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Library going “green” with help from IEE

Las Cruces, NM, Jan 23 —The main library for the City of Las Cruces is considering pollution prevention and energy efficiency strategies to reduce its carbon footprint, and reduce facility costs. Branigan Library administrator Lynette Schurdevin met with library staff and Resource Center manager Chris Campbell on Monday, Jan 23 to discuss forming a Green…
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New book in renewable energy series

The fifth volume, “Forest-Based Biomass Energy, Concepts and Applications,” of Abbas Ghassemi’s edited series on energy and the environment was released in December 2011.The series is published by the CRC Press.  Ghassemi and Frank R. Spellman collaborated on the biomass volume. Vaughn Nelson, William E. Glassley, Robert Foster, Majid Ghassemi, Alma Cota and Jeanette Moore…
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University of California-Riverside Team to Compete at IEDC 2012

The 2012 Task 5 team from University of California-Riverside is attending the 2012 International Environmental Design Contest and aims to win. Their interdisciplinary group—four chemical engineers and a business major—will develop a green reverse osmosis (RO) pretreatment, an environmentally-friendly alternative to current pretreatment methods for a reverse osmosis process. That is, the team must develop…
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Energy efficiency for our homes

As winter approaches, there are many things we can all do to save energy in our homes.  Some of these measures will also reduce utility costs and reduce the amount of traditional fossil fuels burned by power plants to produce our electricity.  Therefore, many of these activities are forms of Pollution Prevention. Forms of Pollution…
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Re-Energize the Americas conference concludes

El Paso, TX- After months of planning, the Re-Energize Americas conference took place October 26 and 27 at the El Paso Convention center. Over 200 attended the event, which was held in collaboration with the Border Energy Forum and organized between New Mexico State University (NMSU), The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and…
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IEE staff member wins newsletter naming contest

The winner of the recent contest to name the NMSU faculty/staff news section is none other than IEE/WERC’s Roseann Thompson. Thompson, a research scientist and project manager at the Institute for Energy & the Environment in NMSU’s college of engineering, submitted the winning title “NMSU@WORK.” She explained that her inspiration came from the way IEE/WERC…
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Molecular scale and pushing the limits

Connor Hanrahan borrows a statement from Richard Feynman as he explains the wide-open field of EDR, Electrodialysis Reversal: “The deeper you look, the more there is. It’s like you’re looking down into a pyramid. Feynman’s got a quote—and he works on nanotechnology—that there’s plenty of room down there. But it’s true, there’s so much down…
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University of Idaho students provide solution to Listeria outbreak

University of Idaho students may have already provided a partial solution to the listeria outbreak being traced to cantaloupe from Colorado. Intan Karina, Jo Scholkowfsky, Sarah Reichman, and Keith Christopher designed a device for the 2011 International Environmental Design Contest and are back in the news following the Colorado Listeria outbreak. Listeria is a potentially…
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Meet Tracey: electrical engineer, algae researcher

Tracey Fernandez describes algae like a buddy describing a favorite pet. He can identify its favorite “food,” place to live, and other conditions which determine how well algae will grow. And it’s no wonder: since beginning work at the Institute for Energy & the Environment (IEE) in January, he has spent over 300 hours in…
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New Research changes beliefs about EDR

Institute for Energy & the Environment researchers recently conducted a new experiment at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) as part of their continued desalination research in partnership with General Electric Water & Process Technologies. The experiment sought to increase the amount of drinkable water produced by the pilot-scale electrodialysis reversal (EDR) system…
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