Webinar: Can energy use data reduce electricity costs and environmental impacts?

December 9, 2015 -- noon-1 pm To watch the seminar live, connect to https://umn.webex.com/umn/onstage/g.php?d=749731945&t=a. Connection instructions are available here. Alexandra Klass, IonE Resident Fellow and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Law School; and Elizabeth Wilson, IonE Resident Fellow and Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs As state and local governments and electricity users attempt to improve …

Water desalination is here. But is it sustainable?

Read the full opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times. In a very dry state, turning to the sea as a source of water for drinking, bathing and irrigation has its attractions. Desalination is drought-proof — the ocean is one pond we can’t empty so quickly. It’s more expensive, but the cost is relatively stable, and …

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award

Letters of intent due: January 26, 2016; January 28, 2017; January 27,  2018 Applications due: February 26, 2016; February 28, 2017; February 27, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. Read the full solicitation. The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who …

Could Carbon-Labeling Products Help the Environment?

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. Wouldn't it be great to have carbon footprint labels right on the products we buy? That way, we could use our dollars to tell big corporations that we actually care about climate change. Unfortunately, according to a new experiment, adding so-called "carbon reduction labels" may not have any impact on …

Bees Bred With Some Special Genes Are Killing It

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. While the sight of a body missing one or more legs may cause most people to shudder, nothing makes Dan O’Hanlon happier—especially when the body belongs to a varroa mite. The tiny bloodsucking parasite has been terrorizing his beehives in West Virginia—and many others across the country—for decades. …

When to Use Native Plants in Erosion Control Projects

Read the full story at Forester Daily News. Julie Etra’s approach to the erosion control work her company does is simple to describe. It isn’t always easy to accomplish, though. “You shouldn’t know we were ever there. [The work is] so good that it matches what was there before,” explains Etra. Making a newly established …

7 ways to convince your state to make the most of the Clean Power Plan

Read the full post from ACEEE. Now that the final Clean Power Plan has been released and posted in the Federal Register, it’s time to get to work. By including energy efficiency in their compliance plans, states can reduce emissions and compliance costs while boosting local economies and reducing household utility bills. Many states are …