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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As part of cutting energy waste and doubling energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department announced nearly $10 million to support research, development, and manufacturing of solid-state lighting technologies across the country. This funding will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode and organic light-emitting diode products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use for American families and businesses by one half and enhance U.S. global competitiveness.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and lead in clean energy, the Environmental Protection Agency released its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that outlines actions planned over the next year to cut energy use and waste in agency operations. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by 2020. EPA’s 2013 Sustainability Plan builds on four years of progress under the Executive Order and provides an overview of how the agency is saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, and saving energy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Energy efficiency increases need to be a key strategy in achieving carbon emissions goals, according to joint comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in response to the agency's forthcoming new standards for existing power plants.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Planners in Washtenaw County, Mich., are set to unveil a plan for a re-imagined Washtenaw Avenue, a 4.5-mile corridor connecting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. The corridor will undergo a makeover to better support mixed-use development and all modes of travel, thanks in part to a $3 million grant from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- How much does housing and transportation cost your family each month? These two items are typically a family’s largest expenses. Together they take up almost half of the average household’s budget, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. How does your family’s housing and transportation costs compare to the rest of the region? And how would living in a different neighborhood or commuting in different ways affect your monthly budget? A new tool is designed to help you find out.
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Warnings will be issued from two newly installed Automated Speed Enforcement cameras in the Children’s Safety Zones near Challenger Park in the North Side Lakeview neighborhood and Washington Park in the South Side Washington Park neighborhood in Chicago, Ill.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fort Worth, Texas, residents cleaned out their garages and sheds for the annual America Recycles Day, held this year on Nov. 16 at LaGrave Field. The free event allowed folks to drop off documents for shredding, as well as tires, batteries, light bulbs and electronics for recycling.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Valley Authority is taking steps that could significantly increase TVA’s solar energy capacity in 2014 while ensuring TVA’s green power programs remain sustainable and cost effective. TVA is offering a total of 126 MW of renewable capacity in the coming year through a variety of power-purchasing programs for homes, businesses and commercial installations, marking a 7 percent increase over 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and lead in clean energy, the Department of the Interior released its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, which outlines actions planned over the next year to cut energy use and waste in agency operations.
AMES, Iowa -- A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows that institutional purchases of local food added nearly $9 million to the Iowa economy in 2012.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The benefits of energy efficiency have been largely out of reach for many of the more than 20 million U.S. families living in apartment or condo buildings that are often underserved by energy efficiency programs. A new report, Apartment Hunters: Programs Searching for Energy Savings in Multifamily Buildings, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, offers advice to utilities on how to deliver energy efficiency to their multifamily customers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U. S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced an expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and economy.
DENVER, Colo. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completed cleanup of contaminated mining waste within the town of Superior, Mont., that began on September 8, 2013. As part of this project, mining waste containing heavy metals including antimony, lead and arsenic that exceeded human health thresholds was removed from 38 residential properties and the Mineral County Airport and placed at a repository in Wood Gulch.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Building on $2 billion in financing commitments from the private sector for energy efficiency updates to commercial buildings under the President’s Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development expanded the Challenge to multifamily housing such as apartments and condominiums and launched the Better Buildings Accelerators to support state- and local government-led efforts to cut energy waste and eliminate market and technical barriers to greater building efficiency. The Obama Administration also announced it will challenge Federal agencies to further expand their use of performance-based contracts through 2016 to upgrade the energy efficiency of Federal buildings at no cost to taxpayers, helping the Federal Government save money and further reduce energy use.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are releasing the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to identify and choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2014 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, ensuring a wide variety of choices available for consumers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Prominent climate scientist James Hansen and colleagues announced the publication of a new paper which argues, based on geologic data, that the current goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius is too dangerous and that policymakers should aim to limit the increase to one degree instead.
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced $7.5 million for three Mississippi projects that address high priority conservation needs on the Mississippi coast. The projects, developed in consultation with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- From the floor of the annual Greenbuild Conference’s International Summit, it was recently announced that Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region will launch in Verona, Italy, in 2014.
OSAGE CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new railroad bridge that will eliminate the last chokepoint along the line between Jefferson City and St. Louis. The $28 million project received $22.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program and was the largest ARRA project in the state of Missouri. Administrator Szabo joined Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols, officials from Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad and other dignitaries at the event.
LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced a $32,440.00 pollution prevention loan awarded to North Bridge Chiropractic, P.C. to fund the purchase and installation of a new digital x-ray system, thereby eliminating wastes from their former conventional x-ray system.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The city of Bell, Calif., recently announced a new way to report graffiti in lightning speed. The city of Bell’s new smart phone app, works on both the iPhone and Android phones and can be easily downloaded for free from the App Store or the Google Play Store. Simply enter “City of Bell” in the search box.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Building on the Obama Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity by 2030 and help communities save on energy bills, the Energy Department awarded nearly $4 million to 13 states to increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments and industrial sectors. The Department’s State Energy Program has a long history in assisting states in saving energy and deploying new clean energy technologies.
Local governments are increasingly adopting sustainability-based initiatives, but many of them limit their efforts to those within their direct control such as bike paths, greening public buildings, recycling programs, LED street lights, etc. The vast majority do not proactively engage local businesses in their sustainability efforts.
The following competitive grants are available to municipal and/or non-profit applicants, among others:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington State Legislature passed a bill that will make it easier for communities to clean up brownfield sites across the state. SB 5296 modifies Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act and creates new tools for brownfields cleanup. “There are a large number of toxic waste sites that have been identified in the department of ecology’s priority list,” the bill explained. “Addressing the cleanup of these toxic waste sites will provide needed jobs to citizens of Washington state.”