Posts Tagged ‘EPA’

Building Blocks: 2013 Communities Selected

December 19th, 2012

Our Green Urbanism Program (GUP) announced the six communities to receive free neighborhood design consultation in 2013 with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

In the next year, four sustainability experts on our GUP team will conduct three-day visits to Montgomery, Alabama; Camden, New Jersey; Cary, North Carolina; Toledo, Ohio; Burlington, Vermont; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Then they’ll provide comprehensive recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes aimed at helping the communities build a future that is more resource-efficient, livable, healthy, and environmentally responsible.

The neighborhoods were competitively selected for the free consultations based on several criteria, including need for assistance, urgency, substantial upcoming projects, and community engagement.

Field Visit: Greening Lafayette, IN

May 16th, 2012

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Walker Wells and Hagu Solomon from our Green Urbanism Planning (GUP) department were in Lafayette, IN, this week for our neighborhood assessment. The team is using the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standard to help Lafayette make environmentally sound improvements for the community.

Lafayette is one of eight communities we selected to receive free consultations with a Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We have already made visits to Dearborn, MI, and Lakewood, CO.

Good coverage online of the Lafayette visit:

JC Online

WBAA (NPR)

WLFI

Weekly Rewind: March 26-April 1

April 2nd, 2012

ruffalo_colbert_reportGreen news stories we’re still talking about from last week.

Headline of the Week: “Forest scientists pit trees against each other in fight for survival” from Grist. Sounds like a summer blockbuster! (Grist story)

Video Clip of the Week: Mark Ruffalo shined “The Colbert Report,” where he discussed the dangers of fracking, his role as an activist, and more. (Post with video clip)

Good Grief — What An Awful Thief: Someone stole a statue of the Lorax from the California estate of Dr. Seuss. (LA Times story)

Capping It: The EPA proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution for future power plants. (ReportGrist story)

Field Report from Florida: Beth Galante and Camille Lopez attended the Energy Efficiency Global Forum to discuss our work to bring energy-efficiency to New Orleans with our NOLA Wise program. (Our post)

Money Matters: An “Economist” story revealed that by 2100, the cost of climate change will be nearly $2 trillion annually. (Economist story)

Green Screen News: “The Island President” documentary on sea level rise and climate change in the Maldives received lots of praise as it began showing in select cities. (TV interview with former President Nasheed of the Maldives)

Heart-Less, in a Good Way: GM Foundation stopped funding for the Heartland Institute, the group of climate change deniers. (LA Times story)

Concern on the West Coast: The San Onofre plant in Southern California was closed indefinitely following the recent breakdown of the large steam generators, and the release of radioactive steam. (Our post)

Weekly Rewind: January 23-29

January 30th, 2012

bl_loraxGreen news stories we’re still talking about from last week.

Hope for Clean Energy: President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on clean energy — hearing “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy” was certainly a highlight (more highlights and summaries on our blog). Then he elaborated on his energy strategies in Las Vegas (Huffington Post story).

I AM Winner: We had so many great I AM Challenge submissions, but we could only pull one name out of the hat to win. She is Felicia from Marina del Rey, CA, and she won two VIP tickets to our Pre-Oscar part February 22 (I AM winner post; Pre-Oscar party details and tickets).

Good Business: The United Nations launched an online database to help businesses adapt to climate change (Tcktcktck story).

Sunny Days: We talked to the Los Angeles Daily News about the rise of solar power in LA (LA Daily News story).

Good Protection: The EPA is providing clean drinking water to Pennsylvania homes in the fracking zone (ProPublica story).

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Activists: A fourth grade class got its wish after posting a petition asking the studio behind “The Lorax” to include environmental educational materials on the website for movie based on the Dr. Seuss classic (Mother Jones story).

Cleaning Up: The United States Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) completed the safe destruction of almost 90% of the 31,500 U.S. tons of deadly chemical agents that have been stored at military arsenals in the U.S. since the middle of the last century. (Our post)

Playing Dirty: Scientists were asked to downplay BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill rates (LA Times story). Even messier: An ex-employee says BP fired him for trying to clean up oil (Grist story).

Greening Neighborhoods: 8 Chosen Communities

December 21st, 2011
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Cities chosen for free green design consultations.

Earlier this year, Global Green was awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to help local leaders across the country implement green projects to make their communities more resource-efficient, livable, healthy, and environmentally responsible.

We accepted applications from local governments this fall and have selected eight towns across the country to receive free assistance. Lafayette, Indiana; Dearborn, Michigan; Eden Prairie, Minnesota; Greensboro, North Carolina; Lakewood, Colorado; Oakland, California; Louisville, Kentucky; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were selected for the free consultations based on several criteria, including need for assistance, urgency, substantial upcoming projects and community engagement.

“Cities are responsible for up to 70% of global warming pollution, but they can also be the laboratories for climate-friendly solutions that save money, improve health and quality of life,” said Walker Wells, Director of Global Green USA’s Green Urbanism Program. “We are excited to get started with these communities.”

Over the next six months, Wells and our other sustainability experts on staff will visit the communities and provide comprehensive recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes. We will be evaluating the communities using the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standard, a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable.

Our experts will visit each of the communities with other planning and sustainability experts from around the country, including Rami+Associates, Farr Associates, the Agora Group, and the United States Green Building Council. During each site assessment, the team will identify a neighborhood’s positive qualities, consult with community stakeholders in meetings and public workshops, and identify major opportunities to improve the sustainability of each neighborhood. Then the team will present recommendations for both physical and policy changes that may include street width reductions, ecological restoration, integrated energy and water infrastructure, new standards for in-fill and transit-oriented development, or zoning code revisions to allow for urban agriculture or mixed-use development. We will provide updates with each visit. Stay tuned…

What She Said: Lisa Jackson on the Environment and Economy

October 21st, 2011

” ‘Too dirty to fail’ tries to convince Americans that they must choose between their health and the economy, a choice that’s been proved wrong for the four decades that the EPA has been in existence. No credible economist links our current economic crisis — or any economic crisis — to tough clean-air and clean-water standards.” — Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson, responding to political backlash against the agency, in an op-ed in the LA Times

What She Said: Lisa Jackson on Clean Air and the Economy

September 7th, 2011

“When big polluters distort EPA’s proposals as a drag on our economy, they ignore the fact that clean air, clear water and healthy workers are all essential to American businesses. They also overlook the innovations in clean technology that are creating new jobs right now.” — EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, on her blog

EPA Hoorah: Green Jobs Grant for New Orleans

September 1st, 2011

bl_nola_lives_illustrationDuring a press conference in New Orleans yesterday, EPA Region Administrator Al Armendariz announced nearly $500,000 in grants awarded to NOLA organizations, including Global Green USA. Others receiving EPA grants for environmental justice, job training, and education grants: Louisiana Green Corps, Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association, and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

We will be using the $100,000 grant for a Green Jobs Pilot Program to provide job training for local youths and job placement with small construction contractors. Our new NOLA Wise program for energy efficiency retrofits with provide contractors and apprentices with a steady stream of employment — to help the further greening of NOLA while boosting the local economy.

A podcast of the press event is on the EPA site.

Does your child have the flu? Or could it be exposure to toxins in your home?

January 5th, 2011

New Orleans is known for its food, its music and its architecture, all of which have roots that are centuries old. All of these are good things, and in my mind great things. Except when it comes to old houses, old houses have layers and layers of old paint. The problem with old paint is Lead. Lead is costing us millions of dollars in medical bills and keeping New Orleans youth from having a chance to grow up in a healthy environment. » Read more: Does your child have the flu? Or could it be exposure to toxins in your home?