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Energy Efficiency  -  November 2, 2018

BNSF Railway reports efficiency progress

BNSF Railway announced its total energy use has been reduced by 5.3% since 2014, with major reductions coming from locomotive diesel consumption. While GHG intensity posted a slight uptick of 0.5% from 2016 to 2017 – attributed to a change in business mix and consumer trends - the company achieved an overall decrease of approximately 3.5% over the past decade.
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November 2, 2018

Sustainable investing assets hit $12 trillion

Sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) assets now account for $12.0 trillion—or one in four dollars—of the $46.6 trillion in total assets under professional management in the U.S. This represents a 38% increase over 2016.
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November 1, 2018

More cities named to Climate Challenge

A new round of cities has been added to ten previously announced winners of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. The additions are Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.
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Energy Efficiency  -  November 1, 2018

World Trade Center upgrades lighting

The World Trade Center (WTC) will upgrade more than 13,000 lighting fixtures through a $7.9 million energy savings contract with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. These improvements are expected to conserve roughly 6.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity
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October 31, 2018

Google and Xcel Energy launch new energy solution

Google and Xcel Energy are collaborating to launch of a new tool featuring a set of voice actions for Google Assistant that allows customers to access information about improving energy efficiency in their homes.
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October 31, 2018

Dayton Children’s Hospital earns energy efficiency rebates

Dayton Children’s Hospital earned $283,393 in rebates through energy-saving measures. The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation has recognized Dayton Children’s for earning these rebates as part of a broader corporate energy efficiency project
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GHG Emissions  -  October 30, 2018

Smithfield Foods expands biogas projects

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced it will implement “manure-to-energy” projects across 90% of the company’s hog finishing spaces in North Carolina and Utah, and nearly all similar facilities in Missouri, over the next 10 years.
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Energy Efficiency  -  October 30, 2018

Better Plants Program Partners save $5.3B in energy costs

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program partners have posted savings of more than $5.3 billion in cumulative energy costs, which represents approximately 12% of the U.S manufacturing energy footprint.
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Wind  -  October 29, 2018

Cinemark signs nine-year wind VPPA

Cinemark USA, Inc. announced on October 29 it has signed a nine-year VPPA with AEP Energy Partners for up to 40 megawatts of renewable energy from AEP’s Trent Mesa wind energy center in Nolan County, Texas.
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GHG Emissions  -  October 29, 2018

GM proposes national EV policy

General Motors proposes the establishment of a new National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program that has the potential to place more than 7 million long-range EVs on the road by 2030—25% of all new cars— for a cumulative incremental reduction of 375 tons of CO2 emissions
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