Appreciating the Value of Sustainability in Health Care

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“Hospitals and care systems that pursue sustainability initiatives find benefits in multiple areas,” noted a 2014 report from the American Hospital Association and the Health Research and Educational Trust, Environmental Sustainability in Hospitals: The Value of Efficiency.

Rural Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project

This project, funded by the Rural Utilities Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, has allowed the Iowa Waste Reduction Center to provide free on-site, hands-on technical assistance to Iowa food waste generators in select rural counties of Iowa. Multiple types of assistance has been made available to entities in the selected counties.

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A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

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We often associate climate change with too much water — the melting ice caps triggering a rise in sea levels. Now a new World Bank report says we also need to think about too little water — the potable sort.

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy examines the future effects of diminishing water supplies on the world. “Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems,” researchers write. “Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand for water rises exponentially, while supply becomes more erratic and uncertain.”

Accelerating Building Efficiency: Eight Actions for Urban Leaders

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This guide provides local governments and other urban leaders in cities around the world with the background, guidance, and tools to accelerate building efficiency action in their communities. The primary intended audience is local government officials in urban areas.

Center for Corporate Climate Leadership Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidance

The Center for Corporate Climate Leadership’s Greenhouse Gas Guidance is based on The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (GHG Protocol) developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Organizations are encouraged to consult the GHG Protocol for foundational guidance on GHG accounting principles, defining inventory boundaries, identifying GHG emission sources, defining and adjusting an inventory base year, and tracking emissions over time.

The Center has developed specific GHG guidance meant to extend upon the GHG Protocol, to align more closely with EPA-specific GHG calculation methodologies and emission factors, and to support the Center’s GHG management tools and its Climate Leadership Awards initiative.

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This is how cities of the future will get their energy

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In the global effort to fight climate change, cities have some of the greatest potential– and the greatest imperative — to make a difference. With an increasing global migration into the world’s urban areas, which are expected to support at least two-thirds of the total human population by 2050, experts have argued that cities have no choice but to transition toward low-carbon systems if they’re going to remain sustainable.

Energy will need to be a primary focus of that effort. From the expansion of renewable energy sources to the adoption of cutting-edge energy efficiency and storage technologies, cities have the opportunity to drastically reduce their carbon footprints.

This is the focus of a new paper, published Thursday in the journal Science, that discusses the ways cities can integrate renewable energy, as well as energy-saving technologies, into the urban landscape. This can be a challenge, given that cities — with their closely packed buildings and dense populations — don’t always lend themselves to traditional renewable techniques. It’s not exactly practical to fit an acres-long solar panel array in the middle of Shanghai, for instance, or to place a 200-foot-tall wind turbine in downtown New York City.

EPA’s Newest Environmental Justice Strategy Available for Public Review

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Our vision and goals for 2020 were informed by the input we have received from the communities we serve, our partners and all stakeholder groups. Last year, we conducted extensive outreach and sought input on the draft framework for the EJ 2020 strategy.  Today, we share the final draft of the EJ 2020 Action Agenda for a second round of input and public comment.  In sharing the details of EJ 2020, we invite your feedback on how to make it a stronger strategy, as well as your thoughts on how we can best implement its commitments. To review the final draft of EJ 2020, please visit EPA’s EJ 2020 website- https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/ej-2020-action-agenda.