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Is your city ready for electric cars?

October 21st, 2010

EV leader cities are shown in green; "fast followers" are designated with orange; "aggressive followers" with yellow, and followers are labeled red (Image: Electric Vehicles in America report.)

Do you want to find out if your city is getting ready for the wave of electric vehicles? Policy and environmental analysts want to know too. The Rocky Mountain Institute in partnership with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants took the lay of the landscape in America’s top 50 largest metro areas this past year, producing a report “Electric Vehicles in America.”

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Empire State Building lauded for energy-saving retrofit

March 1st, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Retrofitting doesn’t always get the attention that new green building generates, with its “net zero” and passive solar designs.

Empire State Building (Photo: Empire State Building Co.)

Empire State Building (Photo: Empire State Building Co.)

But the impact of retrofitting can be great, and it comes with the bonus of preserving historic and treasured structures — like the Empire State Building.

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Ford will roll out dealer sustainability program

February 16th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Ford Motor Company says it will launch a ‘Go Green’ dealership sustainability program. The automaker will collaborate with dealers to implement cost-effective ways to improve the energy-efficiency of their facilities, resulting in a long-term reduction in individual dealership’s carbon footprint as well as overall operating costs.

(Photo: Ford Motor Company)

Ford's "Go Green" program for dealers will be voluntary. (Photo: Ford Motor Company)

The ‘Go Green’ dealership sustainability program, which is voluntary for dealers, was announced at this week’s 2010 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in Orlando.

“In keeping with Ford’s commitment to the environment, this program is a great fit for our dealers because it provides a variety of energy-efficient improvement options regardless of the current age and design of the facility,” Sue Cischke, Ford’s group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, said in a statement. “This allows all dealers the opportunity to participate in improving the energy efficiency of their facility and gives them flexibility in making choices that are right for them and their dealership.”

The program resulted from Ford’s partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute, a non-profit organization that provides energy-efficiency solutions to businesses, communities and organizations around the world.

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Empire State Building will be retrofitted into a green giant

April 7th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

The Empire State Building is getting a $500 million energy efficiency retrofit that is expected to reduce the iconic skyscraper’s energy consumption by up to 38 percent.

The project, already underway, is intended to become a model for analyzing and retrofitting existing structures for environmental sustainability. The makeover is a collaboration among a group of world-class environmental consulting, non-profit, design and construction partners, including Clinton Climate Initiative, Rocky Mountain Institute, Johnson Controls Inc. and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Building systems work is slated to be completed by the end of 2010, with final completion of tenant spaces by the end of 2013. Work that is scheduled to be completed within 18 months will result in more than 50 percent of the projected energy savings.

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