Retailers to help improve air quality at ports
A group of national retailers that includes Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart has joined with trucking companies and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the amount of diesel emissions at the nation’s ports.
The public-private partnership, called the SmartWay Drayage Program, uses incentives to persuade independent owner operators and trucking companies to replace their older drayage trucks with cleaner, less polluting models. Drayage trucks, typically older and more polluting than long-haul trucks, operate in and around port areas and represent one of the largest sources of diesel emissions associated with ports.
Through the EPA’s SmartWay Drayage program, port trucking companies and independent owner-operators sign a partnership agreement and commit to track diesel emissions, replace older dirtier trucks with cleaner, newer ones, and achieve at least a 50% reduction in particulate matter (PM) and 25% reduction in nitrous oxide (NOx), below the national industry average, within three years. Low-interest loans and down payment assistance is available through a variety of federal, state, regional and local programs.
Similarly, SmartWay retailers sign a partnership agreement where they commit to ship at least 75% of their port cargo with SmartWay trucking carriers within three years. By giving business priority to SmartWay drayage carriers, the program creates a market-driven approach to incentivize emissions reductions at port communities across the country.
SmartWay Drayage charter partners include the following retailers: The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Target, JC Penney; Nike, Best Buy, Hewett Packard and the following port trucking carriers: California Cartage Express, LLC; California Multimodal, LLC; Container Connection; Evans Delivery Company, Inc.; GSC Logistics; PDS Trucking Inc.; Performance Team/GaleTriangle; Total Transportation Services, Inc.; and Western Ports Transportation.
IKEA plugs in seventh solar-energy system
IKEA officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in East Palo Alto, Calif.
The 38,000-square-foot array consists of a 302-kW system, built with approximately 1,344 panels. IKEA East Palo Alto’s program will produce approximately 427,900 kWh of clean electricity annually – the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 58 cars, the company said.
This initiative by IKEA will contribute to the local utility’s renewable portfolio goals and will lower the carbon intensity of the electrical grid. The East Palo Alto effort represents the seventh solar energy project for IKEA in the United States. Systems already are operational in: Brooklyn, N.Y; Burbank, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tejon, Calif.; and Tempe, Ariz., with both a solar energy system and a geothermal system operational at the Denver-area store opening this July in Centennial, Colo. Also, there currently are plans underway to install systems at five other IKEA locations in California as well as eight more in the Eastern U.S.
EcoBlu supplies Red Shield to development
EcoBlu Products has been awarded a contract to supply Red Shield coated lumber and trusses for 88 home developments being built in Ontario, Calif.
Frame Right Construction was awarded the framing contract with the inclusion of Red Shield lumber and truss package for all 88 homes. These two-story homes range from 1828 to 2054 square feet and the contract represents 88 out of a potential 110 lots left to be built. The contract is in excess of $1 million in gross revenues for all 88 homes, with 3 models shipping immediately.
Frame Right Construction is an environmentally conscious framing company that only offers Red Shield protected lumber on all jobs in the Southern California market.
The production homes meet California new 2011 energy codes, which include solar power, radiant barrier roof sheathing and 2×6 exterior walls for added insulation value. Red Shield offers protection against mold, wood rot, termites and value added fire protection, according to the company.