Day: October 10, 2019

Paris Has Opened Its First Green Cemetery

Read the full story in City Lab.

The city has devoted a section of its Ivry-sur-Seine cemetery to lower-carbon, chemical-free burials—with wooden grave markers used in place of tombstones.

Sweeping Study Raises Questions About Who Benefits From Buyouts Of Flood-Prone Homes

Read the full story from NPR.

A broad analysis of federal records finds that homeowners hoping to relocate out of flood zones in the U.S. don’t have equal access to the main source of federal funding meant to help them.

Webinar: Tools to Guide Congregations and Communities Through the Energy Transition

Tue, Oct 15, 2019 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM CDT
Register here

This webinar will introduce The Sustainability Education and Energy Knowledge-sharing (SEEK) Project, an action research project of the Spirituality and Sustainability Initiative at ASU, and demonstrate the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® for Congregations program.

Both programs are designed for congregations, but can be used by any community seeking a framework and tools to help accelerate their energy transitions. SEEK uses a novel model for leveraging existing assets and in-kind resources from multi-sectoral partners (universities, congregations, commercial energy professionals, federal programs and local leaders) The EPA’s ENERGY STAR® for Congregations program has assets that also can be used across communities. Its free online tools, training and technical services are designed to support energy and water stewardship in worship facilities but apply to any facility.

Webinar participants view methods to measure their individual and collective impacts on energy usage, migration to renewable energy products and services, greenhouse gas emissions, energy expenditures, and reinvestment of cost savings into social service.

Two SWCDs to update watershed plans with IFB help

Read the full story in FarmWeek.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in McLean and Vermilion counties will be updating watershed plans for drinking water sources with funding support from Illinois Farm Bureau.

Buying less is better than buying ‘green’ — for the planet and your happiness

Read the full story from the University of Arizona.

A new study found that people who consume less are happier than those who engage in other pro-environmental consumer behaviors, like buying environmentally friendly products.

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Residual Risk and Technology Review; Reopening of Comment Period

On August 16, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Residual Risk and Technology Review.” The EPA is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that originally closed on September 30, 2019. The comment period will remain open to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposal.

New closing date for comments: November 7, 2019.

Rare warming over Antarctica reveals power of stratospheric models

Read the full story in Nature.

Improved understanding of conditions in the stratosphere are helping to produce more-accurate short-term climate forecasts.

Green roofs can make cities healthier and happier. Why aren’t they everywhere?

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The green roof market is growing, but there are hurdles facing this promising form of architectural sustainability.

Big Box Stores Barreling Towards Solar

Read the full story at Environment & Energy Leader.

Well-known retailers such as Target and Walmart are adopting renewable energy initiatives like solar at an unprecedented rate. In June, Target announced it would commit to sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The company expects this domestic operations goal to help them power stores, distribution centers, and offices more sustainably. But according to a recent New York Times article, by the end of this year, the company will have achieved 25% of its mission to attain 100% renewable electricity in its stores — showing the big box retailer is ahead of schedule.

The benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure

Read the full story from Iowa State University.

The massive underground infrastructure that allows farmers to cultivate crops on much of the world’s most productive land has outlived its design life and should be updated, according to a new study. Installing higher-capacity pipes and conservation practices would yield a wide range of production and environmental benefits.

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