Earth Day Network Blog Updates

A Look at the Better Buildings Initiative

According to the Department of Energy, “last year, commercial and industrial buildings used roughly 50% of the energy in the U.S. economy at a cost of over $400 billion.” In response, the Obama Administration has come up with a solution intended to “catalyze revolutionary change in energy across U.S. buildings:” the Better Buildings Initiative.

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Director of Mexican Conservation Org. Wins UNEP Award

Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, Director of long-standing Earth Day Network partner Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, was selected to receive one of the 2013 Champions of the Earth awards, the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) highest environmental distinction.

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Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants Released

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated draft of its proposal to limit carbon emissions from new power plants. The plan—a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—represents a significant step forward in the fight against climate change.

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Obama Administration Defends Carbon Pollution Limits for Power Plants

In a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, the Obama administration defended its Climate Action Plan against criticism from the GOP and the coal industry. The hearing focused on the administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

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What Does It Mean to "Green" Your Home?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about greener and more energy-efficient buildings. But what exactly does this mean for your average homeowner? And what are the best ways for people to “green” their homes?

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The Future of Green: Automatic Light Switches Reimagined


**This is the fourth installment of our new 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 those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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UN Report: 1/3 of Food for Human Consumption Wasted Each Year

Global food waste is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Food Wastage Footprint report estimates that about one third of all food—1.3 billion tons—is wasted every year.

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U.S., China and G-20 Countries Agree to Regulate HFCs

On Friday, key members of the international community agreed to regulate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—considered to be the super greenhouse gas. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping had previously agreed to adopt the HFC guidelines put forth by the Montreal Protocol of 1987, but Friday’s announcement from the G20 represents more significant progress in the regulation of HFCs, as India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia—among other countries—are now officially onboard.

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How Do Buildings Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

This edition of the Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy and the Built Environment blog series will focus on U.S. buildings. The generation of electricity is the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the number one source of energy consumption for U.S. buildings. According to the Department of Energy’s buildings energy data book, U.S. buildings account for 39% of primary energy consumption and 72% of all electricity consumed domestically. Buildings accounted for more energy use than the entire U.S.

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A Billion Acts of Green: Reduce Your Ecological Footprint

Last month, we unveiled a brand new action for the world’s largest environmental service campaign, A Billion Acts of Green®. We asked our followers to pledge to Slay Vampire Energy by unplugging household appliances when they’re not being used. As it turns out, appliances continue to consume energy and add to your electricity bill even when they’re off, so we tried to encourage people to end this wasteful practice.

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