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September 15, 2010
Most Catalyst Management Group employees had no previous experience with weatherization. | Photo by CMG
Minority-Owned Business Creating Career Opportunities

Leon Brown, an engineer by trade, started his career as a manufacturing engineer in the automobile industry in Detroit. After earning his master in business administration, and with the decline of jobs in the automobile industry, he decided to take a part-time contracting business and go fulltime toward a new industry he felt had great potential in the metro Detroit area: weatherization.

Brown now owns and operates Catalyst Management Group, a small, all-minority firm based in Pontiac, Mich.

September 14, 2010
Particle Physics and America's Future

With Fermilab's Tevatron and the Large Hadron Collider, we have the possibility for discoveries such as extra dimensions and supersymmetry that could fundamentally change our perspective on the universe.

September 14, 2010
A $5 Million Boost for Midsize Wind Turbines and Grid Connectivity

With better forecasting, utilities can more reliably connect variable power sources such as wind energy with electricity grids, and can decrease their need for back-up energy sources such as natural gas and hydropower.

September 13, 2010
A123 Systems' President David Vieau speaks with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm at the opening of their Livonia, MI plant. The plant will develop and manufacture advanced batteries systems for electric vehicles. | Department of Energy Photo |
Revitalizing American Manufacturing

Energy Secretary Steven Chu shares his thoughts on revamping U.S. manufacturing following a recent visit to A123 Systems, an advanced vehicle batteries manufacturer in Livonia, Michigan.

September 10, 2010
North Lauderdale Gets 'Smart' on Cars

The Parks and Recreation Department of North Lauderdale, Fla., is saving money and reducing its carbon footprint, thanks to the recent addition of two energy efficient “Smart Cars” to the city’s fleet.

September 9, 2010
Arkansas Students Get Their Hands Dirty in Solar Panel Project

Wallie Shaw remembers where he got the idea to do a hands-on solar panel project for his Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students, a school-to-work transition program focused on helping at-risk youth graduate from high school.

September 8, 2010
Missouri School District Charges Up

Missouri's Lee's Summit R-7 school district's distribution fleet was tired. Many of the vehicles had racked up more than 300,000 miles and made frequent trips to the shop to repair the 20 plus-year-old parts.

August 16, 2010
800,000 Jobs by 2012

President Barack Obama visited ZBB Energy Corporation in Wisconsin and declared that our commitment to clean energy is expected to lead to more than 800,000 jobs by 2012.

August 16, 2010
An array of solar collectors | Photo courtesy of Trane
Knox County Detention Facility Goes Solar for Heating Water

Hot water demand soars at the six-building Knox County Detention Facility in Tennessee. It's open 24/7 with 1,036 inmate beds and 4,500 meals served daily—and don't forget the laundry.