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Obama’s Spending Plan Pumps $260M into Water Technology R&D

President Obama’s budget includes almost $260 million to fund a water innovation strategy, which the White House says will boost water sustainability and reduce the price and energy costs of new water supply technology. It’s a mere drop in the bucket of the president’s $4.1 trillion spending request to Congress … Read more »

Inspector General: EPA Met or Exceeded Most Internal Climate Change Goals

The EPA adhered to most climate change requirements for federal agencies and in some cases exceeded its goals and requirements related to water use, greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy, according to the Office of the Inspector General. The EPA was one of only three agencies out of 25 reporting … Read more »

Efficiency Standards in Limbo

Why should sustainability professionals care who’s leading the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs? Because that function, part of the Office of Management and Budget, is tasked with reviewing federal regulations and, supposedly, “reducing paperwork burdens.” And because a number of environmental and energy regulations have been sitting at … Read more »

USGBC, Kohler, KB Homes Urge GSA to Stick with LEED Rating System

The US Green Building Council, along with 1,200 businesses and organizations that include KB Home, Kohler, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Sherwin Williams and the cities of Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco, has sent a letter urging the General Services Administration to continue to use the LEED sustainable building rating system. The … Read more »

EPA Delays Final Cooling Water Rule by Nearly a Year

The EPA will delay finalizing standards for cooling water intake structures at industrial facilities, giving power plants and factories almost a full additional year before they have to comply with a rule staunchly opposed by utilities. This is the third time in recent weeks the Obama Administration has delayed or … Read more »