Sustainability News

Sustainability News

Various news items dealing with different aspects of sustainability around the country and internationally, including developments in practices, policies, legislation, campaigns and science.

Also, look for sustainability news dealing with specific issues or places can be found on those pages.

Various news items dealing with different aspects of sustainability around the country and internationally, including developments in practices, policies, legislation, campaigns and science. Also, look for sustainability news dealing with specific issues or places can be found on those pages.

New report presents up-to-date overview of recent climate change research

On June 18, the International Alliance of Research Universities issued a report, Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions, that presents an up-to-date overview of recent climate change research.

Obama paints a new vision for nation's urban policy

Addressing a White House urban affairs summit on Monday, President Obama called for the "reinvention" of America's cities and metropolitan areas and vowed to spark a public conversation to create a "new, imaginative, bold vision" for urban policy.

Smart growth advocate Ron Sims moves to the other Washington

As King County Executive, Ron Sims was a bold and visionary leader nationally recognized for his work on transportation, climate, health care reform and urban development; now Sims has moved to the Number 2 position at the US Department of Housing and Urban Developmen

G-8 leaders agree to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius

G-8 leaders agreed to a non-binding goal of keeping the world's average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

President Obama announces new efficiency initiatives to reduce America's energy use

Building on action by the House of Representatives in passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act, President Obama announced new efficiency initiatives, including tougher standards for light bulbs and expedited investments in more energy efficient ho

US joins new International Renewable Energy Agency

The US joined the new International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as part of the Obama administration's commitment to developing a new energy policy. The agency was established in January 2009 with the goal of promoting development of the renewable energy indu

US House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act

The US House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) by a narrow margin of 219 to 212. The bill promotes cleaner energy and energy efficiency, and would for the first time limit US greenhouse gas emissions, under a cap-and-trade system.

Report on 'Green Prosperity' shows benefits of clean energy investments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Green for All released a reportGreen Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standard in the United States” with the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI).