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CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) – A new study finds there is huge potential in Ohio to save families and businesses money on their utility bills through energy saving programs. This study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which examines reports from Ohio utilities as well as industry-standard programs that Ohio has yet to take into account, concludes the state has significant, cost-effective, and untapped energy efficiency potential just waiting to be utilized.
WASHINGTON D.C. (August 26, 2015) – As Subway marks its 50th anniversary later this week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today launched a national campaign urging Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain by number of locations, to publicly commit to phasing out the purchase of meats raised with the routine use of antibiotics. Many of Subway’s competitors, including McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and Panera Bread, and others, have announced major initiatives to eliminate routine use of antibiotics by their suppliers, leaving Subway far behind the pack.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 26, 2015) – A coalition of environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment.
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (August 25, 2015) – A New Jersey court today approved a settlement between ExxonMobil and Governor Chris Christie’s administration over damages due for decades of toxic soil and water contamination in the northern part of the state. The settlement gives the oil giant a more than 98 percent discount on the state’s original price tag for restoring and replacing the resources.
WASHINGTON (August 24, 2015) – The public-private initiative announced today by the Obama Administration will ease some of the worst impacts of climate change being felt in America’s low-income communities, where parents struggle to pay high energy bills and their children suffer from intensified cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases.
HARRISBURG (August 20, 2015) – Pennsylvania can strike a blow against climate change and meet its new federal target for cutting power plant carbon pollution by advancing wind and solar power, boosting energy efficiency and adopting complementary policies to help low-income communities, a new issue brief by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows.
SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 20, 2015) – California’s 40-year commitment to energy efficiency has saved Californians $90 billion on their utility bills, created hundreds of thousands of efficiency jobs, and will have avoided the pollution from 41 power plants by the end of the next decade, according to a new report published today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). However, the report cautioned that a major efficiency ramp-up is necessary to meet the state’s long-term climate and energy goals.
RICHMOND (August19, 2015) – Virginia can strike a blow against climate change and reach its new federal target for cutting power plant carbon pollution by advancing energy efficiency, boosting wind and solar power, and adopting complementary energy policies that help low-income communities, a new Natural Resources Defense Council fact sheet shows.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 18, 2015)—In another key step to combat dangerous climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed Clean Air Act standards for reducing methane pollution from new oil and gas production, processing and transmission equipment nationwide.
SAN FRANCISCO (August 12, 2015) – The California Energy Commission (CEC) today voted unanimous to approve new standards for showerheads that will go beyond the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense performance criteria.
The two-tier implementation of new standards will require that all new showerheads sold in California after July 1, 2016 will comply with the WaterSense performance criteria of 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm) maximum flow. After July 1, 2018, showerheads sold in the state will have to meet 1.8 gpm, still an ample flow for a vigorous shower. As new products gradually replace existing showerheads in the years ahead, water savings are expected to reach 38 billion gallons of water per year by 2028 – approximately the amount used each year by the city of San Francisco today.