Thursday, September 2, 2010

Green D.C. Headlines: September 3, 2010


Norfolk Southern to Cut Carbon Footprint 10% by 2014 (Environmental Leader)
Summary: Norfolk Southern has set a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per revenue ton-mile 10 percent by 2014, using 2009 as a baseline. The freight rail transportation company expects to reduce its carbon footprint through fuel-savings technology and improvements in operating efficiencies.

Judge quashes Cuccinelli subpoena of U-Va. records (Washington Post)
Summary: An Albemarle County Circuit Court judge has set aside a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to the University of Virginia seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist and former university professor Michael Mann.

Real-time next train arrival information now available by phone (Metro)
Summary: Metrorail customers can now get real-time next train arrival information by phone, in addition to online and via web-enabled mobile devices.

I-66 Spot Improvement Now Under Construction (CommuterPlageBlog)
Summary: A "spot improvement" on westbound I-66 between the George Mason Drive and Sycamore Street is underway. These projects which are essentially short-distance widenings, have been the subject of great debate for more than a decade. VDOT has long wanted to widen I-66 to three lanes in each direction; Arlington, smart growth and environmental groups have been strongly opposed.

The First of Capital Bikeshare Stations Installed! (CommuterPageBlog)
Summary: The first of 114 stations has been installed in Crystal City.

Global Greening Effort (DowntownDC.org)
Summary: The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue) will be one of at least two federal sites where the US government will test a new pilot program designed to help businesses, governments and other organizations reduce energy use in their buildings.

Nike WVU Football Uniform Ad Enrages Activists For Appearing To Endorse Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining (Huffington Post)
Summary: Activists trying to stop mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia are furious over a Nike Inc. promotional ad for a new West Virginia football uniform designed in tribute to the 29 victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion.

The Smart-Growth Set (Washington City Paper)
Summary: Most fights among D.C. residents somehow involve parking. So you could argue that David Alpert’s introduction to local political warfare was only typical.

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