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Walmart Announces New Commitments To Increase Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Walmart has released a new set of commitments aimed at increasing energy efficiency and achieving its goal of being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy by 2020.

United Airlines Announces Fuel-Savings Goal for 2013

United Airlines is commemorating Earth Month by announcing its commitment to save 85 million gallons of fuel this year under the umbrella of its Eco-Skies program. This would lead to a reduction of 828,750 metric tons of CO2 and a savings of $275 million at current fuel prices.

Samsung, LG Among First To Make EPEAT Green TV Registry

Samsung and LG now have dozens of television models rated on the Electronic Product Environmental Tool (EPEAT) global registry for greener electronics, which recently expanded to include televisions.EPEAT claims this is the first time a comprehensive standard has been available for consumers, companies and governments to identify eco-friendly televisions, including HDTVs and Smart TVs.

Facebook Gets Green Light To Build Eco-Friendly Campus Extension

Facebook last week received permission from the Menlo Park City Council to break ground on its second campus, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and featuring a tree-covered rooftop garden.

Bombay Sapphire Turns Derelict Mill into Sustainable Distillery

The Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Hampshire, England has become the first to achieve an “Outstanding” design-stage Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) accreditation, according to a recent announcement.

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Apple Says Worldwide Facilities Now 75% Powered by Renewables

Apple now uses 100% renewable energy sources to power its data centers, taking it to 75% renewables across its worldwide corporate facilities, according to its latest Environmental Progress report. The company says its data centers are powered by a combination of solar, wind, hydro and geothermal.

Mosaic: Making Solar Power Accessible for and by the People

To prepare for this year's Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) competition, we're catching up with some of our favorite entrepreneurial ventures from competitions past ...

Boston Businesses Reduce Electricity Use by 7%

Boston firms participating in the Challenge for Sustainability have lowered their collective electricity consumption by seven percent in three years, the program says.

Automakers Developing CO2-Based Refrigerant for More Climate-Friendly Air-Conditioning

As part of its goal of becoming the world’s most environmentally sustainable carmaker by 2018, Volkswagen announced Friday that it will join Daimler and BMW in developing CO2 technology as a more climate-friendly refrigerant for its automotive air-conditioning systems.CO2 as a refrigerant — also known as R744 — is a naturally occurring gas with lower greenhouse gas effects than conventional refrigerants, and is ideal for use in specially designed automotive air-conditioning systems. The German automaker says the technology will be rolled out progressively over its entire vehicle fleet.

Walgreens To Build First Net-Zero Energy Retail Store

Walgreens says it will build the country’s first net-zero energy retail store, producing energy equal to or greater than it consumes.The project is the latest of several sustainability initiatives for the company, including two stores that have achieved LEED gold certification, 150 stores utilizing solar power and 400 locations with electric vehicle charging stations.

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FedEx Delivers on Fleet Fuel Efficiency Goal Years Ahead of Schedule

FedEx has trimmed its fleet’s cumulative fuel economy by more than 22 percent, exceeding its goal of a 20 percent reduction by 2020 seven years early.

LEDs Help Rooms To Go Reduce Store Energy Use Up to 45%

Rooms To Go has converted 115 of its retail stores to LED lighting, reducing average energy use by 35 to 45 percent in each store, the furniture company recently announced.

AT&T, Carbon War Room Say ‘Internet of Things' Can Cut Emissions by 19%

Global greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 9.1 billion metric tons by 2020, or 18.6 percent of all emissions in 2011, through the widespread adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, according to a recent report by AT&T and the Carbon War Room.

M&S To Initiate First Wide-Scale Green Lease Policy in the UK

Marks & Spencer will soon require all of its new retail stores to have green clauses in new leases to facilitate the sharing of waste information and utilities data in a collaborative effort to reduce carbon emissions.

SolarCity To Help Honda Customers Adopt Solar

SolarCity has partnered with Honda to establish a $65 million investment fund to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S.

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Macy's, Sprint Join Presidential Challenge To Increase Building Energy Efficiency

Macy’s, Sprint and Johnson Controls will upgrade more than 200 million square feet of building space to cut energy use by at least 20 percent by 2020, as part of the Obama Administration’s Better Building Challenge.

Google, Verizon, 3M Join DOE’s Workplace EV Charging Initiative

Outgoing U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 13 major U.S. employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which aims to increase workplace charging by tenfold over the next five years.

Facebook, Cleantech Group Launch Contest To Accelerate Environmental Solutions

Facebook and the Cleantech Group have asked contestants to submit concept pitches for products, applications or services that utilize the social network’s billion-person user base to reduce environmental impact and engage in conversation over sustainability challenges.

Solar Power Plays Big at New 49ers Stadium

The new football stadium for the San Francisco 49ers will produce enough solar power to offset the energy demands created from home games, the team announced last week.

Cleantech

The cleantech sector — including, but not limited to, alternative energy generation — is growing by the minute and holds the answers to many sustainability questions. This channel highlights the diverse set of cleantech applications and the latest breakthroughs tackling problems around energy, water, waste, transportation, ecosystem monitoring, population dynamics, social tensions and behavior change worldwide.

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