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Investors seek green companies

Investors view the environment as a major long-term investing opportunity, said a survey of investors released by Allianz Global Investors. Of the 1,003 investors surveyed, nearly half (49 percent) said that during the next 12 months they were likely to invest in a company or mutual fund looking to provide solutions for environmental problems; 17… Continue Reading Investors seek green companies

More grants from Governor’s Energy Office

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The Governor’s Energy Office has selected 12 matching grant award recipients for the 2008 Colorado Energy Star New Homes program. Colorado Springs Utilities, representing the City of Colorado Springs, was one of the winners. The program encourages city and county officials to work with residential builders to help them earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s… Continue Reading More grants from Governor’s Energy Office

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The Governor’s Energy Office has awarded $350,000 in grants to eight organizations for “New Energy Economic Development,” or NEED, efforts. NEED grants must be used to develop emerging technologies that could attract additional investment to Colorado’s growing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries. Tom Plant, director of the energy office, said the grant program gives organizations a… Continue Reading Governor’s office to award $650,000 in energy grants

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Government Fleet magazine has ranked the City of Colorado Springs as the top municipal BioDiesel Fleet in the nation. The city also was No. 17 in the overall Public Sector Alternative-Fueled Fleet rankings. Since 2003, more than 2,400 city vehicles or equipment have run on biodiesel. To date, Colorado Springs has used 1.58 million gallons… Continue Reading City ranks as top municipal biodiesel fleet in nation

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Greening the Military

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Kent Butts will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado College entitled Environment and Security: Greening the Military. Butts, director of the National Security Issues Branch, Center for Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College, will discuss restructuring systems and operations in the U.S. Department of Defense to make their activities less… Continue Reading Greening the Military

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Colorado Springs to appeal Pueblo water ruling

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In this month’s Reed Construction Data report about the Rocky Mountain region, comes news that Colorado Springs Utilities is ready to appeal a November water line ruling of Pueblo District Court Judge Dennis Maes to the Colorado Court of Appeals. CSU plans to build a $1 billion pipeline to carry water from Pueblo Reservoir up… Continue Reading Colorado Springs to appeal Pueblo water ruling

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Whole Foods to nix plastic grocery bags

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Whole Foods Market is getting rid of disposable plastic bags at checkout stands across all its 270 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The goal is to be plastic-bag free by Earth Day, on April 22. The natural foods grocer is also declaring today “Bring Your Own Bag Day.” The chain… Continue Reading Whole Foods to nix plastic grocery bags

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Raytheon sells oil-extracting technology

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The Associated Press Defense contractor Raytheon Co. is selling technology to a large oilfield services firm that hopes microwaves will someday become a key tool in unlocking the vast but hard-to-extract oil reserves in the West’s underground shale deposits. Much as a microwave oven heats food, Raytheon’s technology relies on microwaves to generate underground heat… Continue Reading Raytheon sells oil-extracting technology

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State’s 50th biofuel station opens in Springs

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Colorado Springs is the site of the state’s celebration of a biofuels milestone: the 50th station opened in the state. The station is at Western Convenience, 2775 Briargate Blvd. The opening also means that Colorado has met the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal to quadruple its number of biofuel stations. Southern Colorado has more than… Continue Reading State’s 50th biofuel station opens in Springs

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The American Solar Energy Society estimates that as many as one out of four jobs – close to 40 million jobs in the United States – could be tied to renewable energy or energy efficiency industries by 2030. The organization’s “green collar jobs” report shows that these industries already generate 8.5 million jobs in the… Continue Reading Green collar jobs on the rise

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