Starting in June 2007, home buyers in England will be able to look at an energy performance certificate [EPC] for the property before they purchase it. The assessment will advise consumers on which energy measures – ranging from insulation to solar panels – could cut carbon emissions from their home and improve their energy rating.
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One of the world’s largest pension funds has sold its Wal-Mart stock, citing the retailer’s “serious and systemic violations of human rights and labour rights.” Continue reading
A new study published this month in Social Science Quarterly has documented a correlation between Wal-Mart’s presence and higher poverty rates. Continue reading
A new law puts Minnesota on the path towards reducing its reliance on oil by embracing a transportation strategy based on flexible-fueled, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed into law H.F. 3718, the nation’s first law promoting plug-in hybrid, flexible-fueled vehicles.
This talk was sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and given at Book Expo America, an industry trade show, in Washington, D.C. on May 19, 2006. Continue reading
In July, the town of Homer, Louisiana, will become the latest in a string of small Southern communities where Wal-Mart has taken over the local economy only to skip town years later, leaving a withered tax base and no place to buy many staple goods. Continue reading
This 44-page pocket-sized directory — produced by ILSR for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments — lists 110 businesses reusing or recycling building materials in the Washington, DC region. It also includes Tips for Recycling Success at the Job Site and Frequently Asked Questions on how to recycle construction and demolition materials. June 2006 Directory… Continue reading
States and consumers can benefit dramatically by enacting appliance and equipment efficiency standards that will save more energy than recently enacted Federal standards. A recent study provides the roadmap and the estimates on the impacts that new standards will have for each state.
The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) has released of an assessment on the impact and issues related to the integration of wind energy into existing utility power systems. The key conclusion from the group is that they don’t see any fundamental technical barriers to wind energy penetrations of up to 20 percent of system peak demand.
Boundaries of democracy deserve deeper analysis by David Morris Originally published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 18, 2006 In its May 16 editorial, “We count on legislators to strike a balance,” the Pioneer Press asked “when and why should we vote?” Its answer? In the case of a Hennepin County sales tax to… Continue reading