Monthly Archives: December 2010

SUSTAINABILITY PROVIDES AN INCENTIVE TO REDUCE “TOXIC CHEMICALS” IN PRODUCTS

Sustainable development is that which “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (see United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (1989)).  As applied to products, this general principle has been … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainability | Tagged , | Leave a comment

California’s Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade Program – One Step Closer to Implementation

At the December 16, 2010 meeting of the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”), CARB approved much of the regulatory structure for implementing the state’s GHG Cap and Trade Program. The proposed Cap and Trade regulation appears at http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2010/capandtrade10/capandtrade10.htm, although additional … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Sustainability | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Extension of Renewable Energy Tax Grants Comes Not a Moment Too Soon

The renewable energy industry received a hoped-for holiday gift when President Obama signed the bipartisan tax bill, H.R. 4853, on December 17, 2010.  One of the bill’s key provisions

Posted in CleanTech, Climate Change, Sustainability | Tagged | Leave a comment

Reform of Michigan’s Environmental Cleanup Program

On December 14, 2010, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a series of bills reforming the State of Michigan’s environmental cleanup program, Part 201 of Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Part 201). Michigan’s Part 201 Remediation Program, originally enacted … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainability | Tagged , | Leave a comment

New U.S. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative Launched

On December 7, 2010, the heads of eight federal departments and agencies announced the establishment of a coordinated Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. The effort includes 23 interagency

Posted in Sustainability | Tagged | Leave a comment