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America's oldest continuously operating maritime institute, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, has just completed the largest installation of solar-powered outdoor lighting in New England. SolarOne Solutions of Framingham, MA, with Hadco Lighting of Littlestown, PA, provided the 62 technologically-advanced, solar-powered LED lighting post systems for the academy's campus. The lights illuminate the northwest campus areas around the dormitories and dining hall.
Sofame Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial-industrial heat recovery equipment, has signed a representation agreement which grants Superior Boiler Works & Welding Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario (www.sbww.com) exclusive rights to market and sell Sofame products in Ontario from Kingston to the west including the greater Toronto area.
Canada’s commercial building sector can contribute up to nearly 10 per cent of total Canadian greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in 2050 if a proposed policy pathway recommended by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is adopted.
Five leading U.S. corporations joined with Ceres recently to announce the launch of a new business coalition calling for strong U.S. climate and energy legislation in early 2009 to spur the clean energy economy and reduce global warming pollution. The group’s key principles include stimulating renewable energy, promoting energy efficiency and green jobs, requiring 100 per cent auction of carbon allowances, and limiting new coal-fired power plants to those that capture and store carbon emissions.
The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition recently announced the winners of the 3rd GeoExchange Excellence and Leadership awards. In total, more than 20 applications were submitted and pre-selected though a number of technical criteria including: •    innovation, originality and complexity of the work in relation to the building use; •    technical difficulties encountered / solved in the project; demonstrated energy savings; •    to what extent the project influences building design in Canada and a more extensive use of geothermal energy; •    whether the project forms part of a global energy efficiency plan; and •    comfort for occupants and users.
Southbrook Vineyards announced on December 16th it has been granted LEED Gold certification for its new hospitality pavilion in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Southbrook Vineyards’ certification was granted on November 7, 2008 by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).  “We recognize our neighbours, Stratus Vineyards, for ‘LEEDing’ the way, and raising our awareness of these standards and certification. But this is one ‘club’ that we don’t want to be exclusive,” said Bill Redelmeier, co-owner of Southbrook. “We are proud to show this leadership and hope that, soon, more people will recognize this as the only way to build.”
Workers in Canada's growing solar-energy sector will receive additional skills support from the Government of Canada, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, announced on December 8.
According to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), now is no time to shirk the province's commitment to managing climate change goals. And the reductions met by the province must be understood as permanent or transitory (based on economic conditions).
Overcoming regulatory barriers for your clean energy project. Many of the world’s best brains are focused on reducing fossil fuel use to mitigate climate change. Strangely, little attention is paid to the source of the greatest inefficiency — the generation of heat and power, which accounts for 69 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. Capturing and recycling the currently wasted energy could displace nearly 30 per cent of U.S. fossil-fueled generation, slash U.S. CO2 by 20 per cent, and save $150 to $250 billion per year.    
Autodesk, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced the results of the 2008 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures how AIA members are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions about the green building movement. This year’s index shows an increase in the implementation of sustainable design practices from architects and building owners. In addition, it shows that architects’ clients have experienced a doubling in the market demand for green buildings over the past year as well as positive shifts in architects’ attitudes toward their ability to impact climate change.
Metropolitan Towers at 930 Seymour in Vancouver is the first multi-unit residential building to receive the BOMA BESt Level I certification in the Lower Mainland by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada.
The Canadian Bioenergy Association's (CANBIO’s) Annual Conference and Trade Show, which wrapped up in Ottawa recently, testified to rapid industry momentum in 2008.
Nexterra Energy Corp. announced on November 19th that its technology has been selected by Kruger Products Ltd. to supply a biomass gasification system for its tissue mill in New Westminster, B.C. The new system will be the first of its kind in the pulp and paper industry, and is another indication of how Canadian-developed clean technology has an important role to play in improving energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in a changing marketplace.
Delegates at ENEX08 suggest manufacturers have a long way to go to become efficiency champions Energy efficiency is a term that is thrown around so much these days, one would think that every business was fully engaged in making it a reality in their facilities. But judging from statements by some attendees at Energy Excellence 2008 (ENEX08), and the presentations of a number of consultants at the same conference, there is a lot more talk than action on the issue.
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has become a business necessity for Canadian companies of all sizes. The success of Canadian organizations whose business decisions and operations affect, and are affected by climate change will depend on their proactive efforts in improving their carbon performance and achieving carbon neutrality. For this reason, the Canadian Standards Association has launched the GHG CleanStart Registry – to help businesses of all sizes with the process of improving their carbon performance and working towards carbon neutrality.

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