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July 1, 2010
Greener Commercial A/C Units Becoming a Cool Item

A new federal tax credit is helping McQuay International expand its line of energy-efficient HVAC products at two of its plants and bring back furloughed workers.

June 28, 2010
Coal Creek Fire and Rescue's fire station in New Richmond, Ind. where a new furnace and air conditioner will save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of New Richmond
Saving Energy and Money at 24/7 Fire Stations

Given constant use and the importance of fire stations to surrounding communities, the Indiana Office of Energy Development awarded funds from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to improve energy efficiency at some local fire stations.

June 25, 2010
Financing Residential Retrofits

Rancho Cucamonga invests in encouraging more energy efficient homes.

June 24, 2010
Ajani Stewart was close to losing his job as environmental coordinator for the city of Miami before a change to the city's EECBG allowed Stewart to retain his position. | Photo courtesy Ajani Stewart
Keeping Sustainability on Track in Miami

Ajani Stewart loves his job. As Environmental Coordinator for the Office of Sustainable Initiatives in Miami, Stewart manages projects funded by a $4.7 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), as well as the city's green initiatives and recycling programs.

June 21, 2010
This hangar at Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississippi received an energy-efficiency makeover that included major lighting retrofits and water conservation measures. | Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy
Navy Lowering Upfront Costs to Save Energy

A project started last year at a U.S. Navy base in Meridian, Miss., that will save thousands in taxpayer dollars has been successfully completed.

June 18, 2010
Energetx Composites was able to purchase equipment such as this mold for utility-scale wind turbine blades thanks to a Recovery Act grant that matched the company’s $3.5 million investment. | Photo Courtesy of Energetx |
VP 100: Retooling Michigan -- Yachts and Watts

Tiara Yachts makes fiber composite structures for boats. Now the Holland, Mich.-based company is transforming part of its factory and using its 30 years of expertise in composites to establish a new company - Energetx Composites - that will produce commercial-sized wind turbine blades.

June 11, 2010
Crockett has seen Chattanooga change dramatically in the last 30 years. The Office of Sustainability will build on the city's environmental success. | Photo Courtesy of Flickr user mjasonprickett
David Crockett, Chattanooga’s Green Frontiersman

David Crockett is no stranger to Chattanooga, Tennessee. A three-term city councilman, former chairman of the council and President of the Chattanooga Institute for Sustainability, he knows his way around the city government.

June 11, 2010
DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE) opened a new biorefinery in Vonore, Tenn., last year. | Photo courtesy of DDCE
Making Biofuel From Corncobs and Switchgrass in Rural America

Energy crops and agricultural residue, like corncobs and stover, are becoming part of rural America’s energy future. Unlike the more common biofuel derived from corn, these are non-food/feed based cellulosic feedstocks, and the energy content of the biomass makes it ideal for converting to sustainable fuel.

June 11, 2010
Weatherization auditors and crews assist in making a Vermont home more energy-efficient in New England winters. | Photo Courtesy of Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) Agency |
Regional Vermont Agency Provides Work in Tight-Knit Communities

Morgan McKane is a full-time weatherization auditor at the Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) agency. He shares his experience working to help low-income residents increase their energy efficiency and quality of living.