Month: April 2019

Webinar: Quantifying Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

May 16, 2019, 1 pm CDT
Register here.

Are you a state, local, or tribal energy or air policy analyst?

Do you want to expand your ability to quantify the public health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs?

Are you interested in real world examples?

Join this webinar, the second in a series, devoted to quantifying the outdoor air quality-related health benefits of state-level energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. After a brief overview on the types of methods and resources analysts can use to quantify and monetize these benefits, you’ll hear from three analysts who used a range of basic to sophisticated methods to quantify the health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, programs, or technologies. For more on this topic, read EPA’s guide to Quantifying the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Speakers:

  • Denise Mulholland, Senior Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Joy Morgenstern, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Cassandra Kubes, American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy
  • David Abel, University of Wisconsin

Science Communication and Social Media for Science Resources

Interested in communicating science, particularly on social media? This list of links is a good place to start. It includes training opportunities, places to start, and why it’s important.

The Notre-Dame fire’s ashes could be used to 3D-print its new gargoyles

Read the full story from Fast Company.

A Dutch company promises that it can use broken stone and ash to print perfect replicas of its ornate stonework.

Conversational Commerce: How one digitally native brand baked sustainability into its DNA

Read the full story in Retail Dive.

An environmental focus doesn’t have to come at the cost of profitability, says Grove Collaborative CEO Stu Landesberg.

Philly to stop incinerating recyclables by the end of the month

Read the full story from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

By the end of the month, Philadelphia says it will stop incinerating half its recyclables — a practice brought on after China stopped taking recycling from the United States.

Alaskan seashells reveal a changing Arctic

Read the full story from the University of Chicago.

Climate change results in warmer ocean temperatures, melting glaciers and more extreme weather patterns. Scientists have also observed its effects on the clams, snails, worms, crabs, urchins, starfish and more living on and in the deep seafloor off Alaska, as the ecosystem shifted from arctic to sub-arctic within the last few decades.

Now, scientists at the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences have found that seashells from these creatures show the same major regime change in Alaskan waters, where the ecosystem has shifted from arctic to sub-arctic within the last few decades. It is the first time that anyone has tracked ecosystem changes through seashell samples alone—and scientists hope it will offer a new tool to track climate change in regions where animal populations haven’t been documented as fully.

New I-JEDI Online Tool Examines Jobs and Economic Impacts of Clean Energy Around the World

The USAID-NREL Partnership has launched the new International Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (I-JEDI) website, which houses the I-JEDI tool. I-JEDI can estimate the potential economic impacts of wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy projects. Countries represented in the I-JEDI tool include Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, and Zambia. It can be used by industry, governments, and other stakeholders to assess potential economic impacts of transitioning to clean energy, such as:

  • Employment
  • Earnings
  • Gross domestic product
  • Output other economic impacts from the construction and operation of renewable energy projects, including across the domestic supply chain.

The website also provides expertly curated resources such as an “Ask an Expert” feature, online training videos, a user guide, and resources to help stakeholders understand and interpret how the I‑JEDI tool can be used to support decisions related to the transition to clean energy.

You don’t have to be an expert to use the I-JEDI tool. Its interface allows users of varying expertise to work with the model. First-time users can quickly obtain and interpret results, but users with more experience and sophisticated, detailed knowledge about projects will be able to tailor their analyses.

Visit the I-JEDI website to learn more about how I-JEDI resources have been used to inform decisions across the globe.

The I-JEDI website and resources were developed through the USAID-NREL Partnership.

WA: 1-800-RECYCLE gets a new online database

Read the full story from the Courier-Herald.

If you’re ready for a little spring cleaning, the Washington state Department of Ecology wants you to know they’ve revamped their 1-800 number to help you out.

According to an April 22 press release, Ecology’s 1-800-RECYCLE line has been helping state residents search for recycling drop-off services or even for collectors who will pick up your hard-to-recycle items.

But now, there’s a new online 1-800-RECYCLE database that includes 1,578 different Washington recycling services you can search for to recycle 70 different items like large appliances like dishwashers, water heaters, stoves, washing machines, and dryers.

 

New OceanReports Tool Brings Ocean Data to Your Fingertips

Read the full story from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

A new, web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give everyone from ocean industries to coastal managers, students, as well as the general public, the opportunity to be an ocean explorer right from their own computer.

The new OceanReports web tool, available at https://marinecadastre.gov/oceanreports, provides users specialized “ocean neighborhood analyses” including maps and graphics by analyzing more than 100 ocean datasets instantaneously.

Community Solar LibGuide

Community solar projects use cost-effective technologies and proven operations models to generate clean energy, revenues for municipalities, and savings for their residents and businesses.

With access to the resources in this guide, municipalities and lawyers will understand community solar opportunities options, and benefits. In addition, lawyers who have had limited experience on such projects can draft agreements and explain laws to assist municipalities implement community solar.

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