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2015 ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers. Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Eat Less Beef. We know that eating red meat devastates the planet.

Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Eat Less Beef

But just how much? According to a comprehensive new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, meat production spews out five times the amount of greenhouse gases than production of dairy, poultry, pork, and eggs averaged together. Why Everyone Benefits from Energy Efficiency Programs. Opponents of energy efficiency often make the claim that the only people who benefit from utility energy efficiency programs are program participants.

Why Everyone Benefits from Energy Efficiency Programs

Any energy efficiency improvements those participants are making, they argue, are simply being subsidized by non-participants. Our study finds that is not true; all utility system customers benefit from energy efficiency investment. In our new report, Everyone Benefits: Practices and Recommendations for Utility-System Benefits of Energy Efficiency , we explore the wide range of advantages energy efficiency programs provide to the utility system as a whole and to all customers in that system. Reducing costs for utilities benefits all customers. Seattle 2030 District Releases New Strategic Plan. High Performance Building Districts At our Summer Reception, the Seattle 2030 District unveiled a new Strategic Plan to make substantial progress toward achieving our ambitious energy efficiency, water and commuting goals for existing and new buildings.

Seattle 2030 District Releases New Strategic Plan

The Board has adopted two strategic priority areas – transforming our buildings and transforming our market. In the built environment, priorities focus on facilitating innovative, pragmatic and economically viable measures that reduce environmental impacts, increase resilience, lower operating costs, and improve property values. These measures expand upon existing efforts such as the Smart Building Initiative and Electrify Seattle as well as introduce new projects such as the Green Stormwater Initiative. Whitest big county in the U.S? It’s us. King County is the whitest of the nation’s 20 most-populous counties.

Whitest big county in the U.S? It’s us

But the county’s fastest population growth is happening among Asian and mixed-race people. The Times’ FYI Guy, Gene Balk, digs into the new Census numbers. Among the 20 most-populous U.S. counties, King County is the whitest — by a ways. According to new data released by the Census Bureau, King is 62.4 percent non-Hispanic white. Why Whites Don’t Understand Black Segregation. By Ellen Nakashima July 9 at 3:16 PM Two major breaches last year of U.S. government databases holding personnel records and security-clearance files exposed sensitive information about at least 22.1 million people, including not only federal employees and contractors but their families and friends, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Why Whites Don’t Understand Black Segregation

The total vastly exceeds all previous estimates, and marks the most detailed accounting by the Office of Personnel Management of how many people were affected by cyber intrusions that U.S. officials have privately said were traced to the Chinese government. Obama Administration Announces Actions to Protect Communities from the Health Impacts of Climate Change at White House Summit.

President Obama is committed to combating the impacts of climate change and protecting the health of future generations.

Obama Administration Announces Actions to Protect Communities from the Health Impacts of Climate Change at White House Summit

We know climate change is not a distant threat, we are already seeing impacts in communities across the country. In the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled, and climate change is putting these individuals and many other vulnerable populations at greater risk of landing in the hospital. Enduring Summer’s Deep Freeze. IT’S summertime.

Enduring Summer’s Deep Freeze

The season when you can write your name in the condensation on the windows at Starbucks, people pull on parkas to go to the movies and judges have been known to pause proceedings so bailiffs can escort jurors outside the courthouse to warm up. On these, the hottest days of the year, office workers huddle under fleece blankets in their cubicles. Going Green and Conserving Cash. Climate Preparedness Report. Obama's $4bn Clean-Energy Initiative: A Big Number Hiding a Bigger Idea. On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced that foundations and other investors had committed $4bn to clean-energy investments.

Obama's $4bn Clean-Energy Initiative: A Big Number Hiding a Bigger Idea

Most news reports focused on the money, and so did the White House. Feeling Down? Take a Walk in the Woods. Do you find yourself ruminating on the all the bad things in life?

Feeling Down? Take a Walk in the Woods

Psychologists know that's one of the key behaviors that sustains depression, so addressing patterns of rumination is a serious issue. Now, researchers have found a straightforward, if not necessarily easy, way to avoid mulling things over to excess: take a walk, but not down a crowded street; to be effective, it has to be out in nature. Microplastic Particles Move Up Marine Food Chain on B.C. Coast. Plastic fibres and particles in West Coast waters are being consumed and passed up the food chain by tiny marine creatures that apparently mistake them for food, according to a new study from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

Microplastic Particles Move Up Marine Food Chain on B.C. Coast

Researcher Peter Ross and his colleagues found plastic litter in the digestive systems of two key species of plankton that are eaten in large numbers by salmon and baleen whales. China Just Made Its Plans To Fight Climate Change Official. On Tuesday, China released long-awaited final greenhouse gas targets as part of its submission to the United Nations climate talks in Paris later this year. Li Keqiang, China’s prime minister, said in a statement the country “will work hard” to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030, which was its previous commitment as part of the United States-China joint pledge from November 2014, the first time China had agreed to mitigate emissions. The statement also said that China will cut its carbon intensity, or greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP, by 60-65 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, a large increase from its 40-45 percent goal for 2020.

Partnering with China to Promote Renewable Energy Deployment. Yesterday, I was honored to deliver keynote remarks at the fourth U.S. -China Renewable Energy Industries Forum (REIF) in Washington, D.C. The REIF brought together approximately 150 Chinese and American leaders from business, government, and institutes to assess ongoing collaborations and explore new opportunities for joint analysis on clean energy that can help create jobs, drive economic growth, and address climate change—both in China and in the United States. In 2009, President Obama and then-President Hu Jintao of China formalized the U.S. -China Renewable Energy Partnership as one of seven announcements promoting clean energy collaboration between the two countries.

Under the partnership, the two countries take turns hosting the biennial forum, and this year, the United States was honored to welcome the Chinese delegation to our nation’s capital. Zero Counties in the U.S. Have Enough Housing for Families in Extreme Poverty. From Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine. 2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance.

If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. Selling Sustainability: Priming for Marketers. How to Stop Humans From Filling the World With Trash. Handle with humor: why we want you to laugh about climate change. With the historic People’s Climate March taking place in cities around the world last year, the landmark US-China deal, as well as record carbon-dioxide levels and the hottest year on record, awareness of the potential devastation of climate change continues to grow.

5 Trends Transforming the US Energy Sector. Subscribe to the free weekly newsletter written just for retail energy buyers. This County In Oregon Completely Banned GMO Crops. Here's Why That Matters For The Environment. California's Gap: Who Gets Permits? Efficiency Technologies Ready To Set Sail. Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : Krulwich Wonders... Nutella Sparks War Of Words Between European Environmental Ministers.

EIA finds wind energy will have largest role in cost-effectively meeting Clean Power Plan. Low-cost, zero-emission wind energy will become even more valuable as states and utilities develop plans to cost-effectively reduce carbon pollution to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan, according to new economic analysis from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a nonpartisan branch of the Department of Energy (DOE). New Fund Will Help More Seattle Residents Build Rain Gardens. Waste to Energy Plants on the Rise - Forester Network.

Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change. Implementing Stormwater and Erosion Control Best Management Practices - Forester Network. Why Moby Wants You To Stop Showering. Climate Change Is Helping One Weird Pest Destroy More Crops. Your Fresh Fish Dinner Now Comes with a Dose of Prescription Drugs. How Science Denial Derails Scientists. Can Technology Save Africa’s Forests? This New San Francisco Corner Market Design Will Make You Crave Vegetables.

Ecos PowerCube® - world’s mobile, solar-powered generator for military and di... California Shows the World How to Stave Off a Climate Catastrophe. Is Seattle a model for sustainable cities, or just a mess? Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers. Across U.S., Heaviest Downpours On The Rise. 4 Years After Fukushima, How Is The Nuclear Industry Faring? When Will This West Oakland Neighborhood Get a Grocery Store? At Their Annual Gathering in Seattle, Urban Planners Confronted a Growing Housing Affordability Crisis. Port of Seattle Green Infrastructure Success. A solar future isn't just likely — it's inevitable.

VIDEO: How The Energy Industry Can Stay Resilient In A Collaborative Economy. This affordable housing complex has a solar farm on its roof. Capracotta, Italy Sets New World Record For Single-Day Snowfall. Solar Streets: New Roadways May Ditch Asphalt for Energy-Generating Sunshine ... Changing the Conversation About the Growth of Pacific Northwest Cities. Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes. We're Pumping So Much Groundwater That It's Causing the Oceans to Rise. It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?!

Debate on climate change should be over. Solar Streets: New Roadways May Ditch Asphalt for Energy-Generating Sunshine ... Energy Storage Paves Way for Electricity Independence. Battery Hackers Are Building the Future in the Garage. Coal-country states declare war on Obama’s climate rules. Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) Learning Resilience From Peru’s Ancient Civilizations. FEMA to deny funds to climate change deniers. The Pacific Northwest Can End the Free Lunch for Carbon Polluters. Your shower is wasting huge amounts of energy and water. Here’s what you can do about it. Citigroup sets aside $100 billion for green initiatives. What’s Your Climate Change Elevator Pitch? The Risk of Northwest Oil Spills. Boston’s Winter From Hell. Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill. 10 cities aiming for 100 percent clean energy. One GIF Shows the Coming Megadrought. This map shows where your state’s oysters are in trouble.

Study Finds Rising Levels of Plastics in Oceans. Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. This Company Will Pay You to Use Less Electricity. The WELL Building Standard: Buildings bonding us to nature. Tesla Is Devising a Way to Let You Power Your Entire Home. Breaking Down Bioplastics. Why is Harvard buying vineyards in drought-ravaged California? The Invasion of the K-Cup and its ‘monster’ environmental problem. WA State NDRC - Public Comment Documents.

Convertible Sleeping Bags Turn Into Insulated Tents for the Homeless. Naomi Klein on why low oil prices could be a great thing. Loving the Puget Sound to Death. States, Cities Brace for Global Warming Fallout. Investors Encourage Further Transparency, Standardization to Spur Green Bond Market Growth — Ceres. Organic Food Reduces Pesticide Exposure.

Before September 2015