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Waste Management Awards $300,000 for 2015 Think Green Grants Program
Thursday, May 07, 2015-- Keep America Beautiful, the nations leading nonprofit that builds clean, green and beautiful communities, and Waste Management recently announced that $300,000 in 2015 Waste Management Think Green Grants are being awarded to 39 Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partner organizations across the country. This is the ninth year Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful have collaborated on community-based grant initiatives. During that time, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful have awarded more than $1.3 million in grant monies to affiliates and partners in support of more than 205 community service projects and programs. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Woodford County Schools in Kentucky Named Among Top Finishers in EPA's National Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition
Tuesday, May 05, 2015-- Woodford County Schools in Kentucky along with more than 5,500 individual buildings across the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico competed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's fifth-annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition: Team Challenge. Together, the competitors saved more than $50 million, cut their energy use by more than two billion kBtus, and prevented more than 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissionsequal to the annual energy use of more than 37,000 homes. Competitors reduced their energy use an average of six percent, equivalent to an average savings of nearly $20,000 per building. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

EPA Recognizes Efforts of More Than 400 Federal Facilities for Green Leadership: Reducing Pollution, Conserving Energy and Saving Money
Monday, May 04, 2015-- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the efforts of more than 400 federal facilities that took steps to reduce pollution, support renewable energy, and operate more efficiently in 2014 as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), resulting in an estimated cost savings to U.S. taxpayers of more than $24 million. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from participating facilities is equivalent to annual emissions from 190,000 passenger vehicles. -- (full text)

Knoxville Utilities Board, Partners Receive Extreme Energy Makeover Award
Monday, May 04, 2015-- A team from the Knoxville Utilities Board will receive $7.12 million as a first round award winner in the Extreme Energy Makeovers project, part of the Tennessee Valley Authoritys Smart Communities program. The KUB team included Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, city of Knoxville, Alliance to Save Energy and Libera Inc.The Extreme Energy Makeovers project focuses on homes that are at least 20 years old and located in lower-income communities. The projects goal is to achieve a 25 percent reduction in each homes electric energy use through cost-effective, whole-home retrofits, with an estimated total project savings of 1,000 MWh per year at approximately $10 per square foot. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

Organic Recycling Reducing Food Waste with Sustainable Choices
Monday, April 27, 2015-- Thirty-three million tons of wasted food is disposed of annually in U.S landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste is the highest component in waste streams at 21 percent. Organizations across Tennessee are using a multipronged approach to reduce food waste and help provide food security, steps that have multiple benefits for society and the environment. In 2013, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations Division of Solid Waste Management reported Tennessee counties diverted only 15.88 percent of food waste from landfills through composting. Composted material from residential, commercial, industrial and institutions totaled 141,085 tons leaving 747,394 tons of food waste to be landfilled. -- (full text)

Energy Audits Cut Costs and Reduce Emissions
Thursday, April 23, 2015-- Energy audits date back to the 1973 energy crisis, but they have dramatically increased with the growing interest in sustainability, climate change and energy conservation. Yet, according to one East Coast electric utility, nearly 90 percent of their customers have not asked for an audit. Learn more in the link below. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

15 Resources to Manage a Drought
Tuesday, April 21, 2015-- The 2012-2014 drought in California, according to an article in the Geophysical Research Letters, is the most severe of the past 1,200 years. In 2014 it resulted in a 6.6-million acre-feet (1 acre-foot = 43,560 cubic feet) reduction in surface water available to agriculture in 2014 and led to a crop revenue loss of $810 million! For local governments the situation brings into focus the important topics of water conservation, sustainability, climate change, energy efficiency, and environmental protectionnot to mention the related impacts on economic development and health and well-being. -- (full text)

Stay Informed through the US EPA GoGreen! Newsletter
Tuesday, April 21, 2015-- Americans want to help protect and improve the nation's land, water, and air. "GoGreen!" is a simple, text-only monthly newsletter from the US EPA summarizing recent news and info you can use to make a difference in your home, community, and workplace. Sign up to receive EPA's consumer newsletter, GoGreen! -- (full text)

Dissecting Atlanta's Southern Sustainability Stand
Monday, April 13, 2015-- Atlanta is a city of contrasts. It boasts a thriving business community  home to several major brands, including Coca-Cola, CNN and Holiday Inn  but also suffers from growing economic inequality. On top of that, Atlanta faces several other serious sustainability and resiliency issues. Although the American South isnt exactly known as a bastion of sustainability, the Georgia home to some 450,000 people is looking to lead the way toward widespread regional change. And it's a role Atlanta already has played historically. Atlanta also has its sights set on improving transportation and mobility, water management, sustainability planning, land use, community health and vitality and environmental education. P2C calls for the creation of 6,000 clean tech jobs by 2017, and establishing Atlanta as a hub for entrepreneurs. The city knocked this one out of the park  a total of 43,000 clean tech jobs were added to the metro-Atlanta workforce, the GRI report stated. -- (full text)

First-Ever Mandatory Water Reductions for Urban and Agriculture Across California
Thursday, April 09, 2015-- In response to the ongoing drought and record low snow in California, Governor Jerry Brown announced a statewide directive including mandatory water reductions, investment in new technologies, implementation of conservation pricing in water rates, increased reporting of water use data in the agricultural sector, and more. California is in its fourth consecutive year of drought, with 2012 through 2014 being the driest three-year period in the past 1,200 years. -- (full text)
[Sustainable City Network]

EPA Releases New Website Enabling the Public to Track Compliance Status of Public Water Systems
Wednesday, April 08, 2015-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) dashboard, a user-friendly website that presents data about violations and the compliance status of public water systems. The dashboard contains interactive charts and graphs that provide information regarding the compliance of public water systems with federal drinking water regulations, as well as enforcement actions. Learn more through the link. -- (full text)
[U.S. EPA]

Improve your community with the ATSDR Action Model Toolkit
Tuesday, April 07, 2015-- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) created the ATSDR Brownfields/Land Revitalization Action Model as a tool to help you make changes were you live  like fixing up old buildings or cleaning up empty lots. By teaming up with other people  like neighbors, officials, developers, and community supporters  you can work together to make lasting improvements in your community. This toolkit will help you learn how to use the Action Model. -- (full text)