Global revenues for solar photovoltaic products, wind power, biofuels, and fuel cells rose from $55 billion in 2006 to $77 billion in 2007. The biofuels industry produced 13 billion gallons of ethanol and 2 billion gallons of biodiesel; solar photovoltaic system installations fell just short of 3,000 MW. Visit www.cleanedge.com.
Major League Baseball goes green
The new, $611 million home of the Washington Nationals has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Situated on a former brownfield, the 41,000-seat ballpark features a 6,300-square-foot green roof and recycling center.
Desalination database debuts
The American Water Works Association, the California Energy Commission, and environmental consulting firm MWH invite PUBLIC WORKS readers to share their innovations with other experts by uploading project particulars to www.desalinationresearch.net.
Federal leader recognized
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson is the first recipient of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association's Environmental Stewardship Award, launched this year in honor of the association's 100th anniversary.
Attention, renewable-energy developers
As part of New York City's goal to shrink greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030, the Department of Administrative Services is seeking partners to buy, install, own, and maintain solar panels on 11 city-owned buildings in all five boroughs. The effort to double the city's solar electric capacity to 2 MW is made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy, which designated New York a “Solar America” city last year. Visit www.solaramericacities.org.
Japan bites into recycling
Collection boxes for used false teeth have been set up at nine locations across the city of Fukuoka as part of a charity effort. No, the teeth won't be worn by new owners; instead, they're mined for gold, silver, and platinum, which yield up to 3,000 yen ($30 U.S.) per set.
Airport takes wind out of energy costs
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Mass-port) is installing 20 6-foot-diameter wind turbines on the roof of Boston Logan International Airport's Office Center. The demonstration project is expected to provide 100,000 kWh—or about 2%—of the building's monthly energy use.