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Pollution Prevention: Where Sustainability Begins

Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s true—stopping something bad from happening is easier than fixing it later. This is the core concept behind the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution prevention efforts. Reducing the amount of pollution produced means less waste to control, treat, or dispose of.

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Solar can bring together political left, right

Solar can bring together political left, rightI’ve heard Duke Energy being referred to as the devil in the past – this was mostly among environmentalists who believe that the corporation’s bullying tactics and undying love for fossil fuels is not in the best interests of ordinary North Carolinians.

But their recent actions against a small church in Greensboro leaves one to wonder if the moniker isn’t true. Duke is pulling out the stops as it goes after this church and the nonprofit organization that helped them install solar on their roof because it infringes on their monopoly, asking for a $1,000 per day penalty. One could say that the company has finally gone over the line as this time they’re going after God.

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Sustainable Economics for Savvy Business Leaders

Whether you’re running a business or a household, balancing capital costs with operating expenses is one of the most integral elements of your spending strategy. Yet too often, the product and service choices that we make overlook lifetime analysis for the seductive appeal of low upfront cost. Remember the time you purchased the discount coffeemaker for the office kitchen that didn’t last 6 months? We’ve all done it. The lowest cost choice can equate to lower quality – resulting in failures, insufficient performance, shorter lifetime, limited functionality and an array of other compromises to your overall experience. The fluorescent light shown in this video is a prime example of this.

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Greenhouse Gases a Growing Factor in Coastal Flooding

The recent ‘king–tide’ (extreme high-tide) flooding was an eye-opening event to witness. According to official reports, these were the highest waters on our coast ever recorded in the absence of a hurricane.

In addition to heavy rains there were other factors, and one of particular significance. Besides moderate offshore winds that were blowing landward, as coastal development continues, there are increasing areas of pavement and other impervious surfaces that shed storm-water into low-lying areas.

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Atlanta’s Commute is Driving Climate Change Home

Atlanta drivers face the worst commutes in the entire country. With both population and suburban sprawl on the rise, it’s not going to get better without active change.

The City of Atlanta and its transportation woes are synonymous. Almost three quarters of city residents responding to a recent Atlanta Regional Commission poll rated traffic as “the biggest problem facing residents in the metro Atlanta area.”

And the city isn’t simply time-crazed. Atlanta drivers spend more hours commuting than residents of any other U.S. city. This is partly due to poor city infrastructure. Georgia spends less dollars per resident on transportation than almost any other state.

And our cars are pumping carbon dioxide at an alarming rate. Dr. Jairo Garcia, City of Atlanta’s Sustainability Management Analyst, watches the numbers, such as vehicle miles travelled (VMTs), every day. It’s his job to take climate science and apply it to citywide policy.

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Growing the economy while tackling climate change

Marilyn Brown, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Institute of Technology

Since the Industrial Revolution, the atmosphere has been the world’s principal repository for carbon pollution, providing a free-for-all approach to waste management that has resulted in global climate change with serious consequences for human and environmental health.

Responding to the need for action, two major climate milestones occurred this summer.

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Don’t reverse progress toward healthier school lunches

Don’t reverse progress toward healthier school lunches

As parents, you trust your family pediatrician to help you make informed choices about your children's health — not politicians or special interests. That's why when developing the first meaningful improvements to school meals in 30 years, we turned to the people who care the most for kids, including pediatricians and other respected health, nutrition and school meal professionals.

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NEXTGEN Climate Calls on Candidates and Elected Officials to Lay Out a Plan to Achieve More Than 50% Clean Energy by 2030

Transition to Clean Energy Economy Will Prevent Climate Disaster, Strengthen Economy and Create Jobs

NextGen Climate Founder and President Tom Steyer called on candidates and elected officials to tackle climate change head-on and lay out a plan to power our country with more than 50 percent clean energy by 2030 and put us on a path to a completely clean energy economy by 2050.  

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AEE: EPA Can Use Advanced Energy to Hold Down Costs for States That Do Not Submit Plans for Carbon Reduction

Under Clean Power Plan, Utilizing Market-Based Credit Trading Would Allow Power Plant Owners To Meet Targets through Advanced Energy Measures that Reduce Emissions at Low Costs in States Where EPA Imposes a Federal Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's backstop plan for states that fail to craft their own strategies to comply with EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan can make full and effective use of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other advanced energy technologies to lower the costs of reducing carbon emissions, according to Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association.

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Supreme Court Mercury Decision Not a Real Game Changer

Supreme Court Mercury Decision Not a Real Game ChangerIn a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States sent the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule back to a lower court for review. Justice Scalia wrote the majority opinion, which hinged on an interpretation of administrative law requirements and did not overturn EPA’s ability to regulate hazardous air pollutants from power plants.

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