Planning a Park? Use a ‘Greenprint.’

Read the full story in Governing. They’re being used around the country to build better open spaces, but most urban planners still haven’t heard about them. See also The Greenprint Resource Hub, developed by The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and The Trust for Public Land. It is intended to help planners, policymakers, and the public learn …

Energy Efficiency in Capacity Auctions: A Historical Review of Value

Download the document. Regional transmission organizations use capacity auctions to ensure energy resources are available to meet future demand. This report synthesizes and analyzes data on energy efficiency in two annual capacity auctions: PJM and ISO New England. Focusing on results since the inception of both auctions, we examine the value that including energy efficiency …

Should School Cafeterias Be More Like Fast-Casual Restaurants?

Read the full story at Civil Eats. Although the story doesn't address it directly, I strongly suspect that programs like this also reduce the amount of wasted food. As students stream into the cafeteria at the Manassah E. Bradley Elementary School in East Boston, a buzz builds as they notice what’s for lunch. “It’s taco …

Weeklong Fellowship for Journalists to Focus on Climate Change Impacts & Covering Extreme Events

Do you have the knowledge and context to bring your news audience accurate, science-based stories about hurricanes, hazardous drought conditions, coastal storms, flooding and other extreme impacts caused by climate change? Would you like the tools, resources and understanding to investigate and break stories on important environmental issues? Call for Applications The University of Rhode …

More States Hatch Plans to Recycle Drugs Being Wasted in Nursing Homes

Read the full story at ProPublica. Inspired by a ProPublica story in April that described how nursing homes and their pharmacies nationwide throw away hundreds of tons of valuable medicines — and how one Iowa nonprofit successfully recycles them — two states are working to create similar programs. Other states, including Vermont, are exploring the idea as …