Monday, September 27, 2010

Green D.C. News Roundup: The Greening of Chicago

Chicago takes the LEED in eco building
Summary: Chicago has the highest number of LEED-certified buildings in the United States, the highest square footage of green rooftops, and a longstanding commitment to green building.

EPA puts bay states on notice
Summary: Federal officials began a sweeping crackdown on pollution in the Chesapeake Bay on Friday - threatening to punish five mid-Atlantic states with rules that could raise sewer bills and put new conditions on construction.

Potomac River Cleaner but Wastewater Upgrades Still Required
Summary: To help improve water quality in the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, the U.S. EPA has reissued an operating permit for the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility that requires a steep cut in nitrogen discharges.

GEORGE bus service ends
Summary: The GEORGE bus,once operated by the City of Falls Church, made its last run on Friday.

Hagerstown, MD, USA: Staples and SunEdison Unveils 1.5 MW PV System
Summary: Staples and SunEdison today unveiled a 1.5 megawatt solar power installation at the Staples distribution center in Hagerstown, Md. Combined with the recent solar installation at the Staples fulfillment center in Hanover, Md., Staples is now hosting more than 2.5MW of solar capacity in the state of Maryland alone.

Metro showcases new vehicles, bus body and paint shop funded by federal Recovery Act dollars
Summary: Metro officially unveiled new Metrobuses and MetroAccess vehicles today, September 13, and offered a sneak preview of early construction on a new bus body and paint shop funded by federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars.

Federal Agencies Outline Plans to Cut GHG Emissions
Summary: The White House released federal agencies’ sustainability plans, providing the first detailed glimpse of how the government plans to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years, the New York Times reports.

Transportation officials mull massive new toll system
Summary: Area transportation officials are developing a plan to combat the Washington region's mounting traffic congestion and funding shortfalls with a mammoth new system of toll roads spreading across almost every major local roadway.

D.C., Arlington team up to launch Capital Bikeshare
Summary: The District Department of Transportation and Arlington County have teamed up to launch a new bike-sharing system, the largest in the country.

Get Ready: Capital Bikeshare will change everything
Summary: DC and Arlington deserve a lot of credit for having the vision to bring modern bike-sharing to DC, and as a result, things will never be the same again.

Judge Dismisses Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's Misguided Investigation of Michael Mann
Summary: he Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) called today’s decisions by a Virginia judge to dismiss Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for documents related to research by climate scientist Michael Mann a “victory for scientific discovery.”

Most aspects of e-waste not regulated in U.S., Va.
Summary: Virginians are creating piles of potentially dangerous waste. The problem is old electronics, or e-waste -- computers, cellphones and other gadgets that people toss because they've found something newer and shinier.

Leesburg axes Southwest Connector Trail, moves forward with Downtown Improvements
Summary: At their Sept. 14 meeting, Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd and the Town Council voted to delete the planned Southwest Connector Trial from the town’s Capital Improvements Program and also to move forward with Phase I of the Downtown Improvements Project.

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