Climate change will deepen economic disparity in the U.S.

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Union County is tucked in northern Florida, half an hour north of Gainesville and an hour west of Jacksonville. It’s Florida’s smallest county, a mostly unremarkable landlocked stretch of pine forest interspersed with lakes. More than 15,000 people call it home, working largely in healthcare, transportation and public administration. …

Zero Waste Special Event Planning Guide: A Guide to Reducing Waste at Meetings, Conferences and Events

Download the document. Note that although the document was developed for Ohio organizations, most of the information is general enough to be useful to those in other locations. Ohio EPA's Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) developed this guide to help Ohio event planners reduce waste through recycling, composting and source minimization. It is …

Researchers working with sports venues to make them ‘greener,’ sustainable

Read the full story from Penn State University. Ecosystem and bioproduct researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working with professional sports franchises to make their venues "greener" and reduce the environmental impact of their events. Attaining the goal of sending no materials to landfills after sporting events -- instead composting some refuse left by …

When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think

Read the full story in the New York Times. As the world’s automakers place larger bets on electric vehicle technology, many industry analysts are debating a key question: How quickly can plug-in cars become mainstream? The conventional view holds that electric cars will remain a niche product for many years, plagued by high sticker prices and heavily …

When It Comes To Sustainable Development, The U.S. Is Failing (By A Lot)

Read the full story in Fast Company. When United Nations member states agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) two years ago, they were setting down a consensus view on the future of nations. The SDGs represent humanity’s best aspirations for national improvement, from curbing hunger and disease to reducing inequality and responding to climate change. And, in their …

New Congressional Research Service report: Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Paris Agreement

Download the document. The Paris Agreement (PA) to address climate change internationally entered into force on November 4, 2016. The United States is one of 149 Parties to the treaty; President Barack Obama accepted the agreement rather than ratifying it with the advice and consent of the Senate. On June 1, 2017, President Donald J. …