EPA Releases a New Tool for Mapping Environmental Justice

By Matt Tejada, EPA Blog: Too often, America’s low-income and minority communities bear the brunt of our country’s pollution. These environmental and public health threats make it harder for kids with asthma to learn in school, and for people impacted from pollution to lead active and healthy lives. There are many ways EPA is working to protect these overburdened communities. For the past two years, we’ve been using a screening and mapping… Read More

Solar Power is Hot!

Careers in the renewable energy sector is on the rise. A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), stated that in 2016, 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector. © IRENA The report showed the solar power is the fastest growing renewable energy industry with an increase in job creation of 12 % between 2015 and 2016. Wind power followed with a 7 % increase, boosting its global… Read More

The Story of Microfibers – New Short Film Released

From the Story of Stuff Project: “Most of us wear synthetic fabrics like polyester everyday. Our dress shirts, yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are all increasingly made of synthetic materials—plastic, in fact. But these fabrics have a big hidden problem: when they’re washed, they release trillions of tiny plastic bits—called microfibers—that flow down our drains, through our water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans. In fact, microplastic… Read More

New EPA Report Released: Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016

“The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record-high temperatures—are already taking place. Scientists are highly confident that many of these observed changes can be linked to the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which have increased because of human activities.” Discover how our climate is changing in this newly released EPA report, Climate… Read More

Discounted Energy Efficiency Audits available for Utah Agricultural Operations & Rural Small Businesses

Recently, USDA Rural Development awarded 26 grants to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers across rural America conserve energy and develop renewable energy systems, ultimately reducing their carbon footprint, lowering overhead costs and helping to create jobs. The grants are made possible through the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which helps farms and small businesses right-size their energy systems and helps with the installation costs for renewable… Read More

The Changing American Diet – how what we eat has changed since the 1970s

Using data from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Availability Data System, which estimates much food is produced and how much food people eat from 1970 until 2013, a new webpage demonstrates change in key food items through interactive graphs. The data covers the major food categories, such as meat, fruits, and vegetables, across many food items on a per capita and daily basis.   Margarine saw a steady decline over this time period, while dark… Read More

Find a Recycling Center Near You with “I Want to be Recycled” Initiative

  Have you ever wondered what recycling facilities exist near you, but weren’t sure where to look? The “I Want to be Recycled” initiative makes searching for nearby facilities easy – just enter your Zip code at http://iwanttoberecycled.org. The website also includes helpful instructions for how to recycle products, ranging from electronics to hazardous household waste. The site even includes how to recycle plastic bags and film. The site was created by Keep America… Read More

USDA Launches Toolkit guide on the Economics of Local Food Systems

A new report from the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service provides help for communities wishing to measure the economic benefits of local food investments. Real-world examples and measurement tactics are included as helpful references. According to the USDA’s Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “Strong local and regional food systems are helping to revitalize rural and urban communities across the country, and more than 160,000 farmers and ranchers nationwide are tapping into growing consumer demand… Read More

Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment 7th in the Nation

Curious about what the University of Utah’s Wallace Stegner Center is? As stated on their website, “From the carbon emissions of our fossil fuel-dependent economy to the fragmentation of ecosystems through development, to the conflict over allocating scarce water resources, modern society has the power to profoundly alter our natural surroundings. Protecting and understanding the environment and how humans interact with it is one of the most crucial issues of the day. The… Read More

“Shaping the Future of the West:” Sonoran Institute Launches New Website

“The Sonoran Institute’s mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. We work at the nexus of commerce, community, and conservation to help people in the North American West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the values which brought them here. We envision a West where civil dialogue and collaboration are hallmarks of decision making, where people and wildlife live… Read More