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New York’s $25 Billion Housing Plan will make homes more environmentally friendly, affordable, and increase senior housing and homeownership

In April, New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul’s $25 billion housing plan in the FY 2023 State Budget includes a $25 billion for a five-year housing plan that will create or preserve 100,000 affordable homes across New York, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable populations. The Enacted Budget will also make continued major investments to build new supportive housing, preserve existing multifamily developments, construct new homes for seniors, create new opportunities for first-time homeowners, and improve energy-efficiency across the state’s current housing stock.  “Creating and maintaining affordable, safe, secure homes for New York’s families, seniors, veterans, adults with special needs, and individuals experiencing homelessness is a cornerstone of my administration and this year’s Budget builds on that commitment,” said Governor Hochul. “These comprehensive investments […]

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Federal watherization funding takes advantage of the clean energy to improve household energy efficiency

States and Territories Can Access $3.1 Billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Lower Utility Bills for Millions of Families with Energy Efficiency Home Upgrades Through DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program May 7, 2022 Last March, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will accept applications from states, Tribes, and territories for $3.16 billion in new funding through the Weatherization […]

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Carbon Reduction Program, created by the bipartisan infrastructure law, will fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas pollution

May 2, 2022 May 7, 2022 Ramona du Houx Since President Eisenhower’s massive investment that created our highway system Americans have been able to travel across the country in their own vehicle. However, as an unintended consequence, car-centric policies have also left us with choking traffic, polluted air and a climate crisis These car-centric policies leave us wide open to […]

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States sue to stop misguided USPS plan to spend billions on gas powered vehicles

Electric vehicles would reduce pollution and save the agency money over the long run May 1, 2022 Attorneys general from 16 states, the District of Columbia and environmental groups sued the U.S. Postal Service on April 28, 20222 to halt purchases of thousands of gas-powered trucks that only get 8.6 ils per gallon, only a small improvement over the 30-year-old vehicles currently […]

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Federal government opens up applications for $85 million in grants for locally led nature conservation projects

May 4, 2022  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Biden administration announced on May 4, 2022 a request for proposals for a grant program aimed at funding critical conservation and recreation projects across the country. The “America the Beautiful Challenge” grants will fund conservation and restoration projects for rivers, coasts, wetlands, grasslands and forests, among other critical ecosystems. In line with President Joe Biden’s America the Beautiful Initiative, grants will also help connect wildlife habitats through land and water corridors. A wide range of entities, including state and tribal authorities, territories, local groups and non-governmental organizations, will be eligible for the grant program, which is largely funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act enacted in late 2021.  Applications for […]

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DOE announces $45 million to develop more efficient electric vehicle batteries

May 3, 2022 Funding Will Support the Development of Advanced Batteries that Charge Faster, Have Greater Efficiency and Resilience, and Boost Consumer Confidence Against Range Anxiety  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on May 3, 2022 announced up to $45 million in funding to support the domestic development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Through DOE’s Advanced Research […]

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$3.16 Billion from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to boost domestic battery manufacturing and supply chains

May 2, 2022 DOE Funding Will Support Growing Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Demands Through Increased Battery Manufacturing, Processing, and Recycling WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $3.1 billion in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make more batteries and components in America, bolster domestic supply chains, create good-paying jobs, and help lower costs […]

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University of Maine System to divest from fossil fuels

May 2, 2022 University of Maine System, Bangor, is divesting fossil fuel investments from its $461 million managed investment pool of endowment assets. The system’s investment committee at its April 28 meeting approved goals connected with the divestment, including short-term goals of divesting from all directly held equity and fixed-income investments in fossil fuel-related companies by May 31 and to […]

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Actor and environmental advocate, Mark Ruffalo urges President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act for the climate crisis and national security

By Ramona du Houx April 28, 2022 Actor and environmental advocate, Mark Ruffalo, and Kevin Johnson, a military veteran- Board Director of the Environmental Defense Action Fund, were on MSNBC on April 11 to urge President Biden to prioritize clean energy independence. They requested that the president invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA). “Clean energy independence is the only real […]

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Germany gets ready to deploy more than 10 GW of new wind per year with historic package to combat dependency on Russian gas

April 26, 2022 The German Government passed the so-called “Easter Package”, the most profound series of changes to German energy policy since the introduction of competitive auctions in 2017. By 2030 Germany aims for 80 percent renewables in total electricity consumption. Already from 2025 onwards Germany wants to install 10 GW of new onshore wind energy every year alone. To […]

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State Rep. Grohoski proposes compromise to expand Maine’s clean energy economy

April 25, 2022 AUGUSTA – Rep. Nicole Grohoski, D-Ellsworth, proposed an amendment Monday to LD 1350, legislation focused on expanding Maine’s clean energy economy, in an effort to decrease the states reliance on fossil fuels and address climate change. LD 1350, proposed to support the requirement that 80% of Maine’s electricity come from renewable resources by 2030 and 100% by 2050, […]

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Janice Hahn receives Environmental Service Award

April 23, 2022  On April 21, Sierra Club leaders presented LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn with the Sierra Club’s Environmental Service Award. The award was given in the summer of 2021, but the in-person delivery was rescheduled for the day before Earth Day, due to COVID virus restrictions..  In attendance were Supervisor Hahn, Sierra Club national board member Meghan Sahli-Wells, […]

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Ocean Climate Solutions and Marine Protected Areas Require U.S. Leadership

From the Center for American Progress April 11, 2022 By Angelo Villagomez, Miriam Goldstein and Anne Christianson This week, the Our Ocean conference will take place in the Republic of Palau. Palau—like most Pacific nations—possesses a massive marine domain, making it one of many “big ocean states” scattered across the Pacific. While Palau’s land area would fit neatly within the borders of […]

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Biden has a plan for conserving our lands and seas for our future

March 2, 2022 Oped by Rev. Richard Killmer is a retired Presbyterian minister living in Maine In May 2021 President Joe Biden announced a significant goal for his administration. To slow extinctions, mitigate climate change and ensure equitable access to the outdoors, the president has embraced a plan to conserve 30 percent of U.S. land and 30 percent of its ocean waters by 2030. […]

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Remarks by Biden to release oil reserves and accelerate clean energy with the clean energy provisions in bill before Congress

March 31, 2022 Highlighted passages from President Joe Biden’s speech about releasing oil reserves and accelerating clean energy availability and production with the clean energy provisions of what was formally called the Build Back Better Act that could be passed by the Senate immediately. “Today, I’m authorizing the release of 1 million barrels per day for the next six months […]