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How GM and Ford Embed Sustainability Into New Buildings

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When someone thinks of a car company’s sustainability initiatives, electric or hybrid vehicles generally come to mind. However, at America’s two major car companies, General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor Company, green building is part of their sustainability programs. GM launched its Green Construction program in 2012.

Hyundai-Kia Rated "Most Climate Friendly Carmaker" by UCS

(3BL Media/Justmeans) A new report just released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which ranks the environmental performance of the eight top-selling car companies in the U.S., had some interesting findings.

The report measured both smog-forming and global warming emissions for the model year 2013. First, the good news: every one of the companies evaluated has improved their global warming emissions compared with their 1998 average. This was, no doubt, influenced by the more stringent fuel economy standards. Cars that burn less fuel also give off less pollution. Overall, smog-forming emissions dropped by 87% since 1998. Global warming (GW) emissions, which have become regulated more recently, have dropped by nearly 20 percent. This reverses a two-decade trend, from 1985 to 2005, when gasoline prices fell and Americans fell in love with gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles. A slumping economy, followed by a slow recovery, saw relatively little investment in more-efficient technologies, a trend that has finally reversed. Letting the marketplace sort itself out, as free market cheerleaders have suggested, did not adequately reflect the long-term urgency of the global warming threat. It was only when the new regulations became law that we saw significant changes occur.

Most surprising perhaps, was the fact that for the first time, South Korean automaker Hyundai-Kia took the top spot, moving past long-time champion Honda. Hyundai-Kia made aggressive strides in improving its fuel-efficiency by shifting to smaller engines, adding turbo-charging and offering hybrid-electric versions of its most popular models, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. Honda continues to lead in several classes, including SUVs and pickup trucks, but has fallen behind in its midsize fleet, dominated by its best-selling Accord sedan.

Also disconcerting, though not totally surprising, is the fact that America’s Big Three were at the bottom in this list; all were rated below the industry average set by foreign-made vehicles. Looking at the list, the companies fall in line by geography, going from Hyundai-Kia, to Japan’s big three (Honda, Toyota, Nissan), to Volkswagen, to the best of Detroit. Domestically, Ford led the pack, followed by GM and Chrysler. These eight top-selling brands represent nearly 90% of all US vehicle sales.The differences between companies were significant with top-ranked Hyundai-Kia producing 26.4% less GW emissions than Chrysler. Ford was third most improved from last year, following Nissan and Hyundai-Kia.

Different companies are currently pursuing different technologies to improve their emissions, ranging from turbocharged gasoline engines, to hybrid electrics, to diesels, to plug-in hybrids and battery electrics. With EPA standards scheduled to tighten in the coming years, we can expect this trend to continue. GM has stated a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 15% by 2017.

The UCS rankings were developed by taking the average per mile emissions for each

Ford Announces Solar Hybrid-Electric Car

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Imagine a car that ran completely on sunlight. You could park it outdoors on a sunny day, and while you shopped or worked or visited friends, it would be quietly refilling its tank, at no cost to you.

Well, you don’t have to imagine any further, this car will be revealed to the public for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas next week.

The car is the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept. Its announcement represents a significant leap into a clean energy future, revealing possibilities that many of us may not have even considered before.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is the first of its kind, a sun-powered car that can charge up and run completely untethered, away from any gas station, away from the electric grid, away from civilization altogether.

The vehicle has a solar panel roof that utilizes a special concentrator lens that increases the amount of energy that can be collected from the roof area. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept has been given an EPA estimated rating of 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway. An average vehicle owner could be expected to save as much as four metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, by avoiding grid charging. That’s about one-third as much as a typical American home produces in a year.

Survey Reveals Top Corporate Supporters of Black Science and Engineering Education

graduatesA survey published by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine lists the corporations and government organizations that are most supportive of America's historically Black engineering schools.

“Safe Passage” Program Clears the Detroit Night Sky for Migratory Birds

bird-migrationThe Detroit Audubon Society recognized Chrysler Group LLC today for its support of "Safe Passage Great Lakes," a program that encourages owners and tenants of tall buildings to extinguish their lights at night during bird migration season.

ECOtality's EV Project to Help Expand Market for Electric Vehicles

ev-charging-station-blink-by-ecotalityECOtality, Inc., a clean electric transportation and storage technologies company, announced today that its Blink® smart charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) will now be offered free in the

Ford and SunPower Team Up On Sustainability Partnership

Ford charges up its sustainability program with electric vehicle initiative

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