Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Dept. of Energy Launches “Women in STEM” Video Series

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.

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Tell Congress to Reinstate the Renewable Energy PTC!

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.

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Bullitt Center Named World's Most Sustainable Building

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.

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Green Buildings in Asia

Writing for Yale’s Environment 360 website, journalist Mike Ives takes us to the continent of Asia to highlight the nation of Singapore and their leadership in the green building movement.

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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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