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What an exciting Stanley Cup Series – congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for pulling off a dramatic win in game 6! You may find it interesting, as I did, that the Blackhawks have their very own sustainability mission in the Chicago community. Earlier in the season, they partnered with Constellation Power in the promotion of energy efficiency. They did this by hosting a Go-Green game that avoided 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) or 143 barrels of oil by purchasing Green-e Energy Renewable Energy Credits. This sponsorship was an opportunity to educate fans about their option to choose renewable electricity providers for their homes.

The five-time Stanley Cup winners have also partnered with the Chicago Gateway Green initiative as leaders in the community for responsible development that aims to leave the environment in a better condition for future generations. The initiative educates through beautification projects that execute sustainable landscaping, remove litter, and improve air and water quality in the Chicago area. Blackhawks Charities and the Team are bringing pride to the city of Chicago on the rink and through the collaboration of its sustainable partnerships.

For more information on the Chicago Blackhawks Charities, check out their community report here.

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Primary logo 2013

How awesome is this solar-powered boat!?! It didn’t only complete its trip around the world but it set a new record doing so. The crew beat the boat’s previous 2010 record by 4 days, 6 hours and 38 minutes.

World’s largest solar-powered boat completes its trip around the world.

There have to be better ways to create jobs and improve U.S. energy security than approving the Keystone Pipeline. The risks far outweigh the rewards in this scenario.

Exxon Arkansas Spill Raises Scrutiny of Keystone Pipeline – Bloomberg.

This is beautiful sight for green technologies! In 2012, Apple upgraded their facilities so that the data centers are now running on 100% solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. They also updated their corporate facilities so that they are now powered by 75% renewable energy (previously 35% a year ago).

Apple Says Data Centers Now Use 100% Renewable Energy – Bloomberg.

This is a very interesting resource that illustrates how the major energy sources are used in the US. It can be used to determine the impact that specific energy policies will have on the environment and the economy.

EIA’s Energy in Brief: What are the major sources and users of energy in the United States?.

The President outlined some very exciting improvements to current environmental policies in the State of the Union address last night. What a great platform to demand change. And if the parties can’t come to common ground to implement the necessary policies then the White House has promised to act on it’s own accord. How exciting!

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” Obama said. “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Obama gives Congress climate ultimatum: back me, or I go it alone | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Cheap panels and lower construction costs have been aided by policy support that “has been a little more consistent and long-term,” Gregory Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/u-s-solar-will-eclipse-wind-in-2013-says-duke-energy.html

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