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Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Improve the Energy Efficiency of US Commercial Buildings

 

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001168

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Buildings Integration Program has announced the availability of nearly $9 million for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001168, “Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings.” The FOA encourages investments in energy-saving upgrades that can be widely adopted in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other commercial buildings.

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ACEEE: Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State, While Arkansas, D.C., Kentucky, and Wisconsin are Most Improved

Top 10 States are MA, CA, RI, OR, VT, CT, NY, WA, MD, and MN; 5 States Most in Need of Improvement are ND, WY, SD, MS, and AK

Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Which States are America's 2014 Energy Efficiency Leaders?

ACEEETop 10 States, 4 Most Improved States and 5 States Needing Most Improvement to be Highlighted: AK, AR, CA, CT, KY, MA, MD, MN, MS, ND, NY, OR, RI, SD, VT, WA, WI, WY, and District of Columbia.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will hold a phone-based national news event at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to issue the 2014 edition of its closely watched State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  The major news event ranking the 50 states and D.C. will feature the Governor of Massachusetts and the president of the National Association Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

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New Article Features 50 Affordable, Eco-friendly Colleges

Fifty of the most affordable and ecologically-sound U.S. colleges are ranked in a new web article by Best Choice Schools.

College students who are concerned with environmental issues can now explore 50 of America's "greenest" and cheapest universities in a new web article by Best Choice Schools. The "50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly Colleges" in the article are all recognized leaders in energy conservation and sustainability, and they all charge tuition fees less than $25,000 per year. Best Choice Schools' website is a multifaceted guide to the most efficient education path for each individual, and the new feature provides a concise list of eco-friendly options.

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USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers

Changes Increase Eligibility and Financing Options for Hard Working Families

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required "farming experience" to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.

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Drawing a Line in the Sand: Partisanship & Environmental Issues in U.S. Coastal Regions

Environmental Views from the Coast: Public Concern about Local to Global Marine IssuesThe effects of human activities on marine environments along the United States coasts are easily observed. Less apparent, however, are the perceptions of locally focused marine issues by coastal populations living under a variety of social and environmental influences. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire conducted a multiregional study of coastal Americans, finding concern levels regarding environmental issues swayed by (1) local matters such as employment and local society-environment relations, (2) age, gender, and education, and most importantly, (3) ideological influences such as political party. Their results are now available in a free access article from Society and Natural Resources, titled “Environmental Views from the Coast: Public Concern about Local to Global Marine Issues.”

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