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MCI Commuter Coach

By Amber Starr

America’s third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit-New Jersey Transit, recently purchased 772 clean diesel commuter coaches through an agreement with Motor Coach Industries. The $395 million agreement will begin the six year delivery of the clean diesel commuter coaches in 2016. New Jersey’s coach fleet is one of the largest in North America with the acquisition allowing New Jersey to improve air quality throughout the region.

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July 20, 2015 6:30 am

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Leonard Dicaprio is named a Messenger of Peace by United Nations.

By Roxanne Bowers

Leonardo DiCaprio’s accomplishments include two Golden Globes, five Academy Award nominations and numerous efforts in environmental conservation. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation recently announced they have marked over $15 million in grant money donated to environmental conservation organizations.

This $15 million donation is one of many in DiCaprio’s multi-year efforts towards protecting the environment. The grant money will go to over 30 different organizations that are working to protect the environment. “The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” he said. Read more

July 18, 2015 6:30 am

Go shopping on Main Street to win a prize package worth $230.

Go shopping on Main Street to win a prize package worth $230.

By Roxanne Bowers

Valley Metro will be hosting several campaigns to promote public transportation and the upcoming opening of the light rail extension in Mesa. Valley citizens are able to win various prizes and recognition for demonstrating the importance of reducing air pollutants by using public transportation. The campaigns include:

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July 17, 2015 6:30 am

By Kourtney Seaton

Bill_GatesMicrosoft co-founder and U.S. billionaire Bill Gates announced his plans to invest $2 billion in renewable technologies initiatives over the next five years.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Gates said he hopes to “bend the curve” through the cultivation of “breakthrough” technologies.

Gates has already invested about $1 billion in dozens of early stage companies including battery storage, next-generation nuclear and free air carbon capture.

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July 16, 2015 6:30 am

By Kourtney Seaton

For years, scientists have been dabbling with the idea to convert methane emitted from manure into something more useful and knew there was more than oil and mineral gas. Plastic was the answer, but cost was the hurdle to conquer.

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AirCarbon named Innovation of the Year by Popular Science

Newlight Technologies CEO Mark Herrema has mastered the technology to make eco-friendly plastic and eliminate the potent methane from seeping into the atmosphere. The Costa Mesa, California startup already has contracts with major corporations to supply the plastic for packaging, containers and chairs.

According to their website, it took 10 years of research and development to commercialize the carbon capture technology that combines air with methane-based greenhouse gas emissions to produce a plastic material called AirCarbon™: a material made from captured carbon that can match the performance of oil-based plastics and out-compete on price.

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July 14, 2015 6:30 am

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By Rachel Gossen

Celebrations erupted outside the Supreme Court this morning when it was ruled that same-sex marriage is to be recognized as legal in all 50 states. The landmark 5-4 decision is a big step for civil rights and equality. Before the decision was handed down, same-sex marriage could marry in 36 different states. Now, the remaining 14 states will have to stop enforcing their bans, and recognize all couples’  marriages. President Obama applauded the court’s decision and called the lead plaintiff, Jim Obergefell, to congratulate him on the historic win.

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June 26, 2015 12:26 pm

By Sara Weber

Local First AZ encourages consumers to "go local" and support local business owners.

Local First AZ encourages consumers to “go local” and support local business owners.

Think back on your weekly shopping trips, restaurant visits and errand stops. How many of those were at a locally owned business?

Whether your answer was all, some or none, Local First Arizona wants you to participate in Arizona’s 10th Annual Independents Week. The organization is encouraging consumers to challenge themselves and shop exclusively local from June 27 to July 5 as a way of supporting small businesses in the state. Read more

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