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CO: Colorado High School's Sustainable Design Saves $85,000 in part due to CALMAC's Ice Storage Air Conditioning System 07/03/2008

Source: Press release, 6/17/08.

Sustainable design is being credited for saving an estimated $85,000 in electric and gas expenses for the 2007/ 2008 school year at Fossil Ridge High School (FRHS) in the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado. An integral part of the building's high performance design is CALMAC's Ice Storage air conditioning system. Compared to an existing, similarly sized 1,800 student school in the same district, FRHS requires half of the electric demand.
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UT: Most state workers in Utah shifting to 4-day week 07/03/2008

Source: USA Today, 6/30/08.

Utah this summer will become what experts say is the first state to institute a mandatory four-day work week for most state employees, joining local governments across the nation that are altering schedules to save money, energy and resources.
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U.S. Lifts Moratorium on New Solar Projects 07/03/2008

Source: New York Times, 7/3/08.

Under increasing public pressure over its decision to temporarily halt all new solar development on public land, the Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday that it was lifting the freeze, barely a month after it was put into effect. The bureau had announced on May 29 that it was no longer processing new applications to build solar power plants on land it oversees in six Western states after federal officials said they needed first to study the environmental effects of solar energy, a process that would take two years.
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West's governors plan climate strategy for next leader 07/02/2008

Source: Denver Post, 7/1/08.

Citing the lack of any comprehensive federal policy to address global climate change, Western governors said Tuesday that they will work over the next 12 months to craft such an initiative for the next president.
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MT: The Festival of the Winds in Montana showcases alternative energy 07/01/2008

Source: Plenty Magazine, 6/30/08.

The Festival of the Winds has arrived in Harlowton, Montana, and every stool at Wade's Drive-In is taken. I lean over the counter to ask where I might find some of the festival activities, but the waitress has no time for small talk. As she hurries past I catch a glimpse of her blue t-shirt emblazoned with a towering white wind turbine. "What do you mean," she barks over her shoulder, "it's everywhere. It's a whole town thing."
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SD: DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects 06/20/2008

Source: SD DENR, 6/13/08.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced it is accepting applications through October 1, 2008, for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.
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CO: Boulder's path to creating 'zero waste' 06/13/2008

Source: The Gazette, 6/12/08.

In April 2006, the Boulder City Council adopted a zero waste resolution to increase the city's recycling rate of 30 percent and work to eliminate waste and pollution.
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CO: For one family, the three Rs are a way of life 06/13/2008

Source: The Gazette, 6/12/08.

When Regina Bock was growing up in California, she hardly ever recycled. Her family had no recycling bins, and only collected newspapers during an occasional Scout troop fundraiser. As an adult, Bock has become a champion of reducing, reusing and recycling in Boulder.
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CO: Recycling CHaRMs Boulder 06/13/2008

Source: The Gazette, 6/12/08.

A steady stream of cars regularly lines up at a different kind of drive-through in this city. Drivers aren't picking up fast food or a cup of coffee; they're dropping off shoes, computer monitors, plastic grocery bags and cooking oil that once lined landfills, but now find new life.
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CO:City of Aurora, Colo., secures $350K to revitalize properties 06/13/2008

Source: U.S. EPA, 6/12/08.

The City of Aurora will receive $350,000 to advance efforts to clean up and revitalize contaminated properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The supplemental EPA Brownfields grant will capitalize the City's Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund, a resource that provides low-interest loans and subgrants for environmental cleanup activities and encourages public and private redevelopment projects.
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MT: City of Missoula secures $400K to revitalize properties 06/13/2008

Source: U.S. EPA, 6/12/08.

The City of Missoula will receive a $400,000 grant to advance efforts to clean up and revitalize contaminated properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The supplemental EPA Brownfields grant will capitalize the City's Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund, a resource that provides low-interest loans and subgrants for environmental cleanup activities and encourages public and private redevelopment projects.
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