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DC Tops the EPA’s List for Most Energy Star Certified Buildings

Washington, DC Tops EPA’s List of Cities with the Most Energy Star Certified Buildings/Energy efficiency leads to a stronger economy and healthier environment EPA, March 30, 2016. Image credit: patticake1601 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its eighth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified […]

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New Supreme Court Appointee May Decide the Fate of the Clean Power Plan

Lisa Markowski for Zondits, February 16, 2016. Image credit: Mark Fischer (modified) Just four days before the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the SCOTUS voted 5-4 to put the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) on hold. The ruling will allow time for the lawsuits filed by twenty-seven states opposing the CPP to be […]

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Green Building Adoption Has Been Primarily a Big Building Phenomenon

Study Finds Significant Gap in Number of Large and Small Green Buildings ACHR News, July 31, 2015. Image credit: Stefan Georgi 62% of large buildings qualify as green, compared to less than 5% of small buildings Owners of small buildings have an opportunity to differentiate themselves by implementing energy-efficient practices, due to a significant gap between […]

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Recommissioning: A Hot Trend in the HVAC Commercial Market

Recommissioning Heats Up the HVAC Commercial Market ACHR News, August 24, 2015. Image credit: weinstock Recommissioning is currently a hot trend in the commercial market, according to members of the industry who frequently work with facility owners and operators. Because recommissioning enables facilities to substantially reduce their energy costs without making huge capital expenditures, there is […]

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The Final Clean Power Plan: A Historic Step in the Fight Against Climate Change

Fact Sheet: President Obama to Announce Historic Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants The White House, August 3, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures Today at the White House, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will release the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Obama Administration’s fight against climate change. BUILDING […]

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White House Categorically Rejects Biomass Fuels as Carbon Neutral

White House rejects biomass as carbon neutral Utility Dive, July 2, 2015. Image credit: markusspiske Dive Brief: The White House has issued a policy statement declaring its strong opposition to a House measure it believes would undermine President Obama’s ability to put environmental reforms in place, and specifically rejecting calls to declare biomass fuels as “carbon […]