Why so many businesses want to save Energy Star

May 8, 2017 by  
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The federal government’s marquee energy-efficiency program has enough funds to last through September. After that, its future is uncertain.

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3 low-carbon lessons from China for U.S. cities and companies

May 8, 2017 by  
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Investing in the energy performance of China’s new buildings can slash 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions by 2030. Here’s how the U.S. can share the suite life.

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Accelerating sustainably in Tel Aviv’s fast lane

May 8, 2017 by  
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The first start-up accelerator was founded in Tel Aviv as recently as 2011. By 2015, the city had accelerated like a Tesla.

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Florida Republican introduces bill that would abolish the EPA

February 6, 2017 by  
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Republicans really have it out for the government agency tasked with protecting the United States’ natural resources. Late last week Florida representative Matt Gaetz – along with Republican pals from Kentucky, Mississippi, and Georgia – introduced HR 861 , a bill designed to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Republicans apparently view Donald Trump’s presidency as a grand opportunity to scrap the EPA . HR 861’s full text isn’t available online yet, but the Courier-Journal reports it would enable states to take over environmental regulations and oversight from the federal government. It’s unclear how this transition would occur. Related: Myron Ebell says Trump plans to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency Experts lambasted the extreme bill, saying it would incite chaos. In theory it may sound nice for states to control environmental protection , but University of Florida law professor Mary Jane Angelo noted the amount of money available to states varies wildly across America. Some citizens’ health would therefore be better protected than others, depending on a state’s wealth. She said the EPA already works with states and local governments on many environmental issues through cooperative federalism. States are also granted some flexibility on how to execute a law in ways that make sense for them. If the EPA disappeared, “decisions would have to be made on hundreds of programs.” The bill has been skewered as a flashy move that ultimately wouldn’t help constituents, absurd especially from a representative whose state faces the consequences of sea level rise maybe even in the next 10 years. Portions of southern Florida, such as Miami, could be underwater by 2025, according to some predictions . Another law professor at the university, Alyson Flournoy, said the bill “seems to be part of a wave from elected officials designed to capture headlines but not do good government.” She said, “We don’t need less government or more government. We need good government.” Via Gizmodo and the Courier-Journal Images via Tim Evanson on Flickr and USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency on Flickr

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Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

May 21, 2015 by  
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The federal government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees , butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the U.S. Pollinator Task Force, makes some positive strides towards renewing pollinator habitats, it falls short of banning the pesticides which have been linked to bee decline . Read the rest of Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee colony collapse disorder , bee decline , bees dying , epa , neonicotinoids , pesticides , pollinator habitat , pollinators , US Federal Government , US Pollinator Task Force

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This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

May 21, 2015 by  
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If you thought water and lighting are two things that should never meet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this mesmerizing new “Rain Lamp” by designer Richard Clarkson . The nature-inspired Rain Lamp uses a pump system to circulate water through a glass globe, allowing for a slow, steady drip of droplets that are projected by light onto surrounding surfaces. The steady drip of the lamp results in a mesmerizing ripple effect on your floor. Read on to see a short video of this unique light in action. Rain Lamp from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo . Read the rest of This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Drip Lamp , nyc design week , projection lamp , Rain Lamp , Rain Lamp by Richard Clarkson Studio , richard clarkson , Richard Clarkson Studio , ripple lamp , wanted , wanted design , wanteddesign , wanteddesign 2015 , water balloon lamp , water droplet lamp , water lamp

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$40B in energy savings hiding in US commercial buildings

May 8, 2013 by  
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The federal government estimates we can save $40 billion annually by reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020.

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How local communities can benefit from EV growth

February 26, 2013 by  
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The federal government is helping local and regional leaders prepare for a big surge in electric vehicle use.

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