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May 28, 2013
Working with Republic Services, the city of Boise and Valley Regional Transit, Treasure Valley Clean Cities built four compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations that allowed all three organizations to transition to CNG vehicles. | Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Transit.
Boise Buses Running Strong with Clean Cities

A local Clean Cities coalition helped Idaho's Valley Regional Transit switch to compressed natural gas buses, allowing the transit authority to maintain its service while reducing harmful emissions.

May 23, 2013
Dr. Eric Shrader, the principal investigator of PARC’s battery co-extrusion project, talks about battery innovation and the company's project with ARPA-E. | Photo courtesy of PARC.
ARPA-E Awardee PARC Aims to Change the Way We Think About Batteries

Learn how PARC, with help from ARPA-E funding, is working to manufacture batteries more efficiently.

May 15, 2013
Mississippi's Community Counseling Services converted 29 vans to run on propane, saving more than $1.50 per gallon on fuel or more than $60,000 a year. | Photo courtesy of Community Counseling Services.
Clean Cities Helps Nonprofit Cut Fuel Costs with Propane

Switching to propane vehicles is helping a Mississippi nonprofit save money and maintain key services.

May 10, 2013
Energy efficient upgrades helped Margie Garmey save money while reducing her impact on the planet. | Photo courtesy of Margie Garmey.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Benefiting Homeowners and the Environment

Learn how energy efficiency upgrades are helping a homeowner improve her home's comfort and reduce her impact on the environment.

May 10, 2013
Carbon Pollution Being Captured, Stored and Used to Produce More Domestic Oil

A breakthrough project in Texas is using carbon capture, utilization and storage technology to safely secure carbon dioxide pollution underground while providing an economic benefit and increasing our energy security.

May 8, 2013
Energy efficiency upgrades helped the Athenian Corner reduce its operating costs and improved the restaurant's bottom line. | Photo courtesy of BetterBuildings Lowell Energy Upgrade program.
Family-Owned Restaurant Serves Up Huge Energy Savings

When high energy bills and a dwindling customer base threatened the Athenian Corner's well-being, the restaurant turned to energy efficiency upgrades to help operating costs and improve its bottom line.

May 7, 2013
A retirement community in San Antonio worked with a local Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner, CPS Energy Saver, to make energy efficiency upgrades to 189 single-family cottages. | Photo courtesy of CPS Energy.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades Help Retired Military Officers Save Money

Learn how a San Antonio retirement community for military officers worked with a local energy efficiency program to improve the comfort and efficiency of its buildings.

April 12, 2013
Sandina Ponte, a member of the University of Missouri's Industrial Assessment Center, inspects equipment at a manufacturing facility during an energy audit. | Photo courtesy of University of Missouri IAC.
Industrial Assessment Centers Train Future Energy-Savvy Engineers

Learn how the Energy Department's Industrial Assessment Centers are helping develop a new generation of engineers capable of confronting the energy challenges faced by U.S. manufacturers.

April 4, 2013
Patrick Yarn Mills, located in Kings Mountain North Carolina, installed a 105-kilowatt rooftop solar system with the help of the Energy Department's State Energy Program. | Photo courtesy of the NC Energy Office.
Spinning with the Sun

Learn how a North Carolina yarn manufacturer is using solar power to reduce its energy costs.

April 3, 2013
Dr. Karl Gschneidner is holding a neodymium-iron-boron magnet produced using a new, greener process. The process that Dr. Gschneidner helped develop doesn’t produce the environmentally unfriendly byproducts that result from traditional manufacturing methods. | Photo courtesy of Ames Laboratory.
10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth -- Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

A jack-of-all-trades, Dr. Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering and physics. In this edition of 10 Questions, Dr. Gschneidner shares insights into his research of rare earth materials.