Earth Day Network Blog Updates
In his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama outlined his vision for the future of energy policy. As usual, President Obama touted his all-of-the-above approach to energy.
In the beginning of his speech, Obama flaunted that “more oil [is] produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world – the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years.”Read More
Yesterday, The Solar Foundation released its 4th annual National Solar Jobs Census, detailing the progress being made in the solar industry. The census found that the U.S. solar industry employed more than 142,000 people in 2013 – a 19.9% increase from 2012 and a 53% increase in the last four years (meanwhile, the national average employment growth rate in 2013 was 1.9%).Read More
Over the last several months, Earth Day Network Education Director Christine Robertson has been working with the Climate Change Environmental Education POLCA (Project-based Online Learning Community Alliance) to create a set of resources and suggestions for anyone teaching about climate change.Read More
The US Department of Energy has launched a new initiative aimed to highlight women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
The DOE recognizes the fact that women are underrepresented in these fields. Among college students, men outnumber women in nearly every science and engineering major. According to the Department of Commerce, the disparity is even more glaring in the workforce—less than a quarter of STEM professionals are women.Read More
Last month, we rallied support for the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit, set to expire at the end of 2013. Thanks to you, our loyal supporters, we sent thousands of letters to Senators, urging them to extend this important tax credit.Read More
Earth Day Network is proud to announce that the Bullitt Center, a commercial building in Seattle, has been named the most “Sustainable Building of the Year” by World Architecture News (WAN). The building—built by organizer of the first Earth Day and Earth Day Network board chair Denis Hayes—enjoyed its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Earth Day 2013.Read More
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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More