2017 – New Bioways for Highways – Year Four

A three-year University of Illinois study of using grasses mowed along Illinois highways for energy has been funded for a large pilot implementation during 2017-18. The multi-disciplinary team estimated the state-wide practice could defray the cost of mowing and add more than $2 million in income for the funding agency -- the Illinois Department of …

Here Comes the Sun: A State Policy Handbook for Distributed Solar Energy

Download the document. The rapidly transforming energy sector presents a host of opportunities, such as increased resilience, cleaner energy technologies, a more efficient and reliable energy system, as well as greater flexibility, choice and control for consumers. One of the newer sector technologies driving this transformation is distributed generation, with distributed solar energy leading the way. …

How Vermont tackled farm pollution and cleaned up its waters

Read the full story from FERN and Eating Well. From Vermont’s Lake Champlain to rivers and oceans across the nation, waterways are being overloaded with pollution from farms. But Vermont took an approach that could be a model for states – especially now that the federal government is in regulatory retreat.

New York unveils state methane reduction plan with focuses on food waste, landfills

Read the full story at Waste Dive. Dive Brief: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a new multi-agency "Methane Reduction Plan" that is part of the state's goal to reduce energy sector emissions 40% by 2030, based on 1990 levels. According to the plan, landfills account for 58% of the state's methane emissions and 5% …

Green Report on Status of Environmental Agency Budgets

Download the document. State environmental agencies operate the majority of federally delegated and authorized programs and manage funds to implement related environmental regulations. In July 2016, ECOS sought state environmental agency budget data (EAB) for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. ECOS received 48 responses. This ECOS Green Report provides information …