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New Efficiency Standards Ordered for Heavy-Duty Trucks

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As part of an ongoing efficiency and conservation effort, President Obama announced this week that his administration will set higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by March 2016, a move that could reduce dependence on foreign oil, cut fuel costs, and lower consumer prices.

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Auto Racing Shifts to Green

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As the world of professional sports strives to become more sustainable, auto racing has become a somewhat surprising leader in the field. NASCAR and Formula E can be credited with making some of the first and biggest steps forward for sustainability in the sport.

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Indianapolis to Launch Largest All-Electric Car Share Service in U.S.

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is at it again. At last month’s Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Conference, Ballard announced that he will bring the French company Bolloré’s electric car-sharing service, already a great success in Paris, to Indianapolis.

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Trucking Industry Moves Toward Natural Gas Vehicles

With approximately eight million heavy- and medium-weight trucks consuming three million barrels of oil a day, or nearly 15 percent of the United States’ total daily consumption, the trucking industry has a huge opportunity to make a lasting impact on oil dependance. A few recent developments point to a possible shift to truck fleets running on natural gas, which emits less CO2 than gasoline and diesel and is abundant here in the United States.

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25 Facts for a Sustainable Holiday Season

In our holiday infographic, we share interesting statistics, facts, and good practices to think about as you eat, travel and celebrate this holiday season. Happy Holidays from Sustainable America!

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Qatar Airways will fuel its fleet with natural gas

Qatar Airways is planning to use domestically abundant natural gas to power it’s whole airline fleet as soon as late 2013.

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Natural Gas Cars and Vehicle Fleets

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Most people don’t think of natural gas fueling cars, but it does! There are natural gas powered cars on U.S. roads right now. The Honda Civic Natural Gas runs entirely on natural gas, using no gasoline. The Honda CNG has a suggested retail price of $26,305, with possible tax incentives available.

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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