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NRDC Tells Regulators and Lawmakers in Lansing that Clean Energy Helps the Poorest and Most Vulnerable 25.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, Chicago: The disproportionate impact energy has on the poorest and most vulnerable in Michigan is often overlooked. NRDC and the Michigan League of Public Policy sponsored an event in Lansing that highlighted this topic. Participants in the event included Paul Smith,...
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Understanding the Latest Bogus Jobs Assessment of the Clean Power Plan 22.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Starla Yeh, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Clean Air Program, New York: This post authored by Kevin Steinberger, MAP Energy Policy Fellow. The American Action Forum, a self-described "center-right think tank," has taken the cherry-picking of evidence to new heights - or rather new lows - with recent claims that the Environmental...
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Tenant Star: Congress passes bipartisan bill, an energy efficiency victory 22.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Wendy Fok, Project Director, Commercial Buildings Efficiency, Center for Market Innovation, New York: The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed breakthrough legislation to improve energy efficiency in federal and commercial buildings on Tuesday, following last month's unanimous passage in the Senate. The Energy Efficiency Act of 2015, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)...
Clean Energy is Essential to Making Ohio's Economic "Comeback" a Reality 22.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: Following his national policy discussion on Meet the Press Sunday, Ohio Governor John Kasich is in Washington, D.C. this week to speak about Ohio's economic "comeback." In addition to touting the Buckeye State's remarkable economic resilience, we hope Gov. Kasich...
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A Step Forward for Efficiency, but Many Other Steps Back 22.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Elizabeth Noll, Energy Efficiency Advocate, Washington, D.C.: The U.S. House yesterday gave final passage to the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which although limited in scope represents the first clean energy legislation to emerge from Congress this year, and sent it to President Obama for his...
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NERC's Report on Clean Power Plan Deeply Flawed, But the Lights Will Stay On 22.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
John Moore, Senior Attorney – The Sustainable FERC Project, Chicago: The nation's grid reliability organization just issued a new report on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut harmful power plant emissions. It asserts that the Clean Power Plan requires too much, too soon, and urges EPA to delay compliance...
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House backs bill to boost energy efficiency 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House.
Bill to boost energy efficiency in commercial buildings, homes on its way to White House 22.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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House backs bill to boost energy efficiency 22.4.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House....
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Polling Shows Illinoisans Ready To Lead On Clean Energy 21.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Henry Henderson, Director, Midwest Program NRDC, Chicago, Illinois: Hundreds of people are expected to show up at the state capitol in Springfield tomorrow for Earth Day rallies promoting clean energy in Illinois. Judging from the results of polling NRDC conducted in Illinois, the folks speaking out in Springfield...
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Plug-in Equipment Efficiency Bill Could Save Californians Billions, Help Achieve the State's Climate Goals 21.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pierre Delforge, Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, San Francisco: With around 50 appliances, electronics, and miscellaneous electric devices connected to our household electrical sockets, plug-in equipment is responsible for approximately two-thirds of electricity use in California homes. Unfortunately, much of that is wasted due to inefficient and always-on devices....
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6 Eco-Friendly Tips For The Home 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors By: Anne Reagan, Editor-In-Chief of Porch.com Earth Day celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and looking back over the past 45 years and what we know now about climate change, sustainability, energy efficiency and how our actions impact our planet is alarming but also empowering. We now understand that what we choose to purchase or produce, or what we choose to use or waste, can have a direct impact to the health of our planet as well as the health of our bodies and surrounding environment. Nowhere is this extraordinary potential seen more than in the decisions we make with our homes, and particularly with home improvement. Even a small DIY project like painting a wall gives us the opportunity to choose a product that doesn't negatively impact our health or our environment. And when it comes to major home remodeling or improvement projects, homeowners have a wide array of choices that can ultimately make a positive, rather than a negative, impact on the environment. As we ...
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ACTIVATES INNOVATIVE, GREEN WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM IN CAMPUS BUILDING 20.4.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
Washington, DC. – April 16, 2015 – The University of Michigan will continue its on-going efforts to operate its facilities in the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable fashion by demonstrating the use a cooling water treatment product recently approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The innovative emulsion is expected to eliminate the need to use more toxic chemicals and improve the energy efficiency of the systems treated. The project is under way at the Palmer Commons building on the Central Campus and will continue throughout the remainder of the year.
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Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions 17.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CA: New England and the Pacific Northwest are separated by a continent, but they have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back over some three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers...
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Amid Calls To Divest, Schools Explore Green Revolving Funds 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While only 22 U.S. colleges and universities have actually agreed to sell their shares in oil and coal companies, more than 50 have committed themselves to efficiency projects on campus through a special financing method called green revolving funds, including Harvard University. At Harvard this week, students, alumni and faculty have occupied administrative buildings, calling for the university to cut investments in the fossil fuel industry. Protesters are questioning how the world's wealthiest university invests its $36 billion endowment. Climate activist Wen Stephenson is among those camping out, hoping to draw attention to climate change and the extraction of fossil fuels. "If we are serious about the climate catastrophe that is upon us, then that oil and gas has to stay in the ground," Stephenson shouted during a rally in front of Massachusetts Hall. At the same time, there's a quieter movement gaining steam, one that's focused instead on taking spaces like Harvard's Northwest Lab Building and ...
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New National Report Underscores Health and Economic Benefits of Clean Energy to People of Color and Low-Income Communities 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released an important new report, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide , that refutes highly misleading fossil fuel claims about clean energy policies and communities of color. The report also calls attention to the large potential benefits of clean energy to fixed- and low-income individuals, including: well-paying jobs in the clean energy industry; lower energy costs through energy efficiency; better health and lower health care costs due to reduced fossil fuel pollution; and greater reliability in terms of power prices. Renewables create jobs; Department of Energy Engineer at Work. There are a myriad of negative health impacts dirty energy imposes on low-income communities and communities of color. As the report , Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People, by the NAACP, Indigenous Environmental Network and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, also shows, “overall, a small number of coal power plants have a disproportionately large ...
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WANTED: Gang of Texas Legislators on the Loose at the Capitol Upending Local Control and Putting Texas in Harm’s Way 16.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston There is an assault on public health and environmental integrity underway in the Texas Legislature right now that’s the worst I’ve seen in my twenty-something years as an environmental advocate. The Texas Legislature is currently considering a series of bills that would eliminate much of the important rules protecting not just air and water, but also public health and safety. Many of these laws have been in place for decades and are critical in a state where the energy industry and large polluting companies are a key part of our economy. Here’s a run-down of some of the worst bills being considered at the Texas Legislature and the elected “leaders” sponsoring them: WANTED: Legislators on the Loose at #TXlege Upending Local Control and Putting Texas in Harm’s… Click To Tweet Crime: State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), author of Senate Bill (SB) 931 , is proposing to undo the law that put Texas on the national – and international – map for wind energy: the Renewable Portfolio ...
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A Busy College Student's Guide to Earth Day 16.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pat Remick, Senior Energy Communications Strategist, Washington, D.C.: This guest post is authored by NRDC intern and American University student Jessica McQuarrie Earth Day is our annual wakeup call to step back from our daily lives and remember that the stability of our beautiful world hinges on efforts...
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New Water Heating Efficiency Standards Deliver Great Savings, But There's More to Be Done 15.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Robin Roy, Director, Building Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Strategy, Washington, DC: For those of us working toward smarter, cleaner, cheaper water heating for households, there's a lot happening in Washington, D.C. With about 15 percent of U.S. household energy use going to heat the water we use to wash dishes and...
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What is the Republican agenda going forward? Waste energy and pollute waters. 15.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Scott Slesinger, Legislative Director, Washington, DC: The House Energy and Water spending bill, which the Appropriations Committee released on April 14, 2015, makes clear the House Republicans' priorities - subsidize dirty energy, starve clean energy and block any protections for water. This bill must never become...
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