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Bristol Bay to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine Now

Posted September 8, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This week we’re running a series of ads in Washington, D.C. urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it’s essential that EPA...continued

Is it time to change the narrative about Detroit?

Posted September 5, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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   However improbable it might have seemed twenty, five, or even two years ago, Detroit could well be on the verge of a major turnaround that could make it one of the biggest success stories in urban America over the...continued

Going Back to School. Moving Forward with Solar.

Posted September 4, 2014 by Jay Orfield in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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While this may have been a tough week for some of New York’s school kids, who, in the last few days, have headed back to class, the school districts that educate them, just got some great news: A new, New...continued

The Era of Big Dams is Still Over (Even With the Water Bond)

Posted September 3, 2014 by Doug Obegi in Living Sustainably

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The potential for new water storage in California is in the news because of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, which includes $2.7 billion for new groundwater and surface storage  (and an additional $800M for...continued

Great news from Perdue Farms on reducing antibiotics

Posted September 3, 2014 by Jonathan Kaplan in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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 Let’s stand up and give a round of applause to Perdue Farms today.  The third largest poultry producer in the U.S. just announced that it is now raising 95% of its birds without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. ...continued

How three little letters can make such a big difference: LOS, meet VMT.

Posted September 2, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably

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If you prefer listening, or want to learn more, check out this Urban Solutions podcast. Jeff Tumlin of Nelson Nygaard, Chris Ganson of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and I connect the dots between California’s climate change laws AB32, SB375,...continued

The daunting challenge of unwalkable America (excerpted from People Habitat)

Posted September 2, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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  (Today’s article is excerpted and adapted from the 2014 book People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities, distributed by Island Press.) This won’t be breaking news to most readers, but Americans don’t walk very much.  Periodically,...continued

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

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