Earth Day Network Blog Updates

A Reflection on Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

Earth Day Network joins the city of Jackson, Mississippi in mourning the death of its mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, who passed away on Tuesday at St. Dominic Hospital at the age of 66. Formerly, Mr. Lumumba was a prominent lawyer and human rights activist. He was sworn in as mayor last July and had a strong vision for the city of Jackson, one that stressed the importance of sustainability.

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President Obama Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks

President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration plans to put in place stricter fuel efficiency standards for trucks in the coming years.

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CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes

Yesterday, CVS announced that they will no longer sell cigarettes in their stores, effective October 1.

“Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose,” said their CEO.

The CEO is right. We all know that cigarettes are bad for our health. They’re linked to heart disease and cancer and cause millions of deaths every year. But what does that have to do with Earth Day Network and our environmental objectives?

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A Billion Acts of Green: Adjust Your Water Heater

It's time for a new Billion Acts of Green action! This month’s action is quite simple: Adjust Your Water Heater. The average homeowner spends about $400-600 annually on heating water, accounting for 14-18% of the total energy bill.

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The Greenest Super Bowl Ever?

With the weekend quickly approaching, there’s one thing that’s on the minds of most Americans- the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, this Sunday, Feb. 2nd. The teams competing for the ultimate prize in football are from Denver and Seattle, arguably two of the greenest cities in America. But no matter how green a city is, NFL games are usually anything but environmentally-friendly events. Metlife Stadium has a seating capacity of over 82,000.

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SOTU a Mixed Bag for Energy Policy

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.”

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Study: Solar Jobs Jumped 20% in 2013

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%).

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New Resources for Climate Change Education Released

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.

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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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