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SAIT receives LEED certification for Trades and Technology Complex
SAIT
SAIT Polytechnic has achieved two LEED gold certifications and one silver recognition for the world-class Trades and Technology Complex. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognition comes from Canada Green Building Council's program that identifies building projects that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by meeting the highest performance standards.
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Alberta signs energy pact with China
CBC News
Alberta and China have signed what they term a landmark deal to increase trade ties and collaboration. Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes says the framework on sustainable energy development gives Alberta direct access to decision-makers and strategists at the highest levels in China. Hughes, who spoke to reporters from Beijing, said the deal's importance was highlighted by the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Canadian Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
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Conservation program saves money
Powell River Peak
Over the last year, School District 47 officials estimate that close to $20,000 has been saved because of the implementation of green initiatives. Destination Conservation is an Elements Society (previously known as Pacific Resource Conservation Society) program offered in more than 140 schools in British Columbia and Alberta which helps schools make changes to become more aware of sustainability issues.
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Green energy's storage conundrum
Daily Commercial News
Critics of solar and wind as alternative clean energy sources are fond of saying that the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. There's truth there, but rather than taking it as the abrupt dismissal the critics often intend it to be, the industry has applied itself to solving the problems. That means there has been a concentrated research effort to find energy-storage technologies that work well and are economically feasible.
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How electrical current affects the human body
Mother Nature Network
Electricity is all around us — not to mention inside of us, where it keeps our hearts pumping and our muscles moving — but despite its prevalence in our lives, it is often poorly understood and all-too-often dangerous. It doesn't take much: The same amount of energy it takes to illuminate a tiny Christmas tree light could also be enough to kill you in the right conditions.

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Albertans losing no sleep over wind power
The Globe and Mail
Controversy that has marked Ontario's rapid growth in wind power has been largely absent in Alberta, where the industry has operated for two decades and now has the third-largest installed generation capacity of the green energy source in Canada. Wind farm operators in the Western province have had to work to solve environmental problems, notably bat and bird deaths, which have led to operational changes at some developments.

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Putting robots to work in solar energy
New York Times
In a dusty yard under a blistering August sun, Rover was hard at work, lifting 45-pound solar panels off a stack and installing them, one by one, into a concrete track. A few yards away, Rover's companion, Spot, moved along a row of panels, washing away months of grit, then squeegeeing them dry. But despite the heat and monotony, neither Rover nor Spot broke a sweat or uttered a complaint. That is because they are robots.

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Emerging green building material technologies to watch
By Don Rosato
"Green building" is being transformed from a buzzword to a sophisticated approach using technology that redefines how we make and live in buildings that both reduce building energy consumption and provide for building energy production. This innovative technology helps to create a new market and value network, according to recent Plastics Institute of America market trend analysis. They "disrupt" an existing market by displacing earlier technology. This is particularly true in the evolution of green building material solutions.
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Report: Alberta, Saskatchewan workers looking at biggest pay raises in 2014
CTV News
The Conference Board of Canada says workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan will fare the best with wage increases next year largely due to a shortage of qualified employees in the energy sector. Board vice-president Ian Cullwick says frenzied resource development and a shortage of trained workers means that Alberta and Saskatchewan will lead the way next year with average increases of 3.7 per cent.
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Meet the super-efficient Lego brick-like solar panel
Scientific American
Okay, they aren't actually Legos, but if you pulled up a microscope and took a peek at one of these solar panels, you would see a familiar studded pattern. A problem with solar panels is that most of the light energy that hits a solar panel is not absorbed. But by trapping light in a solar panel, researchers found they can increase the overall efficiency of a panel by up to 22 per cent.
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The big news in corrosion prevention is very, very small
By Sasha Viasasha
For decades, nanotechnology has held out a great deal of promise for preventing corrosion — along with a host of other wonders — but the practical applications have always been stalled by the high cost of production. That era is about to end, thanks to some significant production improvements achieved recently in the creation of graphene.
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Transmission project's cost jumps by $200 million to $1.65 billion
Edmonton Journal
AltaLink says it will cost about $200 million more than an initial estimate to build the 350-kilometre Western Alberta Transmission Line. In early 2011, AltaLink figured the 500-kilovolt direct current line from the Genesee area west of Edmonton to a point east of Calgary would cost about $1.5 billion, but could be as little as $1.3 billion and as much as $1.7 billion. The new estimate brings the new total to $1.65 billion.
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Chinese scientists: LED light bulb 'li-fi' closer
BBC News
Wi-fi connectivity from a light bulb — or "li-fi" — has come a step closer, according to Chinese scientists. A microchipped bulb can produce data speeds of up to 150 megabits per second, said Chi Nan, IT professor at Shanghai's Fudan University. A one-watt LED light bulb would be enough to provide net connectivity to four computers, researchers say. But experts told the BBC more evidence was needed to back up the claims.
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