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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]

DOE Launches Microgrid Competition to Support Resiliency in Communities Across America
Wednesday, July 02, 2014-- The Energy Department launched the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across America. The Challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies which can continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. As part of the Obama Administrations Climate Action Plan, the competition advances the Presidents commitment to helping the nation prepare for the impacts of climate change. -- (full text)
[US Department of Energy]

EPA Releases New Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation
Wednesday, July 02, 2014-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a new policy statement on climate change adaptation to help the nation prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate. The policy commits the Agency to work with states, tribes, and local communities to increase their resilience to extreme weather events and prepare for the impacts of climate change. -- (full text)

EPA Proposes Updates to Reduce Methane, Other Harmful Pollution from New Landfills
Wednesday, July 02, 2014-- As part of the Presidents Climate Action Plan  Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health. The agency also is seeking broad public feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for existing landfills. -- (full text)