How 204 US Mayors Used Federal Grant Money To Better Their Cities

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAs part of the economic stimulus package five years ago, Congress allotted $2.7 billion for energy efficient block grants (EECBG) to be spent by local governments. Over 200 mayors filled out questionnaires explaining how that money was spent in their cities. This was recently published in Successful City Initiatives with Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Funding, which states:

  • 87% said money went to municipal projects and operations
  • 83% said the city’s retrofit government buildings
  • 42% said it was used for LED/other energy-efficient street lighting
  • 31% said they used it to to install solar energy systems on public buildings and facilities

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SNC Lavelin Hired for Health Assessment of Proposed Surrey Fraser Docks Coal Terminal

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMPort Metro Vancouver will not make a final decision about the Surrey Fraser Docks’ application to build a Direct Transfer Facility until June. According to Tim Blair, Senior Planner of Port Metro Vancouver, they are waiting for Surrey Fraser  Docks to submit a health assessment. One has to wonder if it is not a foregone conclusion. Blair said that SNC Lavelin, the same company that prepared the proposed coal facility’s Environmental Impact Statement, was retained for the health assessment.
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Tesla’s Gigafactory Unveiled

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMTesla has released some preliminary plans. The rumours about their  looking at sites in New Mexico and Nevada were correct. There are also potential locations in Arizona and Texas. Tesla is making a final site selection and hopes to start construction on the Gigafactory this year.  By 2020, they hope to be producing 500,000 vehicles a year.
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Global Forest Watch: The Loss of US & Canadian Forests

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThere have been 150,000 visits to the Global Forest Watch website since it went online Thursday and for good reason. The interactive map is an an  online forest monitoring system, created by the World Resources Institute and more than 40 partners, that allows you to examine changes in the forest cover anywhere in the World. They drew upon many databases, including Google Maps , data from the University of Maryland and satellite imagery. Global Forest Watch has already shown that the World lost 2.3 million kilometres of tree covering between 2000 and 2012. My concerns were more specific, I wanted to know if the forests in Canada and the US are presently emitting, or storing, carbon.
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