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Guess who’s building the nation’s first net-zero retail store?

March 27th, 2013

A retailer who’ve come to rely on for cough syrup, toothpaste and greeting cards has decided to push the envelope on green energy with a model net-zero store that hopes to turn a loss — of energy costs.

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Hands Across the Sands: The story in photos

June 29th, 2010

In a symbolic but moving gesture, the Hands Across the Sands oil drilling protest on Saturday brought out people from Miami to Melbourne to stand in solidarity for clean beaches, and against more offshore oil drilling.

There were events around the world, but the turnout was especially heavy in the U.S., spanning the nation from High Line Park in New York City and Nags Head in North Carolina in the East, to Puget Sound and Los Angeles and several beaches in between on the West Coast. People lined up in Anchorage and Maui.

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ComEd to install 10,000 smart meters in Elgin

June 5th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

ComEd has selected the City of Elgin to be part of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure pilot, which the utility says is largest test of smart grid technologies in the Midwest. Subject to Illinois Commerce Commission approval, the city will receive 10,000 “smart meters” as part of ComEd’s one-year pilot.

Elgin is among 10 municipalities participating in ComEd’s Community Energy Challenge, a program designed to generate creative, locally-driven approaches to help communities meet their environmental sustainability objectives.

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Places of worship get the green message

May 4th, 2009

By Harriet Blake
Green Right Now

Let there be light. Places of worship throughout the world are taking this phrase to heart.

The US Green Building Council counts 43 religious projects registered with them, pending LEED certification. The projects include five Jewish temples, 36 Christian churches, one monastery and one seminary.

Not to be outdone is the epicenter of Catholicism, Vatican City, which has worked since 2006 to become the first carbon neutral state. A rooftop garden of solar panels above the Pope’s audience hall was turned on in November 2008. The panels on the 5,000-square-foot roof produce 300 kilowatt hours of energy, creating enough electricity to heat, cool and light the entire building year-round. The Vatican also is in the process of growing a 37-acre forest in Hungary to offset its annual carbon dioxide emissions.

Here is a look at some of the major projects around the nation:

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