Department of Energy and Partners assist Utility Sector Leaders in Making Firm Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Read the full press release from DOE.

More than 80 energy, environmental and other organizations announced commitments and public statements in support of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (NAPEE), released this week, which provides energy consumers and providers information on policies and techniques to save money as well as protect the environment. By adopting the plan’s recommendations on low-cost, under-used energy efficiency, Americans could save hundreds of billions of dollars on their gas and electric utility bills, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and lower the costs for energy and pollution controls.

Pesticides and Water Quality

This site uses clear, friendly language and pictures to describe how pesticides used in homes and gardens get into creeks and rivers and how pesticides affect water quality. Topics include safer pesticide use, alternatives to using pesticides, the toxicity of pesticides, tips on storage and disposal, and instructions on reading pesticide labels. Offers links to related regulatory information and agencies. From the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM), University of California, Davis. [Thanks to Librarian’s Index to the Internet for the pointer]

An Inconvenient Truth: Take Action

This companion to the 2006 documentary about global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” features suggestions for individuals to reduce harmful emissions at home and traveling and to advocate for changes locally, nationally, and internationally. Also includes an interactive tool to calculate your personal impact, 10 simple tips to reduce your impact, and links to related materials. Also includes links to details about the documentary. [Thanks to Librarian’s Index to the Internet for the pointer]

The Climate Group

Website for this “independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change. … based in the UK, the USA and Australia.” Features interviews with international business and government leaders, case studies about actions being taken by governmental and corporate actors “to minimize their carbon footprints,” and suggestions for individuals for reducing emissions (with links to related sites). Also includes links to news stories, online publications, and more. [Thanks to Librarian’s Index to the Internet for the pointer]

Too much manure?

Hear and read the full story from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium.

Today, we continue our series on pollution in the heartland. Dairy farms are getting bigger. Many keep thousands of cows in buildings the size of several football fields. These big dairy operations can make a lot of milk. That translates into cheaper prices at the grocery store. But some worry these large farms are polluting the land around them. In the fourth story of our week-long series, the GLRC’s Mark Brush visits a big Midwestern dairy farm.

This continues a week-long series on pollution in the Midwest. The other stories are:

Utility yields to state, vows mercury cuts

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Yielding to pressure from Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration, one of Illinois’ largest utilities has agreed to dramatically cut smog, soot and mercury pollution from its coal-fired power plants.

The deal between Ameren and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is the first sign that the state’s big coal utilities are backing off their unified opposition to stringent mercury rules proposed by Blagojevich in January in response to a Tribune series about mercury in fish.