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January 10, 2013
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Setting the Example 
 
  • N.Y. governor unveils plan for $1B "green" bank
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiled a plan to create a $1 billion "green" bank to harness private investments for clean-technology development in the state. The bank will be funded partly by money from the state energy efficiency and renewable portfolio programs, Cuomo said. Greentech Media (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • NYC's program to spur energy upgrades gains recognition
    An overhaul of New York City zoning ordinances intended to encourage energy retrofits of existing buildings has won the city the 2013 award for Excellence in Environmental Planning from the American Planning Association. "Zone Green" removes certain hurdles to allow installation of exterior insulation, rooftop gardens and solar and wind energy devices. It also promotes permeable paving and facilities for bicycles and electric cars to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. SustainableBusiness.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Creating Accountability 
  • Europe lags behind America in carbon-cutting
    Europe sees itself as more environmentally responsible than the U.S., but its carbon reductions are lagging behind American reductions, according to a series of recent announcements. That's partly because of recent political decisions relating to power plants, says Julio Friedmann, head of carbon management at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "Europe is shutting down nuclear plants, building coal plants, and not keenly pursuing [carbon capture and storage]. So the question is, is it serious about cutting emissions?" he says. Nature (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Green fur isn't all it's cracked up to be
    The Fur Council of Canada has launched a marketing campaign claiming that "fur is green" and that fur-lined clothing is "an ecological choice in harmony with nature." That's greenwashing, writes Caroline Lennon, noting that several European regulators have banned brands from making similar claims. "The fur industry is neither green nor an ecological choice," she asserts. One Green Planet (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • How Wal-Mart helps its workers go green
    Wal-Mart runs a program -- dubbed "My Sustainability Plan" -- aimed at helping its employees make greener choices in their personal lives. That's a win-win situation for the company, its workers, and the planet, Ellen Weinreb argues. "Employees who feel valued, engaged and cared about are said to be more productive and loyal to their employer," she writes. GreenBiz.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Google puts $200M into Texas wind farm
    Google has invested $200 million in EDF Renewable Energy's Spinning Spur wind farm in Texas. "We look for projects like Spinning Spur because, in addition to creating more renewable energy and strengthening the local economy, they also make for smart investments: They offer attractive returns relative to the risks and allow us to invest in a broad range of assets," according to Google. Houston Chronicle (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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We need to redesign our power systems. The time to act is now."
--Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, as quoted in GreenTechMedia
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