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Statewide certification program helps hotels find their ‘green’ (access required)

Recycling printer cartridges gives applicants two points. Setting copiers to print on both sides of the paper earns three. Donating food to soup kitchens or charities equals 10 points. The goal is a minimum of 100 points, which is the threshold for resorts in Arizona to earn the new statewide Certified Green Lodging recognition, provided by the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association in partnership with the Arizona Office of Tourism.

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Field of solar dreams: Next-gen dishes could deliver bright future (access required)

A walking tour of the Maricopa Solar generating facility, billed as the "world's first commercial-scale SunCatcher plant," is like taking a step into the future. It's not as striking as the movie "Avatar," which is set at a time when Earth's resources have been depleted, but it provides a glimpse of what is being done to deal with the depletion of nonrenewable energy sources.

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The not-so-fast track for constructing high-speed rail

The last time intercity passenger trains served Madison, Wisconsin's capital city, students at the University of Wisconsin campus there were protesting the Vietnam War. The trains stopped running when Amtrak took over passenger service around the country in 1971. But in January, the federal government announced it would give the state $810 million in stimulus money to return passenger trains to Wisconsin's second-biggest city for the first time in more than four decades.

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