E-bikes vs. standard bicycles

Green (Living) Review

Yes, using a standard bicycle, especially a single-speed one, takes more effort in pedaling and especially up inclines, the robustness and easy of maintenance tends to beat it hands down. Oh, what about climbing hills with the standard bike with no or very few gears?”

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Standards vs economic incentives

Environmental Economics

Erik Paul Johnson in Resource and Energy Economics: Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) have become a popular tool for state governments to promote renewable electricity generation and to decrease carbon dioxide emissions within a state or region. Renewable portfolio standards are a policy tool likely to persist for many decades due to the long term goals of many state RPSs and the likely creation of a federal RPS alongside any comprehensive climate change bill.

Southern California’s largest orchid producer Westerlay sets sustainability standards

Green Prophet

MPS certification goes above and beyond local and state regulations and ensures that Westerlay will always be in compliance while voluntarily maintaining standards that exceed the letter of the law. This Cascade orchid creates a statement.

Can we finally standardize ESG standards?

AGreenLiving

Can we finally standardize ESG standards? It seems like every year new reporting standards or frameworks are added to the overstuffed workload of the corporate sustainability professional. As the former chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), I had a role in the ongoing movement to “standardize the standards” that companies use to report their sustainability results. See the rest here: Can we finally standardize ESG standards?

A Standard for Net Zero

AGreenLiving

There isn’t yet an agreed-upon standard; in the fervor to get going, some are misusing the term. Go here to read the rest: A Standard for Net Zero. In the last year, a wave of companies have committed to “net zero.” But what does being a net zero business mean in practice? At Watershed, we think it’s important to maintain a high bar.

As green bonds grow more popular, it’s time for clearer standards

AGreenLiving

From Apple to New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, dozens of corporations and public agencies have issued green bonds, yet none answers to a global standard. See the rest here: As green bonds grow more popular, it’s time for clearer standards. Business Green a-global-standard- and-public bangkok drive-circular global-standard- have-learned policy-need transit-authority with-leaders

More on flexible carbon standards from RFF

Environmental Economics

It calls for “approaches that allow the use of market-based instruments, performance standards, and other regulatory flexibilities.” A tradable performance standard or similar flexible approach would show ambition to squeeze substantial GHG reductions out of the CAA. One option is to make more ambitious elements of the standards severable, so that a court can reject them without eviscerating the entire program.

2013 131

Standards over incentives in the inaugural address

Environmental Economics

The administration plans to supplement that step by adopting new energy efficiency standards for home appliances and buildings, a seemingly small advance that can have a substantial impact by reducing demand for electricity. Those standards would echo the sharp increase in fuel economy that the administration required from automakers in the first term.

2013 139

Is the IPCC's science the gold standard or questionnable?

Environmental Economics

However, he said the draft makes the assumption that the IPCC is “the gold standard” for sea level rise information.  As Colbert transitions the NC Sea Level Rise panel continues its work: The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission’s science panel made a few final adjustments Monday to the draft five-year update to its sea level rise report before agreeing it was ready for peer review. 

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Benefit-cost analysis of the renewable fuel standard

Environmental Economics

Tim Devaney: The Obama administration set new standards Monday for ethanol levels in fuel, enraging competing industries that had battled for months to influence the contentious regulations. The final renewable fuel standard (RFS) unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is more stringent than an earlier version of the rule proposed in May but falls short of the threshold set forth in a 2007 law. is a bad idea) then a higher standard is an even worse idea.

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Which ESG Reporting Standards Should My Company Follow?

Green Prophet

The post Which ESG Reporting Standards Should My Company Follow? American consumers are more concerned about the planet than steady economic growth, new report. Your company wants to be a part of this. What steps do you take?

Renewable portfolio standards don't raise prices?

Environmental Economics

 The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that a state's utilities purchase a given percentage of their power from low carbon sources such as wind, solar and hydro. What the CAP article does not discuss is the incidence of the RPS standards. Matt Kahn : An interesting debate is playing out.  The Center for American Progress  (CAP) has put out a policy brief that argues that green energy purchase mandates do not raise local electricity prices.

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One problem with fuel efficiency standards

Environmental Economics

Broken record time, incentive-based environmental policy can be superior to environmental standards: In the race to claim ever-higher fuel-economy numbers and keep up with government regulations, automakers are rolling out hybrids and electric cars aplenty at this week’s Detroit auto show.

President Obama Announces New Truck Efficiency Standards

Sierra Club Compass

In a speech today in Maryland, President Obama directed his administration to move forward with standards to make our tractor trailers and commercial vehicles more efficient. Already the administration has set historic standards for passenger vehicles of 54.5 These truck standards are another step to slash oil use, save Americans money and bring down carbon pollution. It is critical that the new standards developed by EPA and DOT are strong.

Are there differential review standards at economics journals?

Environmental Economics

Some distinguished scholars seem to think that too. https://t.co/IzhpW79QrN. IzhpW79QrN. John C. Whitehead (@johnwhitehead81) January 18, 2016

2016 116

"Alert regarding possible fake submissions testing editorial standards"

Environmental Economics

The submissions in question were so blatantly in breach of basic ethics rules that we suspect they may have been deliberate attempts to test our editorial standards. All of the above points are relatively easy to spot, and given the fact that many obvious breaches were simultaneously included in all of the articles it does appear to be an attempt to uncover journals with loose editorial standards.

2013 131

Daily Demand and Supply: Supporting evidence for the standard minimum wage example

Environmental Economics

The simple minimum wage example in a principles of microeconomics goes something like this:  If the minimum price of labor (wage) is set above the existing equilibrium wage in the market for labor, the result will be a decrease in the quantity demanded for labor (hiring), and an increase in the quantity supplied of labor (more people want to work at higher wages).  The result in a surplus of workers willing to work at the minimum wage (unemployment).

2017 122

The Liquid Gold Standard

Eco Friendly Daily

Every day you use it. You cook with it, drink it and bathe in it. Between 1950 and 2000, the United States’ water usage increased by over 200 percent. Today, 85 percent of the nation depends upon the public water supply. However, a looming crisis is in the works if the United States and the global community stays on its current course. Water Crisis in the Making. According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion people across the globe have no access to treated water.

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A comparison of random effects Poisson with and without clustered standard errors

Environmental Economics

A referee asked for clustered standard errors, which Limdep doesn't do on top of a random effects panel estimator. The random effects Poisson results are in column (3) and the random effects Poisson with clustered standard errors results are in column (4). The biggest difference between the two is the standard error on the MISSICK coefficient, which is 72% higher in column (4). The other standard errors are, on average, 27% lower in column (4) compared to column (3).

2014 144

New Energy Efficiency Standards Announced

Sierra Club Compass

He wanted to set efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings that, combined with the first term standards, will reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030. Earlier this summer in his climate plan speech, President Obama spoke of new energy efficiency rules to cut down our emissions.

WSU Everett building sets the gold standard for campus design

AGreenLiving

In fact, the building’s thermal envelope exceeds state energy code standards by 10%. See more here: WSU Everett building sets the gold standard for campus design. The Washington State University Everett building is setting the tone for the brand-new WSU branch campus.

Cleaner Tailpipe Standards - It's Time to Act

Sierra Club Compass

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose "Tier 3" cleaner tailpipe standards. These standards would require refineries to produce cleaner-burning gasoline beginning in 2017, and automakers to phase-in advanced pollution control technology to reduce tailpipe pollution beginning in the 2017 model year. Automakers, public health groups, the United Auto Workers, and environmental groups all support cleaner tailpipe standards.

The Olympic House sets a new green building standard

AGreenLiving

The sweeping, elegant design sets the standard for all future buildings. As one of the most sustainable buildings ever created, the new Olympic House sets a standard for all other buildings to follow. More: The Olympic House sets a new green building standard. Green a-standard-for a-wavy-building a-white-facade building campus design house leed platinum olympic olympics park switzerland the-building unity-staircase world

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EPA Carbon Standards Give Our Kids a Fighting Chance

Sierra Club Compass

These standards won''t just take a big bite out of climate disruption, they’ll also help us tackle other serious power plant pollution that threatens our health, air and water - pollutants including soot, smog, and mercury. I''ve been thinking about this news all weekend, and I keep coming back to one thing - this new standard gives my daughter, and all today''s kids, a fighting chance at a safe and promising future.

2014 87

U.S. Finalizes New Fuel Standards

Eco Friendly Daily

Therefore raising miles per gallon (mpg) standards on vehicles has been pushed as a way to alleviate concerns. miles per gallon standards were stagnant for about two decades at a fleet average of 27.5 Then the Obama administration raised the miles per gallon standards. The new standard for this year is an average of 30.2 The Obama administration has now announced the finalization of changes proposed last year, making increases of the standard to 54.5

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Berkshire Residence targets Passive House standards

AGreenLiving

Built by Massachusetts company Kent Hicks Construction , the home blends traditional New England construction with sustainable and cutting-edge building science principles to ensure the home’s longevity and to meet Passive House Institute standards.

2020 36

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Cuts Ties to.

PR Watch

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Cuts Ties to ALEC. The national certifying body for teachers in the United States, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), participated in the Education Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) until April 2012. Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts. Privacy Policy. RSS Feeds. Volunteer. Optional Member Code. Sign up. Reports Lisa Graves. Mary Bottari.

"How does a Nobel-prize-winning economist become a victim of bog-standard selection bias?"

Environmental Economics

Andrew Gelman: Again, I’m not saying that Heckman and his colleagues are doing this. I can only assume they’re reporting what, to them, are their best estimates. Unfortunately these methods are biased. But a lot of people with classical statistics and econometrics training don’t realize this: they thing regression coefficients are unbiased estimates, but nobody ever told them that the biases can be huge when there is selection for statistical significance.

2017 109

EPA Proposes New Emission Standards

Eco Friendly Daily

They proposed new emission standards for diesel locomotive engines, tugs, berges, ferries, and recreational marine engines. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a proposal which would be the equivalent of taking 750,000 diesel trucks off the road. These new emission guidelines can cut particulate pollution from these engines by 90 percent and cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 percent.

What’s inside the new Net Zero Standard for Oil and Gas?

AGreenLiving

Read the original: What’s inside the new Net Zero Standard for Oil and Gas? Giants including BP and Shell with major investors have published net-zero principles to follow, but what constitutes a credible plan? Business Green a-credible-plan but-what credible-plan helping-farmers most-environmental people-make population-but

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"How Stringent Are the US EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants?"

Environmental Economics

In March 2012, the EPA announced a proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants. This article analyzes the stringency of the proposed emission standards for new electricity generating units relative to the emission rates of existing, recently constructed, and proposed units in the United States. Finally, we discuss differences among states regarding the characteristics of recently constructed and planned units as they relate to the proposed standards. Matthew J.

Obama Administration Raises MPG Standard

Eco Friendly Daily

Therefore raising miles per gallon (mpg) standards on vehicles has been pushed as a way to alleviate concerns. miles per gallon standards were stagnant for about two decades at a fleet average of 27.5 Then the Obama administration raised the miles per gallon standards. The new standard for this year is an average of 30.2 The Obama administration has now announced further increases of the standard, to 54.5

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The living standards squeeze tightens as minimum cost of living soars by 25% since downturn

Green (Living) Review

The findings are part of JRF’s annual Minimum Income Standard (MIS) , which is based on the goods and services members of the public think people need in order to have a minimum acceptable standard of living. Since the research was first published in 2008, the cost of the MIS basket has increased by 25 per cent, compared with 17 per cent for the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), the standard measure of inflation.

2013 101

LEAKED: Secret Trade Document Reveals Weak Environmental Standards

Sierra Club Compass

The leaked environment chapter text falls flat on the standard for environment chapters from the past seven years. Today's leaked text—which is both unenforceable and does not include obligations to uphold commitments made under environmental treaties—does not meet the standard set by Congress. The veil has finally been lifted from the controversial environment chapter of what could be the largest free trade pact in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

2014 88

Communities call for strong EPA pollution standards near oil refineries

Sierra Club Compass

The EPA is also proposing to require monitoring of air concentrations at the fenceline of refinery facilities to ensure proposed standards are being met and that neighboring communities are not being exposed to unintended emissions. Leslie Fields, director of the Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships program for the Sierra Club, testified at the hearing as well, calling on EPA to create the strongest standard possible and enforce it.

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First Day of EPA Carbon Pollution Standard Hearings a Success!

Sierra Club Compass

crowds gathered to speak out in favor of the carbon pollution standard, packing the hearing all day. There supporters also outnumbered opposition to EPA''s standard by large number. At the hearing, one leader estimated the hearing speakers in favor of EPA''s carbon pollution standard outnumbered the opposition by around 50 to 1. Hundreds and hundreds of people gathered in Washington, D.C.,

California May Get Its Emission Standard Afterall

Eco Friendly Daily

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a request by the California government to allow a state-wide car emissions standard below the national standard. The EPA made the rejection – they alleged – on the grounds that a streamlined, national regulation would be easier to enforce. The agency also feared that such an action in a large consumer market like California would have forced the entire auto industry to make cars at the efficiency levels.

CIWEM raises the roof in environmental standards

Green (Living) Review

CIWEM celebrated the importance of this year’s theme ‘changing cities, building opportunities’ with the construction of its new headquarters, conference and members’ facility which will meet the ‘BREEAM Excellent’ standard and feature a brown roof and other renewable and energy efficient technologies. October 1st marked World Habitats Day.

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NIST Releases Long Awaited Standards Report

Green Life Smart Life

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its draft of standards on Thursday, laying out a roadmap and initial plans for utilities, vendors and service providers to adopt smart grid technology. From the report: NIST developed a three-phase plan to accelerate the idenfication of standards while establishing a robust framework for the longer-term evolution of the standards and establishment of testing and certification procedures.

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Sainsbury's commits to BUAV's humane cosmetics standard

Green (Living) Review

All of Sainsbury's own brand cosmetics and toiletries will now carry the BUAV's Leaping Bunny logo Sainsbury's has become the first major supermarket to sign up all its own brand cosmetics and toiletries, over 200 products in total, to the Humane Cosmetics Standard and be certified free from animal testing by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). Qualifying for the BUAV's Humane Cosmetics Standard is a rigorous and stringent process.

What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

Sierra Club Compass

On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standards for new power plants. And now the EPA is putting a common sense standard in place, which says any new power plant built in the U.S. What does the standard do specifically, and what does it mean for the future of energy? Let's break it down: New coal-fired power plants will have to meet a standard of 1,100 lbs of carbon per megawatt hour of energy produced.

The Olympic House sets a new green building standard

AGreenLiving

The sweeping, elegant design sets the standard for all future buildings. As one of the most sustainable buildings ever created, the new Olympic House sets a standard for all other buildings to follow. The Olympic House sets a new green building standard.

2020 36

Delaware Needs Clean Car Standards Now

Sierra Club Compass

Thankfully, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is moving forward with clean car standards that can help us make code red days a thing of the past. Last week, at a public hearing in Dover, Sierra Club delivered the message that DNREC must finalize these clean car standards as soon as possible. DNREC is accepting public comments on its proposal to reduce air pollution with clean car standards.