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Where Are the Big Greenhouse Gas Emitters?

Where are the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in your state or near your city? An interactive map from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows where they were in 2011, the first year that large sources were required to report their emission levels to EPA.

The map shows big emitters by sector, type of gas and geographic location. EPA says power plants remain the largest stationary source of greenhouse gases, accounting for about one-third of the nation’s total. Petroleum and natural gas systems were second and refineries third.

Click here to access the map.

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Smart, Healthy & Equitable Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report that offers “tools” on on how communities can apply smart growth strategies that:

  • Clean up and invest in existing neighborhoods;
  • Provide affordable housing and transportation;
  • Improve access to jobs, parks and stores.

The report was developed by EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and its Office of Sustainable Communities.

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New Tool Informs Global Urban Infrastructure Investments

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Brazilian Minister for the Environment issued this news release today at Rio+20:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Brazilian Minister for the Environment Izabella Teixeira today announced a new online tool that highlights key links between policies, funding and on-the-ground projects that can help drive urban sustainability investment around the world. The benefits of sustainable urban infrastructure include healthier air and water, job creation and economic development. Jackson and Teixeira announced the web platform, which was developed under the US Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS), during the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“This interactive web platform is designed to serve as an entry point for everyone from local officials to investors who are looking for the best strategies for investment in urban sustainability,” said Administrator Jackson. “Right now the platform represents an array of different approaches, not a comprehensive or one-size-fits-all plan. We believe that this collection of policy instruments, financial mechanisms, and project examples can serve as a model for sustainable development in cities around the world.”

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