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EPA building competition will look for biggest energy waste loser

April 27th, 2010

The Sheraton Austin Hotel will compete on the EPA energy contest.

The Sheraton Austin Hotel will compete in the EPA energy contest.


Move over, Project Runway and The Biggest Loser. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will sponsor the first national energy efficiency contest of its kind among a field of 14 commercial buildings from across the country.  The building that sheds the most energy waste on a percentage basis will be declared the winner at EPA’s final weigh-in on Oct. 26, 2010.

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Green College Innovators 2009: Emory University

September 17th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Emory University is home to more than 12,000 undergrad and graduate students and is deeply invested in the green revolution. They are preserving green space, engaging freshmen, raising dining awareness and promoting personal responsibility. The Atlanta school, known for having President Jimmy Carter among the faculty, covers more than 600 acres — more than half of which protected from development by the university’s sustainability plan.

Emory University held their first green new student orientation last month. In addition to handing out reusable totes, which is becoming a trend at colleges, Emory gave out energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs that students can use in desk lamps in their residence halls.

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My Green Job: Michael Caruso, co-owner Amerisweep

April 29th, 2009

Michael Caruso, co-owner of Amerisweep, LLC, metro Atlanta area

What I do:

Our company specializes in cleaning parking decks and surface lots using a pressure washing system that reclaims and reuses about 95 percent of the water. The ride-on pressure washer isn’t hooked up to a water source.

How it helps:

A typical pressure washer will use 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water during a four-hour job and all that water will pour down the drains of the parking decks with dirt and oil.
The Cyclone System we use captures all of these pollutants, keeps them from going down the drains and saves a tremendous amount of precious water in the whole process. Cleaning one parking deck might take 40 hours, so, when you do the math, our company is using about 2,400 gallons while other companies might have to use as much as 40,000 gallons.

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Green Apple Festivals will kick off Earth Day in major U.S. cities

April 13th, 2009

By Sommer Saadi
Green Right Now

Do not underestimate the excitement of Earth Day. Trust us. There is a lot to look forward to this year – the Green Apple Festival and Earth Day Network are making sure of it.

The two organizations have teamed up to put together the largest Earth Day festival in America. The event will take place April 17 to 19 (the weekend before the official Earth Day on April 22) and features simultaneous service events in ten major cities across the nation including New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

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US cities ranked on wasteful ways

April 1st, 2009

By Harriet Blake

Learning not to waste – whether it’s food, electricity or water – is not only good in these economic times, but even more important, it’s beneficial for the environment.

The Nalgene Least Wasteful City Study, released this week, ranks the country’s 25 largest metropolitan areas on wasteful behavior. San Francisco led the group with the least wasteful habits, while Atlanta ranked at the bottom.

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Artists announced for Green Apple Festival ‘Thank You Concerts’

March 25th, 2009

Photo: Green Apple Network From Green Right Now Reports Green Apple Festival and Earth Day Network have released the 2009 line up for the free “Green Apple Thank You Concerts” for volunteers in major cities across the country over Earth Day Weekend (April 17 through 19). Performers at the flagship event “Earth Day on the [...]

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Roll up your shirt sleeves on Earth Day

March 12th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Next month we celebrate Earth Day, the calendar hub of environmental action in the United States and around the globe.

The event, launched back in 1970, has enjoyed enduring life, inspiring countless mid-April tree plantings and “trash offs” No doubt many adults today remember canvassing a ditch for soda cans and paper litter sometime during their childhood.

Lately, Earth Day has been enjoying a resurgence as green aspirations break out in corporate offices, Jaycee meetings and kindergarten classrooms across the land.

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