As part of the Energy Department's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by the Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site, buildings.ideascale.com, will help technology innovators collect, share and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies.
Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for coal combustion products released are consistent with actions the Tennessee Valley Authority has already taken at the Kingston recovery project. The project area surrounding the Kingston Fossil Plant near Harriman, Tenn., is in the final restoration stage following the coal ash spill in December 2008.
Claim lessons learned from Fukushima ignored
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) filed their final reply with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) over a post-Fukushima safety issue that could affect the licensing of a second nuclear reactor at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Watts Bar nuclear plant in Rhea County along the Tennessee River. The organization believes that the NRC Staff has disregarded the NRC’s Fukushima Task Force recommendation to ensure that the Watts Bar reactor Unit 2 operating license decision takes into account updated information about seismic and flooding risks. While post-Fukushima investigations show that the Watts Bar site is subject to greater earthquake and flooding risks than it is designed to withstand, the NRC has postponed its analysis of these issues until after the reactor is licensed.
Nashville, Tennessee Wins National Cities Of Service Contest With Plan To Preserve Waterways And Mitigate Storm-related Pollution By Promoting Green Growth
"Storm Busters" is One of Four New Cities of Service Blueprints Outlining Steps for City Halls to Leverage Citizen Volunteers to Improve Local Life - Albuquerque, NM; Orlando, Fla., and Philadelphia Also Recognized for Successful Programs Supporting Families, Academic Success, and Sustainability Respectively
Cities of Service Executive Director Myung J. Lee announced the winners of the Cities of Service blueprint competition. Nashville, Tenn., under Mayor Karl Dean, was selected the grand prize winner for its strategy to protect the city's vast number of waterways from storm runoff and related damage through citywide coordinated restoration and resilience projects achieved with community partners and volunteers. Other cities recognized for successful programs that can be replicated elsewhere include Albuquerque, NM; Orlando, Fla., and Philadelphia. The winners were selected from 30 submissions earlier this year which proposed tested volunteer-based solutions to city problems. Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports mayors to leverage citizen service as a tool to drive public sector innovation and achieve measurable impact on pressing local challenges. Its coalition includes 201 cities in the United States and United Kingdom.