans feature energy-saving commitment

Wednesday 28th October 2009

Tottenham Hotspur have pledged to deliver a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions when the football club's new stadium is built in north London. A planning application for the 56,000-capacity arena was submitted to Haringey Council this week, with the stadium forming the centrepiece of a scheme known as the ...

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Energy-efficiency funding granted in South Carolina
Energy-efficiency funding granted in South Carolina

Tuesday 27th October 2009

The city of Charleston in South Carolina is set to roll out a series of energy-saving measures after being awarded $1.1 million (£673,164) in federal stimulus funding. According to the Post and Courier, some of the money will be used to set up a new organisation known as the Charleston Energy ...

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San Diego building 'set standard for energy efficiency'
San Diego building 'set standard for energy efficiency'

Monday 26th October 2009

Ongoing attempts to make commercial structures in San Diego, California, more energy efficient are inspired by the pioneering efforts of the city's Ridgehaven Building. This is according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which describes the three-storey, 73,000 sq ft office building as "a showcase for energy efficiency". In 1999, the Ridgehaven Building ...

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Government departments receive £20m to cut emissions
Government departments receive £20m to cut emissions

Monday 26th October 2009

The UK government will invest £20 million in reducing the carbon emissions and energy bills of its central departments, it has emerged. Energy and climate change minister Joan Ruddock said that the money will be used to help government departments make financial savings, as well becoming more environmentally friendly. The £20 million ...

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Petrol station 'making a difference' with green measures
Petrol station 'making a difference' with green measures

Friday 23rd October 2009

The owner of a filling station in Illinois has revealed how a new energy-saving project is cutting his utility bills and reducing his carbon footprint. David Welch told the Chicago Tribune that his electricity and water bills have fallen by about 20 per cent since he rolled out a number of ...

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Frito-Lay building recognised for energy-saving achievements
Frito-Lay building recognised for energy-saving achievements

Friday 23rd October 2009

Snack food company Frito-Lay has been commended by the US Green Building Council for the energy-saving performance of its headquarters in Texas. The building received a Gold certificate under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scheme, which recognises high standards in green design and construction. Frito-Lay, which is a division ...

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Energy-efficiency is the key, says retrofitter
Energy-efficiency is the key, says retrofitter

Thursday 22nd October 2009

Simple energy-efficiency measures are sometimes ignored in favour of high-profile renewable power sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, it has been claimed. Stephen Freskos, a contractor currently working on an energy-saving retrofit project at San Jose State University, told the Spartan Daily that reducing energy consumption can often be ...

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Energy-efficiency project helps 'green' grocers save money
Energy-efficiency project helps 'green' grocers save money

Wednesday 21st October 2009

A new energy-saving initiative is enabling grocery stores in the state of Wisconsin to boost their earnings. According to the Journal Sentinel, the Green Grocer Program is a voluntary certification scheme devised by Better Environmental Solutions and a local utility company. To encourage businesses to adopt a greener approach, the project gives ...

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UK councils make switch to energy-saving lighting
UK councils make switch to energy-saving lighting

Wednesday 21st October 2009

Local authorities in the West Midlands region of the UK are reducing their energy use by embracing new technology, it has emerged. The Express & Star reports that councils in Wolverhampton and Dudley have opted to set a green example by replacing outmoded street lights with energy-saving alternatives. In Wolverhampton, 10,000 street ...

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British pub owners receive energy-saving advice
British pub owners receive energy-saving advice

Tuesday 20th October 2009

Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises (S&NPE) has urged its members to cut expenditure with the use of green lighting solutions. The public house operator, which runs over 2,000 licensed premises in partnership with business individuals throughout the UK, said that pubs currently waste between £1,500 and £5,000 a year due to ...

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Florida office puts energy-saving technology on display
Florida office puts energy-saving technology on display

Monday 19th October 2009

An engineering consultancy based in Tallahassee, Florida, has turned its headquarters into a showcase for the latest energy-saving innovations. The H2Engineering office building is the first structure in the area to be awarded Gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scheme, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Following a $1.62 ...

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ICT 'can make businesses more energy efficient'
ICT 'can make businesses more energy efficient'

Monday 19th October 2009

Businesses should view information and communications technology (ICT) as a vital tool in the energy efficiency process. This is according to Clark MacFarlane, managing director of Siemens IT Solutions and Services, who told the Daily Telegraph that ICT has the potential to make a major impact on energy-saving projects in the ...

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IT firm saves money with energy-saving measures
IT firm saves money with energy-saving measures

Friday 16th October 2009

The owner of a small IT consulting firm based in Maryland has revealed how a simple energy-saving initiative helped him to trim overhead costs and avoid making redundancies. Steve Kolbe, president and founder of Analysys, told the Wall Street Journal that installing energy-saving equipment to the company's central IT system has ...

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Energy efficiency movement 'growing in the US'
Energy efficiency movement 'growing in the US'

Friday 16th October 2009

Energy efficiency is growing in stature as a method of cutting carbon emissions in the US, although some states are still lagging behind when it comes to saving power. This is according to the environmental news service Grist, which claims that there is still a "wide variation in energy efficiency among ...

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Michigan businesses continue with energy-saving plan
Michigan businesses continue with energy-saving plan

Thursday 15th October 2009

A group of firms based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have entered the second year of an energy-saving initiative designed to cut business costs. Overseen by Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the programme involves about 50 local businesses which together account for approximately 560,000 sq ft of office space in the ...

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Energy-efficient lighting installed in Connecticut health centres
Energy-efficient lighting installed in Connecticut health centres

Thursday 15th October 2009

Two University of Connecticut health centres will use stimulus funding to install energy-saving lighting systems, it has been announced. According to state governor M Jodi Rell, $420,000 (£259,252) will be spent on replacing outmoded light fixtures in the buildings at Farmington and West Hartford with energy-efficient fixtures and occupancy sensors. She unveiled ...

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US schools save money with energy-efficiency measures
US schools save money with energy-efficiency measures

Wednesday 14th October 2009

A school district in Minnesota has reduced its energy use by approximately 12 per cent in just under a year after placing a renewed focus on energy efficiency. Mounds View Public Schools cut $397,209 (£248,561) off its utility bills between July 2008 and June 2009 by working in partnership with the ...

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