Improved Building Efficiency Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Improved Building Efficiency Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Biden administration has pledged to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035, and in May, announced it would be developing new Energy Star standards to increase the adoption of efficient technology. A recent Yale study has found that increased building and appliance efficiency could save thousands of lives each year as a result of […]

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DOE Invests In Carbon Capture, Energy Infrastructure Improvements and Clean Energy Workforce

DOE Invests In Carbon Capture, Energy Infrastructure Improvements and Clean Energy Workforce

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm continues to charge ahead — yesterday announcing $52 million in grants to centers around the country that provide direct, hands-on, and free assistance to American manufacturers and wastewater treatment facilities to improve their efficiency, save money and reduce their carbon footprint.  The university-based centers situated all over the country train students and they, in turn, offer recommendations to manufacturing facilities for energy and water savings, waste reduction, productivity improvements, cybersecurity, and smart manufacturing opportunities for small to medium factories and measures their reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Why This Matters: These grants provide much-needed expertise to small and medium-sized businesses and at the same time creates a pipeline of new, clean energy jobs for students looking to join the clean energy economy.

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Biden Administration Flips Switch on Trump’s Inefficient Energy Policies

Biden Administration Flips Switch on Trump’s Inefficient Energy Policies

The Biden administration announced it is reviewing the Trump administration’s energy and water efficiency rules, potentially reversing policies that loosened standards for lightbulbs, showerheads, dishwashers, and other devices. 

Why this Matters: Many of former President Trump’s energy and water policies were not only bad for the environment but also cost-inefficient and burdensome for American consumers, so reversing or amending these rules could benefit customers as well as decrease emissions and water use.

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Smart Street Lights Could Save Money and Energy, and Cut Crime

Smart Street Lights Could Save Money and Energy, and Cut Crime

ities will spend $8.2 billion dollars on “smart street lights” in the next decade according to a new report. These lights are much more efficient than the lights currently in use across and have a variety of functions, including traffic data collection to save time and weather monitoring to improve forecasts. 

Why This Matters: “Street lighting can be up to 40% of a city’s energy bills, so you see huge cost savings across the board,” Benjamin Gardner, president of the Northeast Group, a smart cities marketing firm, told Axios.

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In the Biden Administration, “B” is for BIG

In the Biden Administration, “B” is for BIG

By Monica Medina, ODP Co-Founder and Co-Publisher The Biden administration is up and running. And if anyone in the country or the Democratic party thought the President would be a climate incrementalist they should think again. Like the Sesame Street bit or the Tom Hanks film, the word of the week in the White House […]

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A Climate New Year’s Resolution for 2021: Greening Construction and Building Operations

A Climate New Year’s Resolution for 2021: Greening Construction and Building Operations

A U.N. report suggests that a major impediment to carbon reductions and meeting the Paris Climate targets is the construction and building industry. Carbon dioxide emissions from building construction hit an all-time high in 2019, and the annual rate of decarbonizing buildings has been slowing.

Why this Matters: Building maintenance and construction create nearly 40% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, according to GlobalABC.

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