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EPA Reveals Cities with the Greenest Homes

EPA Reveals Cities with the Greenest Homes | green streets | Scoop.it

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is, no surprise, all about keeping things green. What better way to do so than knowing exactly which cities boast the greenest buildings?

According to the EPA, to qualify on this list the buildings have to “make real commitments” day in and day out. Commercial buildings make up 45 percent of America’s greenhouse gas emissions and half of all energy use—in other words, a green building can make a big impact. With a supersized carbon footprint, people who share their space with more environmentally conscious buildings can get an extra boost of benefits themselves, such as cleaner air.

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2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA | green streets | Scoop.it
A food store in Vermont, rezoning in Portsmouth, and five other neat efforts.

'The Environmental Protection Agency announced seven winners of its 2012 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement recently. As I have noted in the past, the smart growth awards are given for creative, outstanding initiatives that protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening local economies...'

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National Award for Smart Growth Achievement | US EPA

National Award for Smart Growth Achievement | US EPA | green streets | Scoop.it

For the past 10 years, the EPA has presented this coveted award to communities that are committed to creating healthier, safer and more economically and environmentally sustainable places to live, work and play. This year's winners highlight the exceptional depth and diversity of smart-growth practices across the nation.

The projects demonstrate the extraordinary value of working together to ensure that new developments create opportunities accessible to everyone. These are communities that work — for residents, for businesses and for the local economy. They are also the kinds of places that the EPA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation work together to foster through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This federal collaboration aligns environmental, housing and transportation initiatives to get the most out of every dollar we invest and to facilitate the kinds of success stories being honored with these awards...

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How Brownfield Redevelopment Reduces Pollution

How Brownfield Redevelopment Reduces Pollution | green streets | Scoop.it

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has released a comprehensive research report demonstrating that redevelopment of contaminated industrial sites in inner cities brings substantial environmental benefits. The agency studied 163 brownfield sites in five cities, comparing their impacts with those of sites where development was likely to go had the brownfields not been available.

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Greening America's capital cities | Natural Resources Defense Council

Greening America's capital cities | Natural Resources Defense Council | green streets | Scoop.it

The Environmental Protection Agency sponsors an innovative planning program designed to help bring more green infrastructure and green building practices to our country’s state capitals, making them simultaneously more environmentally resilient & more beautiful.


Implemented with EPA’s cohorts in the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities - the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development - Greening America’s Capitals launched in 2010 and thus far has been selecting five capitals each year for design assistance.

The idea is that these particularly prominent communities are inevitably ambassadors of a sort for their respective states and for other cities.  Indeed, elected representatives and their staffs – leaders, by definition – from all across their states work at least part-time every year in the capital cities.  What they experience there, good or bad, imparts observations and lessons that can be taken back to the representatives’ home districts or even incorporated into statewide policy.  There are also many visitors to state capitals for business or pleasure, each forming and taking away impressions.

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Cities will convert 260 million tons of waste to energy | SmartPlanet

Cities will convert 260 million tons of waste to energy | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it
New research shows an increase in energy generation from waste.

As urban populations continue to grow so will the amount of waste produced by cities. But with landfills reaching capacity cities are looking for alternatives.

One solution that is becoming more popular with cities is a system to convert waste to energy. According to a new report from Pike Research, in 10 years cities will convert at least 260 million tons of waste to base load power or heat each year. That number could reach as much as 396 million tons per year or 429 terawatt-hours of power...

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E.P.A. Offers $1.8 million in Urban Green Infrastructure Grants

E.P.A. Offers $1.8 million in Urban Green Infrastructure Grants | green streets | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) is offering up to $1.8 million in new grants for urban green infrastructure projects that both improve water quality and support community revitalization.

Projects that support the restoration of canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans qualify.

The E.P.A. argues that improving urban water quality is central to sustainable urban development. “Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, employment and social opportunities in nearby communities. By promoting public access to urban waterways, E.P.A. will help communities become active participants in restoration and protection.”

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