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What Trump and Pence Don't Get about Clean Energy Jobs 5.12.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston President-elect Trump's victory tour began in Indiana last week, where he and running mate Mike Pence announced they had cobbled together enough taxpayer cash to convince Carrier – a gas furnace manufacturer that planned to move 2,000 jobs to Mexico – to keep some of its jobs in the state. But just two years ago, Governor Pence allowed Indiana to become the first state to abandon its energy efficiency standards – a move that Carrier and other companies warned would threaten nearly 1,500 jobs and $500 million a year in local economic investment. Evidently, losing 1,500 jobs wasn't enough to worry about. Yet two years and a presidential election later, saving 1,000 on the backs of taxpayers is held up as proof that Trump is making good on his promise to reinvigorate the American economy. Politics is theatre, but what worries me about the Carrier announcement is that it underscores how our new president and vice president don't understand the true economic potential of clean, modern ...
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How many jobs does clean energy create? 5.12.2016 GreenBiz.com
Jobs in solar power exceed those in oil, gas or coal extraction. And there are more surprises.
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Clean Energy Victory In IL Shows We Can Still Win In The Age of Trump 2.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kenvo Esquivel, Diane Fager

With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency this November, many on the left are rightfully frightened about what the next four years portend for the fight against climate change, when even the most basic environmental protections are now under threat. The sense of dread deepens everyday, as we get news of a new climate denier or oil executive being considered for a cabinet post. Many are preparing for years of long, defensive fights to preserve what policies we have won, both on environmental protection and on every other front.

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Melbourne & Sydney Win C40 Award For Best Building Energy Efficiency Project Of 2016 2.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Melbourne & Sydney were honoured today at an awards ceremony in Mexico City. The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world's most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD, the C40 Cities Awards ceremony was held during the C40 Mayors Summit, where more than 40 mayors from around the world gathered to create sustainable and liveable cities for citizens. "On behalf of C40, I want to congratulate all the winning cities for their commitment to their citizens and their dedication to tackling climate change," said outgoing C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. "Throughout my tenure as C40 Chair, I have been increasingly impressed by the calibre of the C40 Cities Award winners, and I look forward to seeing other mayors around the world adapting and implementing these models in their own cities." "The C40 Cities Awards recognize the best and boldest work being done by mayors to fight climate change and protect people from risks," said C40 ...
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European Commission Recognizes Investor Confidence Project as Best Practice for Energy Efficiency Financing 30.11.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
European Commission Recognizes Investor Confidence Project as Best Practice for Energy Efficiency Financing
Military Rivals Face Off In An Energy-Saving Web Series 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Without totally sidelining their historic rivalry, the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy  joined forces to improve energy efficiency at both campuses. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy  launched the second season of its “ Better Buildings Challenge Swap ,” a reality web series in which two organizations swap three-person teams to find ways to increase energy efficiency.  In this season, an energy team from each military institution travels to the other’s campus to explore how it can reduce its energy footprint. Russell Hume, energy program manager at the Air Force Academy, told The Huffington Post that each team has an opportunity to share its expertise and pinpoint where the other is falling short. At the end of the day, however, he said these friendly rivals’ different perspectives result in innovative and, in some cases, simple and low-cost solutions that can be applied beyond a dormitory or cafeteria. “It was great to have an extra set of eyes,” Hume told HuffPost.  The first ...
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Why Water Utilities Need an Energy Plan – and How Texas is Making Progress 22.11.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner When you prepare the Thanksgiving meal, do you ask each person to make a dish of their choosing, with no coordination for an overall cohesive meal? Probably not. Most likely, you plan, because you want everything to fit together. Now imagine a water utility with different departments like water quality, finance, and administration. Most water utilities have high energy costs, so each department needs to manage and reduce its energy use – but typically there’s no plan to synchronize these efforts. With such a piecemeal approach, the utility may get overall energy savings, but it’s not maximizing the potential to meet ambitious efficiency goals or reduce power costs. Enter the Energy Management Plan (EMP), a tool that sets up an organization-wide strategy for energy use. By creating a coordinated vision, an EMP establishes clear efficiency goals and gives departments the flexibility and direction for meeting them. That’s what this summer’s EDF Climate Corps fellow focused on at Tarrant ...
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Exelon teams with Big Coal in Springfield bill that could cost consumers $24B 22.11.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Exelon is back at the Capitol trying to win financial help for two struggling nuclear power plants, pushing what opponents have called a "Christmas tree" of giveaways that they estimate could cost consumers as much as $24 billion over 23 years. Like the energy giant's past attempts, the ...
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5 ways to scale up energy efficiency, person to person 19.11.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
To end fossil fuel dependence, we need to spark a social movement. And we need to do it now.
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Reaching California’s Clean Energy Goals Requires Inclusive Solutions 15.11.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jayant Kairam Just over a year ago, California’s SB 350 became law and was rightly celebrated for its boldness and impact, increasing the state’s renewable energy mix to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency buildings. Today, a less heralded provision of SB 350 – charging the California Energy Commission with studying barriers to clean energy – pushes us toward exceeding our renewables and efficiency aspirations. Moreover, it recognizes that in order for the state to realize its climate and energy future, planning must include and reflect the needs of all Californians. Through the SB 350 Barriers Study , the commission has engaged consumers, businesses, local leaders, environmental groups, and others to identify strategies that can unlock clean energy investments and spur growth in low-income and disadvantaged communities across the state. The final version of the study and recommendations are scheduled for release later this month, just in time for lawmakers to noodle on the robust and ...
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President-Elect Trump's Environmental Agenda 14.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected president and, like most people, I was surprised when he won. On January 20th he becomes our head of government and head of state; the president is both prime minister and king. My hope is that the institution of the presidency will envelop our new president and he will able to grow into this crucial world role. Hope needs to be tempered by concern. Many of my colleagues in Columbia's Earth Institute and many people all over the world are worried. Many of the policy positions he has taken on climate and environment are worth worrying about, but anyone who thinks they can predict what our soon-to-be president will do hasn't been paying attention over the past year. Trump defines unpredictable. I feel a little like I've been here before. I worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Superfund program when Ronald Reagan was elected president. President Reagan appointed Anne Gorsuch Burford to head EPA, and it was bad. Everything we were working on ...
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Free DIY weatherization clinic offered for homeowners, landlords in Routt County 11.11.2016 Steamboat Pilot
With cold weather looming and higher monthly energy bills coming for winter, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a free do-It-yourself weatherization clinic on Nov. 15 for local homeowners and landlords to learn about simple steps to improve residential energy efficiency and comfort before winter fits full force. The complimentary clinic will feature informational tables, giveaways, advice from local experts and four short educational sessions. The mini classes, offered in a rotating 10-minute format, will address common issues that certified energy auditors find in local homes when performing residential energy assessments on behalf of the sustainability council. Topics will include energy and water-saving quick fixes, air sealing and weather stripping around existing windows and doors, air sealing for heat leakage into attics and cold stale air infiltrating from crawlspaces, insulating hatches, LED lighting upgrades, radon kit testing information and EcoBroker check list advice. Energy ...
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European Union drops plans to make toasters more efficient 9.11.2016 TreeHugger
Efficiency standards are now toast because of worries of "over-reach and intrusiveness".
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Big oil's $1 billion bet on climate solutions 7.11.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
BP, Saudi Aramco, Eni, Pemex, Repsol and other firms agree to "unprecedented" plans to accelerate carbon capture and storage and energy efficiency.
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COP 22 needs to be a COP of action 4.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it."Those were the words of President Barack Obama when he addressed the delegates at COP21 climate change conference in Paris in 2015. On November 4, 2016 - a year after the historic negotiations and decisions in the French capital, the Paris Agreement has entered into force. It is a major milestone for countries, cities and companies. The next question must be how to translate this agreement into an actionable timeline. At COP21 we saw overwhelming interest from the business sector. Thanks to the French government the role of business was clear: It is important for policy makers to see that climate leadership makes good business sense. What is good for the climate is good for business as well. I want to take stock of the first year after COP21 from a business perspective. We can definitely say that the Paris Agreement raised the bar for businesses' ambitions to achieve a low-carbon ...
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Mexico Can Save $26 Billion Through its National Climate Plan 3.11.2016 WRI Stories
Mexico Can Save $26 Billion Through its National Climate PlanAdd Comment|PrintBy improving industrial efficiency, implementing a carbon tax and capturing methane from natural gas sites, Mexico could achieve half of the emissions reductions it needs to meet its climate goal. Photo by Christian Payne/Flickr Mexico was the first developing country to release its post-2020 national climate action plan, or intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), committing to reduce its emissions 22... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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These Energy Efficiency Laws Give New York City a Fresh Start on Power Savings 3.11.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Abbey Brown The New York City Council has an excellent environmental track record, and I’m pleased to say that most recently it has passed a group of bills tackling energy efficiency in buildings, adding to its stellar standing. Mayor Bill de Blasio this week signed a package of laws developed by the City Council that address energy efficiency in thousands of buildings citywide. Buildings account for nearly three-quarters of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, which makes buildings crucial to New York City’s goal of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050 . In fact, the mayor’s office estimates that these bills will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 250,000 metric tons throughout the city, and create an estimated 100 jobs by spurring retrofits in 16,000 buildings. I attended the bill signing on October 31st, and am proud to say that Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has been working closely with both the mayor’s office and the City Council to get to this point, along with our partners, the New ...
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Three Ways to Tackle the Knowledge Gap in Building Energy Code Enforcement 1.11.2016 THE CITY FIX
Cities and countries around the world are adopting building energy codes as tools to reduce energy consumption. Mexico City recently joined this wave, when, in June, the city updated its building regulations to include energy efficiency for the first time. ...
For big energy efficiency gains, tenant demand is key 1.11.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Although landlords can unilaterally achieve significant waste reductions through smart building systems and operations, tenant occupants still hold the key to unlocking a building’s full savings potential.
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Calling Young Innovators: Apply for the 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship 28.10.2016 THE CITY FIX
Looking for an opportunity to catalyze sustainable, people-centered urban mobility? The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship wants to help you transform ideas into reality. The Schipper family and EMBARQ, the sustainable urban mobility initiative of World Resources Institute’s WRI Ross Center ...
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