Six years ago, President Bush signed a federal energy bill phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs on a staggered schedule to ensure a smooth and successful transition to more efficient bulbs - and eventually save Americans $13 billion on their annual energy bills.
Switching to energy-saving LED lighting to brighten the holidays and America's homes, businesses, and streets could lower U.S. electric bills by billions of dollars and avoid millions of tons of pollution annually. That would truly be a gift that keeps on giving.
The single most important thing we can do to address the urgent ecological challenges we face is change cultural expectations and attitudes about how we relate to the planet. The motivation for sports to engage in greening is simple.
Cities today face unprecedented pressures. From the continued impact of a sluggish economy to budget shortfalls to rising sustainability challenges, they are competing more than ever before in a global market for business investment and talent.
This Sunday (Nov. 3) most Americans will go through the annual ritual of changing clocks back an hour in preparation for winter's gradually decreasing daylight, a period also referred to as "lighting season" because the shorter days mean we'll be using more lights in our homes and businesses.
The chilling truth is that as much as one-tenth of the electricity devoured in our homes vanishes as "standby power" -- electricity feeding our perpetually plugged-in electronics and appliances even when they're idle for long periods of time, like in the dead of night.
Almost every day we are subjected to the lunacy of actual conservatives being attacked by radicals for not being "conservative" enough. Then, when the media reports on these attacks, it offers no challenge to their faulty premise.
The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shows that dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases.