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Latino Leaders in California Legislature Steer Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Bill onto Governor Brown's Desk

Posted August 30, 2014 by Linda Escalante in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans

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After several attempts to pass a California statewide ban on  flyaway single-use plastic bags, our state Assembly and Senate have made proud history by voting to turn our Golden State into the first of the 50 states to ban these...continued

The Pay TV Industry Has Tuned into Set-top Boxes that Waste Less Energy

Posted August 28, 2014 by Noah Horowitz in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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After years of ever-increasing energy use, the amount of electricity used by those black set-top boxes provided by the cable, satellite and telephone companies has begun to go down, according to a report published today. In fact, national set-top box energy use...continued

Cool Infographic: The 5 Largest Transit Systems in the U.S.

Posted August 27, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Folks at the  online Masters in Public Administration program at the University of North Carolina created an infographic about the history, capacity and future of the nation's five largest transit systems. Of course it includes D.C.'s own Metro, where we're enjoying new stops...continued

Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resources

Posted August 26, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Recently, the US Forest Service released a “Directive” which would guide how groundwater is managed by the agency.  They are currently accepting comments from the public on that Directive and now is the time to weigh in to ensure public...continued

What If Proven Benefits Alone Are Not Enough to Drive Industrial Energy Efficiency

Posted August 26, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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While cutting energy waste seems like a no-brainer for the industrial sector, a new research project suggests that even favorable cost savings, at a brisk rate, may be insufficient to drive deep deployment of energy efficiency in America’s factories and...continued

Scott River decision gives Californians one more tool to keep water in streams

Posted August 25, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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In a landmark decision, a California court recently declared that the public trust doctrine applies to groundwater if it alters benefits provided by navigable streams - benefits that include recreational boating, hunting, swimming, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. Groundwater itself...continued

Why San Francisco, New York and DC may be more affordable than you thought

Posted August 25, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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  Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.  When typical housing and transportation...continued

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Gives Me the Chills

Posted August 22, 2014 by Tracy Quinn in Living Sustainably

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Can one responsibly participate AND be water smart … even in an epic drought?! If you’re like me, your Facebook newsfeed has been filled with videos of friends, family, and celebrities taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (#alsicebucketchallenge)....continued

8 Questions for Every Water Utility after the UCLA Water Main Break

Posted August 14, 2014 by Ed Osann in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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The water and mud from the big water main break that flooded the UCLA campus in Los Angeles in late July left behind several questions that could be asked of every water supplier in the country.  Find out for yourself how...continued

Revised Water Bond Is the Right Response to California's Drought

Posted August 12, 2014 by Kate Poole in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A broad array of stakeholders and interest groups, including NRDC, joined Governor Brown today to call for action on a proposed water bond that is slimmed down, focused on a key set of investments, and far superior to the $11.1...continued

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