Iowa’s Kids Will Now Be Taught Accurate Climate Science In School

Read the full story at Climate Progress. The state that will host the first-in-the-nation caucuses and a Republican presidential debate in January of next year will be teaching its kids mainstream climate science in school. On Thursday, the Iowa State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, which set science …

The Midwest’s corn fields are even worse for the planet than we thought

Read the full post at Grist. This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how fertilizer from the Midwest’s big corn farms seeps into streams and causes trouble — fouling water supplies in Columbus, Toledo, Des Moines, and 60 other towns …

EPA Proposes New Measures to Cut Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

Continuing the Obama Administration’s commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing commonsense proposed standards today that would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the oil and natural gas industry. The proposal is a part of the Administration’s …

The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Download the document. The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks the world's largest economies on their energy efficiency policies and programs. The rankings include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Thirty-one different energy efficiency indicators have been analyzed …

Two upcoming WaterSense webinars

A for Assess: Setting Goals and Developing a Water Management Plan Thu, Aug 27, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3046252306454514433 Join us for WaterSense's second of four technical training webinars of 2015 for C&I facilities. As discussed in the first webinar of this series, water management planning starts with a facility …

DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on Successful LED Wall Washer Retrofit

Download the report. The U.S. Department of Energy has released a report on a GATEWAY demonstration, in which maintenance and energy costs were significantly reduced while retaining the quality of light when LED modules replaced 87 halogen lamps in existing wall washers at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The project began …

Ex-cons at LA Kitchen Feed the Hungry with Food Waste

Read the full story at Shareable. “Neither food nor people should ever go to waste.” This is the motto of the LA Kitchen, a project that recovers healthy, local food from the waste stream to feed the hungry and gives unemployed adults—particularly adults exiting prison as well as foster kids aging out of the system—culinary training. The meals they …