NREL cutting four percent of workforce, lays off solar researchers

Read the full story in the Denver Post. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden this week laid off 15 solar energy researchers and notified its workforce of plans to reduce its staff by another 50 to 60 people via buyouts, officials confirmed Wednesday. The cuts — which would amount to less than 5 percent …

New minor to be offered: Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program

Read the full story in Inside Illinois. Six academic units came together to offer the new Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program, a campuswide undergraduate minor through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment to promote systems-level thinking about energy and sustainability, and to foster the development of an integrated view of the economy, society …

Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz)

GIWiz, EPA's new green infrastructure information tool, offers you access to a repository of EPA-sourced Green Infrastructure tools and resources designed to support and promote sustainable water management and community planning decisions. The tools and resources available through GIWiz will help you analyze problems, understand management options, calculate design parameters, analyze costs and benefits, evaluate …

Chicago is about to get the world’s largest rooftop greenhouse, and it’s the size of an entire city block

Read the full story at Business Insider. In April, the eco-friendly soap manufacturer Method opened up its newest factory on Chicago's South Side. This is no ordinary factory — the $30 million space is equipped with three solar "trees" that move with the sun and a 230-foot-tall wind turbine. Combined, the on-site renewable energy sources generate a third …

13th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Solicitation Opening Date: October 06, 2015 Solicitation Closing Date: December 08, 2015, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time Read the full RFA at http://www2.epa.gov/research-grants/13th-annual-p3-awards-national-student-design-competition-sustainability-focusing The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications, P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, with the goal to research, develop and design solutions to real world …

Water Connection Charges: A Tool for Encouraging Water-Efficient Growth

Download the document. As many U.S. communities are struggling to support growing populations with limited water resources, very few of them are utilizing water connection charges to increase water-savvy residential development projects in their communities. So concludes a new report by Western Resource Advocates, Ceres, and the University of North Carolina's Environmental Finance Center evaluating …

Let’s Modernize Our Environmental Laws

Read the full op-ed in the New York Times. Last week the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled stringent new regulations on smog, and it’s crystal clear the agency has legal authority to impose these rules. The E.P.A. also recently announced an initiative to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, though its legal authority to regulate emissions …