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Developing Cities Hold Big Key To Climate Action

1.28.15
Source: Climate Central, 1/15/15

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Cities -- the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas -- are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy. The trend is so steep that a new analysis projects that urban centers will be burning through three times more energy in the year 2050 than was the case in 2005. But what sounds like a threat could also be viewed as an opportunity. The new study, by five European and American researchers and published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pinpoints staggering potential climate benefits of smart growth, gasoline taxes and other measures that can reduce energy demand in urban centers, which is where a growing majority of the world's population is becoming concentrated and where most of its energy is used.


Green Chemistry Student Awards Deadline Approaching

1.21.15
Source: American Chemical Society, 1/20/15

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Are you a student looking to be recognized for your efforts in green chemistry research? If so, there are two awards administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute to look into.


Second Nature Launches New Video Series Featuring Network Leaders

1.21.15
Source: Second Nature, 12/14/14

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Starting in January 2015, Second Nature will be rolling out a new video series titled Sustainability Sit-Downs. The series, which consists of twelve interviews, features sustainability leaders from higher education, as well as non-profit and private sector organizations that work closely with colleges and universities.


Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student Privacy

1.21.15
Source: The New York Times, 1/11/15

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WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called for federal legislation intended to force American companies to be more forthcoming when credit card data and other consumer information are lost in an online breach like the kind that hit Sony, Target and Home Depot last year. The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would demand a single, national standard requiring companies to inform their customers within 30 days of discovering their data has been hacked. The president also proposed the Student Data Privacy Act, which would prohibit technology firms from profiting from information collected in schools as teachers adopt tablets, online services and Internet-connected software. And he will announce voluntary agreements by companies to safeguard home energy data and to provide easy access to credit scores as an "early warning system" for identity theft.


University combats food waste with compost, centralized kitchen

1.14.15
Source: The Post, 1/11/15

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Slightly more than $56,000 worth of food was thrown away at Ohio University last year -- but that's actually a lot less than what was wasted compared to three years ago, data show.


Best and worst of green sports in 2014

1.8.15
Source: GreenBiz, 1/1/15

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The sustainability movement in sports had both heroes and goats this year but overall, greening was a winning play.


EPA Announces New Energy Star Tool for Homeowners to Save Money, Energy This Winter

12.11.14
Source: US EPA, 12/8/14

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched its Energy Star Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy by improving the energy efficiency of their homes through recommended, customized and prioritized home-improvement projects. The updated Energy Star Home Advisor guides the homeowner through a "do-it-yourself" energy assessment to create an Energy Star home profile. Based on the newly created profile, the Home Advisor provides customized, prioritized recommendations for improvements. From these recommendations, users can create their own to-do lists of projects such as adding insulation to the attic or replacing an HVAC air filter.


Greener stadiums: Sports world sees the (LED) light

12.1.14
Source: GreenBiz, 11/26/14

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Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are both high performing and energy efficient, but they initially faced a slow adoption curve in the industry because of high costs. As the cost curve moves down, however, more venues are making the switch to LEDs.


New York Environmental Leaders (NYEL) Program Application Period Now Open

10.10.14
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 10/7/14

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) is pleased to announce the launch of the open enrollment period for the NYEL program for eligible businesses and organizations. The open enrollment period began on September 1st and applications will be accepted until October 31st.


We Don't Have to Ditch Capitalism to Fight Climate Change

9.25.14
Source: HBR Blog Network, 9/24/14

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We know how to address the problem of climate change, and it doesn't require ditching the market economy. Instead, it relies on harnessing it.


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