UF researcher: Online tool helps make neighborhoods more bird-friendly

Read the full story from the University of Florida. When it comes to urban planning, sometimes a bird in hand is not worth two in the bush. Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have created an online tool to help planners strategically conserve forest fragments and tree canopy that …

Top Value Added Chemicals: The Biobased Economy 12 Years Later

Read the full post at the ACS Green Chemistry blog. In 2004, the United States Department of Energy published a landmark report titled “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass,” in which they highlighted a dozen molecules as the most promising framework molecules that could potentially replace commonly used petroleum-based molecular building blocks. These 12 biobased …

The no-brainer case for saving fuel economy standards

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Strong fuel efficiency standards make Americans' lives better. They save people money at the pump and encourage automakers to innovate so they can compete in the global marketplace. They reduce U.S. reliance on gasoline, which makes the country more independent, while cutting pollution and improving air quality. That's why …

Electricity: Status of Residential Deployment of Solar and Other Technologies and Potential Benefits and Challenges

Download the document. What GAO Found Federal and state policymakers have used a range of policies to encourage the deployment of solar systems and other technologies that allow residential customers to generate, store, and manage their electricity consumption. For example, federal tax incentives—such as the investment tax credit—have reduced customers' up-front costs of installing solar …