Earth Day Network Blog Updates

NAACP Releases New Report Examining Energy Policies

The NAACP has released a new report that assesses energy policy in all 50 states from a civil rights lens. Titled “Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs,” the report provides analysis of each state’s energy sector policies based on both the environmental and economic impacts.

The reasons given for such an assessment are best summed up in the report's opening paragraph:

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Bullitt Center Shortlisted as One of Six Most Sustainable New Buildings in the World

Earth Day Network is proud to announce that the new Bullitt Center, spearheaded EDN Chair Denis hayes, has been shortlisted ( 1 of 6) for the World Architcture News (WAN) 2013 Sustainable Building of the Year award. Projects included homes, hospitals, universities, and landmarks designed by firms around the globe. Chosen from among 33 nominations, the judges were particularly impressed by the “careful data driven design” and viewed the project as a template for the future and a great example for sustainable buildings in cities.

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Why is the Renewable Energy PTC so Important?

This month, Earth Day Network is encouraging you to take action by telling your Senators to reinstate the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). This tax credit allows renewable sources of energy, most importantly wind, to be cost-competitive with dirty forms of energy like oil or coal. The bill allows 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour of wind energy generated to be deducted from the generators taxes during the first ten years of production.

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Urban School Food Alliance Turns Cafeterias Green

Six cities nationwide have begun the process of turning their public schools into more environmentally-friendly institutions. Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Orlando make up the Urban School Food Alliance, a group whose mission is integrating green consumption practices into their public schools’ cafeterias.

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Study: Americans Biking More, Driving Less

Green transportation is on the rise, according to a new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). The study found that between 2000 and 2011, 99 out of 100 of the largest urban areas in the US saw a decrease in the percentage of workers commuting by car. In 84 of the 100 largest urban areas, the percentage of households without a car increased, and in 91 of them bike commuting became more common.

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A Billion Acts of Green: Support Renewable Energy

It’s time for a new Billion Acts of Green action! This month we are asking you to support the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit by sending a letter to your Senators. Renewable energy in America is booming right now, thanks in large part to the Renewable Energy PTC. By 2015, America will produce enough renewable energy to power 17 million homes and replace 58 coal-fired power plants.

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Update: COP19 in Warsaw

For the past week and a half, delegates from over 180 countries have come together in Warsaw, Poland for the UNFCCC 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to discuss the future of international climate change policy. These talks are incredibly important, as they will determine the future of global climate policy. The meetings are used to hash out technical details and specific language that will become the framework for international climate policy.

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COP19 is Officially Underway

The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) kicked off yesterday in Warsaw, Poland. If the recent IPCC report on climate change is any indication, there is much work to be done. As the report indicated, it is possible to avoid the worst climate impacts, but only if “substantial and sustained” action starts now. COP 19 seeks to catalyze this process.

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The Future of Green: Solar-Powered Smartphone Chargers

**This is the newest installment of our blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering these barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reached Record Highs in 2012

According to a new report released by the World Meteorological Organization, atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases reached a new world record in 2012.

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