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December 28, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Jackson to leave EPA; debate over successor begins
    Lisa Jackson has announced her intention to resign as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe is among possible successors, along with EPA air-pollution regulator Gina McCarthy, California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols and Kathleen McGinty, who formerly led the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/27), National Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Historic building in Minneapolis earns LEED Gold certification
    The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded the renovated Ford Center tower in Minneapolis with LEED Gold status, making it one of the few historic buildings to earn the certification. "Achieving LEED Gold certification was always one of our goals with the renovation of Ford Center, so we're very pleased to have achieved gold certification on this historic building," said Bill Katter of United Properties, which owns the building. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Automakers face lawsuits over MPG claims
    Ford is fighting a lawsuit brought by C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid owners after a Consumer Reports investigation found a discrepancy between the vehicles' advertised and real-world gas mileage. The brouhaha comes a month after Hyundai and Kia were similarly forced to downgrade their fuel-economy claims. AOL Autos (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Developers race to complete projects before possible PTC expiry
    Wind power developers are racing to complete their projects before the wind-energy Production Tax Credit lapses on Dec. 31, unless Congress acts soon. Since the PTC began, Congress has allowed it to expire three times, slashing new installations from 73% to 93% each time, according to the American Wind Energy Association. A one-year extension being pushed by some lawmakers would not be enough because developers need more time to plan for wind projects, said Elizabeth Salerno, AWEA's director of data and analysis and chief economist. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • PTC needs at least 3-year extension to work, union leader says
    The wind-energy Production Tax Credit needs a multiyear extension to maintain the gains made by the wind power sector and stave off job losses in the industry, according to Donn Pendergrass, president of the 1191 Amalgamated Local Steel Workers union and an employee at ATI Casting Service in La Porte, Ind. The PTC needs at least a three-year extension to make sense for manufacturers, Pendergrass said. "By the time you get your orders in and get those orders fulfilled you need more than one year. You need three to get up and running for orders, for designing new blades," he said. The La Porte County Herald Argus (La Porte, Ind.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
[T]he best way to predict the future is to create it."
--John Elkington, executive chair of Volans, writing in The Guardian
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