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WPB Green Business Challenge Coming Soon!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Posted: May 28, 2014

rethink_business_logo_v1Launching in early August at e4 Rethink Business, the Green Business Challenge will be a year-long friendly competition open to all West Palm Beach businesses and organizations. The City of West Palm Beach is partnering with ICLEI, Office Depot, and GreenPSF to host a program which recognizes the greenest businesses in our City, and connects businesses with free resources to reduce energy, water, waste, and money. Businesses will be ranked based on the number/type of activities they complete as part of the challenge. This program is free to join and recognition will be provided via the City and Office of Sustainability websites, storefront labels/plaques, as well as a Green Business Challenge award ceremony in 2015. Currently, we are signing up businesses to become members in the Green Business Challenge. If you are interested in joining, contact Dmitriy Shvets at 561-804-4983 or dshvets@wpb.org


First Commercial PACE Project Funded By The Florida Green Energy Works Program

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Posted: May 28, 2014

FL Green Energy Works logo The Florida Green Energy Works program has funded its first commercial deal – and it is a perfect example of how PACE or ‘Property Assessed Clean Energy’ can spark sustainable investment in our communities.

The $45,000 retrofit is of a family-owned business property at 1101 North Tamarind in West Palm Beach. The work – new HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, windows & doors – is being done by a local contractor, Fastrack MCI, with energy consulting from Wind, Water and Energy Conservation. Funding is from local bank: Grand Bank & Trust of Florida. Together with a grant from the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), a rebate from FPL and the owner’s downpayment, the project will result in a $160,000 transformation of the entire corner of the block – and maybe the start of an economic development trend in the neighborhood.

“It was important for us to make an investment and do our part to make our section a better place,” said Frank Page, the owner of E&M Wine & Spirits. “PACE and the CRA gave us added incentive and ability to make this commitment.”

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The White House’s Third National Climate Assessment

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Posted: May 8, 2014

White House National Climate AssessmentOn May 6, the White House Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment about climate-change impacts across all U.S. regions and on critical sectors of the economy.

The report, a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat — it’s affecting us now.

John P. Holdren and Kathryn D. Sullivan, write: “For instance, the report finds that, on the whole, summers are longer and hotter, with longer periods of extended heat. Wildfires start earlier in the spring and continue later into the fall. Rain comes down in heavier downpours. People are experiencing changes in the length and severity of seasonal allergies. And climate disruptions to water resources and agriculture have been increasing.” From the May 06, 2014
10:30 AM EDT, What Climate Change Means for Regions Across America, on WhiteHouse.gov/blog.

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) Working Group III Report

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Posted: April 18, 2014

“Climate policies in line with the two degrees Celsius goal need to aim for substantial emission reductions,” Edenhofer said. “There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual.” From the IPCC April 13, 2014, press release.

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US EPA Releases EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

EnviroAtlasPosted: May 8, 2014

From the EPA Press Release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas is designed for people from all levels of government, professionals, researchers, educators, non-governmental organizations, and anyone interested in considering the benefits or impacts of a decision, such as siting a new road or city park.

“Our health and well-being, our economy and our security depend upon healthy ecosystems,” says Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator of EPA, “By providing EnviroAtlas, which contains a wealth of information for the United States, EPA is helping to ensure that anyone making decisions that may impact ecosystems will have the best available knowledge to build prosperous communities while conserving our natural resources.””

Click on the image to view the demonstration video or click here to learn more and access the tool.