Webinar: Achieving Greater Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program for state and local officials, this webinar shares strategies to put existing public buildings on the path to becoming high-performance buildings. The webinar will give an overview of a new guide being developed by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and regional stakeholders filled with low- to no-cost strategies to reduce energy and water consumption, maintain renewable energy systems, commission your existing buildings, select environmentally friendly materials, and more.

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White House’s sustainable communities efforts covered in City Limits

City Limits magazine recently published a piece on the Obama Administration’s urban policy work, arguing that significant change has been happening — but most of it is flying below the radar of the press and public. The article provides information on the Sustainable Communities Partnership, discusses some projects that the Partnership has funded, and provides background context for urban-focused federal efforts to encourage sustainable communities.

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New report shows gasoline taxes do not cover highway costs

Opponents of efforts to move toward a more sustainable transportation system commonly claim that roads pay for themselves, while other modes of transportation do not. To answer those claims, U.S. PIRG has released a report entitled “Do Roads Pay For Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding.” PIRG argues, “Highways do not – and, … Continued

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Webinar: Overview of the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

From Enterprise Community Partners: This session provides an overview of the 2011 updates to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, a set of green building criteria developed for all affordable housing developments across the country. The Criteria is the foundation of the Enterprise Green Communities program and focuses on smart land use, energy and water conservation, … Continued

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Webinar: Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries (Part 4)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health, and explains what … Continued

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Webinar: Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Transportation (Part 3)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health, and explains what … Continued

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Webinar: The Health Benefits from Active Transportation (Part 2)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health, and explains what … Continued

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Webinar: Community Health and Transportation Planning (Part 1)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health, and explains what … Continued

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Webinar: The Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot: Early Implementation and Future Directions (Feb. 17)

The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) is hosting a webinar on February 17, 2011 from 2:00-3:30pm addressing the recent EPA Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot program. From NALGEP: In 2010, EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization established the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program (AWP) and selected 23 pilot communities from across the … Continued

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GSA seeks to lead the way on sustainable building practices

A new article in National Geographic details the efforts of the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to improve sustainability in federal buildings, with the help of $4.5 billion in ARRA stimulus funds. The federal government leases or owns 500,000 buildings nationwide. So far, GSA has awarded 70 solar photovoltaic projects, projects for advanced electricity metering … Continued

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