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Two companies cut ties to suppliers using oil sands. Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond have announced that they are seeking to no longer use suppliers that source fuel from Canada's oil sands. The move is part of an effort by both companies to lower their carbon footprints. Feb 18, 2010

Sustainability to be focus of building trends. Among the trends projected to shape the green building movement are attention to LEED certification and corporate concerns about the impact of climate change on business. Analyst Lucia Athens also suggests that saving water, retrofitting existing buildings and creating urban agricultural projects will also influence the direction of sustainable construction. Feb 18, 2010

New competition launched for presidential helicopter fleet. The Navy has announced a new competition to build a presidential helicopter fleet. The program, dubbed VXX, for Presidential Vertical Lift Platforms, is surveying the industry for an analysis of alternatives to replace the existing fleet of VH-3D and VH-60N helicopters. Feb 18, 2010

Federal agencies could rent UAVs in fee-for-service model. Some federal agencies and researchers may be able to rent unmanned aerial vehicles from the manufacturer one day instead of purchasing them. Steven Reid, AAI Corp.'s vice president for unmanned aircraft systems, said "we recognize that for most federal agencies it's a huge investment to do the acquisition, as well as the maintenance." AAI is looking at a fee-for-service business model, but it may depend on relaxing airspace restrictions by the Federal Aviation Administration. Feb 18, 2010

DOE to create $130M research center for building efficiency. The Department of Energy will partner with several other government agencies to create a research center on building efficiency. The Obama administration announced $129.7 million in funding for the center, which will develop new technologies for building efficiency. Buildings account for 40% of carbon emissions in the U.S. Feb 18, 2010

Architecture firm specializes in low-cost, green renovations. Sustainability -- or "making do with what you have" -- is central to African American culture, writes Leon Holloway. In this piece he looks at DKA Architecture, which specializes in sustainability and undertaking green renovations for clients with limited resources. Feb 18, 2010

Federal agencies could rent UAVs in fee-for-service model. Some federal agencies and researchers may be able to rent unmanned aerial vehicles from the manufacturer one day instead of purchasing them. Steven Reid, AAI Corp.'s vice president for unmanned aircraft systems, said "we recognize that for most federal agencies it's a huge investment to do the acquisition, as well as the maintenance." AAI is looking at a fee-for-service business model, but it may depend on relaxing airspace restrictions by the Federal Aviation Administration. Feb 17, 2010

Budget proposal shows GHG reduction is important to White House. President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2011 reflects the administration's policy to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, even as cap-and-trade legislation remains stalled in the Senate. Among the provisions in the budget are $39 billion in tax hikes for petroleum companies, $36 billion in additional loan guarantees for nuclear energy and an estimated $1.4 billion to help developing countries fight the effects of global warming. Feb 17, 2010

Green business is affected by energy focus, costs. Panelists at a green-business forum in Chicago last week said the climate summit in Copenhagen has not made much of an impact but a new focus on energy and costs has changed how they do business. "We measure everything -- every vehicle on road, every plane in the air -- we have a very refined idea of the carbon footprint today of our products, and we use the data to measure our own carbon footprint," said Sunny Davis Nastase, senior director of sustainability at UPS. Feb 17, 2010

Legislation would expand solar power use in Maryland. State legislators and business leaders in Maryland are touting three bills aimed at expanding the use of solar power. One bill would make it easier to obtain loans for solar projects, while another would require utilities to reimburse customers for excess energy saved by rooftop panels. Feb 17, 2010

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