Interior Department Approves 10,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy; SC Johnson Earns EPA SmartWay Excellence Award; Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference to be held in Saint Louis - Energy Minute for October 18, 2012
The Department of the Interior has approved 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects on public lands. The approval meets the goals of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Since 2009, Interior has authorized 33 renewable energy projects, including 18 utility-scale solar facilities, 7 wind farms, and 8 geothermal plants. When built, the projects will provide enough electricity to power more than 3.5 million homes and support 13,000 construction and operations jobs.
SC Johnson has received a SmartWay Excellence Award from the EPA for leadership in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. SmartWay is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. SC Johnson was one of only 40 companies, chosen from 3,000 SmartWay Partners, to earn the award.
The 2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference will take place in St. Louis on October 29th and 30th. The event will focus on the principles of sustainability and energy efficiency in recovery, and how towns could incorporate green design into efforts to renovate their communities. The two-day conference brings together leaders in the fields of disaster recovery, government, urban planning, design, green building, and public and private enterprise. The Conference is sponsored by Saint Louis University’s Center for Sustainability, Greensburg GreenTown, and GreenTown Joplin.
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