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Waste as a Boon for Economic Development

October 15th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Waste as a Boon for Economic Development

Elected Officials and Environmental Leaders are invited to a presentation by Neil Seldman, leader of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, Washington DC, on October 22nd from 10am to noon at the DeWitt Town Hall (5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse) in the Courtroom. The Town of DeWitt Sustainability Committee, DeWitt Advisory Conservation Commission, the CNY [...]

The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

October 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

As humans continue to transform the planet at an increasingly rapid rate, the need to inform and encourage change has become ever more urgent. The situation is becoming critical for wild species and for the preservation of human civilization. Recognizing this urgency, the Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and [...]

GUSA Green Bag Lunch event 10/10/14

October 2nd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

GUSA Green Bag Lunch event 10/10/14

GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) Center for Sustainable Community Solutions will hold their Introduction of Sustainability Education forum on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, 12-1:30 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE, Room 203, 727 East Washington St., downtown Syracuse. This Green Bag Lunch session will introduce various pre-k through high school sustainability education programs taking place [...]

New York’s Bold New Plan To Expand Solar Energy

September 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

New York's Bold New Plan To Expand Solar Energy

Photo credit: Shutterstock New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported a ramp-up in his state’s solar capacity Friday, an announcement that rounded out a big week for the state’s environmental initiatives. The governor announced new NY-Sun awards for large solar electric projects that will increase the solar capacity in New York State by 68 percent, or [...]

Governor Cuomo Announces $94 Million Awarded for Solar Projects Across the State

September 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Governor Cuomo Announces $94 Million Awarded for Solar Projects Across the State

142 Solar Projects at Businesses and Schools Will Increase New York’s Solar Capacity by 68 Percent September 26, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced NY-Sun awards for large solar electric projects that will increase the solar capacity in New York State by more than 214 megawatts, a 68 percent increase over the amount of [...]

Plug Power expects to boost revenue with new financing package deal

September 29th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Plug Power expects to boost revenue with new financing package deal

Plug Power has reached an agreement with M&T Bank to offer financing packages for the first time to customers looking to purchase fuel cells, refueling stations and service agreements. Plug manufactures hydrogen fuel cells that are used by manufacturers and retailers to power forklifts in large warehouses and distribution centers. Partnering with M&T is part Plug [...]

Governor Cuomo Announces New SolarCity GigaFactory Complex at RiverBend

September 29th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Governor Cuomo Announces New SolarCity GigaFactory Complex at RiverBend

Will create nearly 5,000 jobs upstate, with over 3,000 in Buffalo Governor breaks ground on largest solar manufacturing facility in Western Hemisphere Albany, NY (September 23, 2014) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new, one million-square-foot site for the future SolarCity GigaFactory facility, which will manufacture solar panels at the RiverBend site in South [...]

Worst Case Carbon Dioxide Emissions Increases Continue — 40 Gt in 2013

September 29th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Worst Case Carbon Dioxide Emissions Increases Continue — 40 Gt in 2013

A new report from the Global Carbon Project shows the world’s machines are belching more carbon dioxide than ever before. The report, which measures global CO2 emissions, found that gases from all sources jumped by more than 750 million tons during 2013 — a 2.3 percent increase in the dangerous hothouse gas over already extreme [...]

Central New York Solar Summit October 14, 2014 Agenda and Registration Information now Available!

September 16th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, FEATURED ACTIONS, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Central New York Solar Summit October 14, 2014 Agenda and Registration Information now Available!

Did you know that New York has more sunlight than Germany, the world’s solar energy leader?  Or that the price of solar energy has dropped by 50% in the last three years?  These are just a few of the factors behind the dramatic growth of solar energy in New York and the United States.  On [...]

Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass

September 15th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass

Water flows through the Winooski One hydro-electric plant in Winooski, VT. The Burlington Electric Department’s recent purchase of the facility, located in the Winooski River between Burlington and the city of Winooski, enabled it to reach 100 percent renewable power. CREDIT: AP/WILSON RING Burlington, Vermont recently purchased the 7.4 megawatt Winooski One hydroelectric project, which [...]

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