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EPA Starts Fifth-Annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings
Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 10 launched the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge. Operators of more than 5,500 buildings nationwide are going head-to-head to reduce their energy use. Midpoint results will be posted in October, with the winner to be announced in April 2015. -- (full text)
[U.S. Department of Energy]

EPA releases report on revitalizing vacant and abandoned properties
Monday, July 28, 2014-- Managing Vacant and Abandoned Property in the Green Zone of Saginaw, Michigan, a new report from EPAs Smart Growth Program, can help communities facing the challenge of returning vacant and abandoned properties to productive use. The report is the product of EPAs one-year Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project with the city of Saginaw to develop a land use and infrastructure strategy for the section of the city hit hardest by population decline. The report outlines options for dealing with infrastructure in areas that are largely vacant or abandoned, and highlights opportunities for green infrastructure and long-term economic growth. -- (full text)
[US EPA Smart Growth]