U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan Unveiled June 2
Posted: June 6, 2014
“The Clean Power Plan has two main parts: state-specific goals to lower carbon pollution from power plants and guidelines to help the states develop their plans for meeting the goals.”
The EPA is hoping to build on programs already working.
“Existing programs also recognize the interconnected nature of the power sector – looking from “plant to plug” to find cost-effective and proven solutions. For example, 47 states have utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs, 38 states have renewable portfolio standards or goals, and 10 states have market-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs.”
Quotes from: EPA FACT SHEET: Clean Power Plan: FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO CUTTING CARBON
Learn more through short videos, fact sheets or read the whole plan.
EPA will have public hearings and is taking public comment.
Green My WPB School Award Winner: Northboro Elementary School
Posted: June 5, 2014
Congratulations to Northboro Elementary School, the winner of the Green My School: WPB School Challenge Award!
This $500 award is given by the City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability in coordination with the PBC/FAU Green Schools Recognition Program to a school in the City of West Palm Beach which has achieved exemplary implementation of green initiatives through the program.
Launching officially in the Fall, the Green My School Challenge Initiative will provide support for West Palm Beach schools in gaining recognition through the PBC/FAU Green Schools Recognition Program. Visit the PBC/FAU Green Schools Recognition Program program’s website at www.ourgreenschools.com and contact Matthew Ferrer at 561.804.4984 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the Office of Sustainability’s Green My School Challenge Initiative.
WPB Green Business Challenge Coming Soon!
Posted: May 28, 2014
Launching 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 email@example.com
First Commercial PACE Project Funded By The Florida Green Energy Works Program
Posted: May 28, 2014
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.”