January 19, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

Last week was a busy news week with new grants announcement coming from the Department of Energy (DOE); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing that they still can't decide what to do with bisphenol-A (BPA); and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcing their goals for the year and beyond.

Next week, I'm off to Disney World (Orlando, Florida) attending the Soap and Detergent Association meeting. I'm hoping to get more information about sustainability and green trends within the cleaning industry as well as updates on the cleaning industry's consumer product ingredient communication initiative.

For now, here are this week's news roundup:

SC Johnson's wind project
SC Johnson has launched a wind energy pilot program at their headquarters campus with the installation of three new wind turbines. American Renewable Power of Wisconsin installs the Swift turbines designed by Cascade Engineering, Inc.

White biotech collaboration
Germany-based RWE Power and BRAIN AG have joined forces to developed processes to convert carbon dioxide into microbial biomass or biomolecules as new sources of raw materials for new biomaterials, bioplastics and chemical by-products. Possible applications, now being explored, include building and isolation materials and the production of fine and specialty chemicals.

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