To meet both the green mandates and budget limitations, local government fleet managers are embarking on an environmental strategy with a twist — how to be "green" while saving as many "greenbacks" as possible — all without compromising the effectiveness of fleet operations.
While communities across the nation are increasingly conscious of sustainability issues, many are still at the beginning stages of turning green-focused priorities into concrete actions related to sustainability and energy conservation.
PACE loans allow cities and counties to finance residents' energy efficiency retrofits and on-site renewable energy generation installations through loans that are repaid with a property tax assessment.
Forty-five percent of funds from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation and Smart Grid Investment Grant had already been disbursed by May 2010. What are communities doing with the funds and are the intended benefits being realized?
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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