Sustainability

Shapiro pitches carbon cap-and-invest plan to capitalize on Pennsylvania’s energy exports

The program could make could make the state a national clean energy leader, but critics claim it’s the same tax on electricity as the state’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

E-bike incentives are a costly way to cut carbon emissions, but they also promote health, equity and cleaner air

COMMENTARY | Many incentive programs promote e-bike use, but they aren’t necessarily targeting the right people for the right reasons.

States turn up the heat on ESG investing

At issue is whether mandates about environmental, social and governance investment strategies infringe upon a state fiduciary’s duty to maximize returns.

Groundwater levels are falling worldwide — but there are solutions

New research shows how to protect the aquifers that hold most of the world’s fresh water.

Washington’s cap on carbon is raising billions for climate action. Can it survive the backlash?

A repeal initiative blaming the state's climate law for higher gas prices could wind up on the ballot in November.

A carbon offset project that’s actually working

Visiting Alaska is an emissions-heavy prospect. An innovative program has tourists ease that by helping buy heat pumps for locals.

Innovative water treatment tech could help remove forever chemicals

The Tampa Water Department is exploring suspended ion exchange technology as a way to address PFAS contamination to meet new federal standards.

New life for old coal: Mine lands and power plants are hot renewable development spots

Converting old coal plants to renewable energy storage sites can set states up for job creation and increased tax revenue, one observer says.

The future of the Colorado River hinges on one young negotiator

J.B. Hamby, California’s representative in talks about sharing water from the Colorado River, holds the keys to a quarter of the river’s flow—and its future.

How one city funds climate resilience, a dollar at a time

With $1 collected from every electric and gas bills each month, Minneapolis plans to weatherize residents’ homes, install rooftop solar on commercial buildings and build electric vehicle charging stations.

As industry struggles, federal, state offshore wind goals could get tougher to meet

Supply and labor costs are standing in the way of some states' offshore wind development goals.

Communities boost climate resilience by protecting pollinators

More cities are planting native plant-based gardens to slow loss of pollinators, which play a critical role in achieving climate adaptation goals.

Wind power in numbers: Tri-state pact aims to leverage better renewable energy deal

A trio of New England states will collaborate in soliciting and reviewing bids for offshore wind projects. The agreement aims to keep clean energy costs down.

One city’s ‘data conversations’ help confront pressing challenges

Faced with water shortages, Henderson, Nevada, has turned to a data-driven approach to solve it. It’s now rolling out its approach to other departments citywide.

A group of US governors promises to install 20 million heat pumps by 2030

And they want to put at least 40 percent of them in disadvantaged communities.

Program helps manufacturers train workers for an all-electric future

Through the initiative, Minnesota is looking to address a lack of electrification courses designed for employees. The state also believes it will create employment growth in Minnesota.

What Arizona and other drought-ridden states can learn from Israel’s pioneering water strategy

COMMENTARY | Arizona is considering a multibillion-dollar desalination project to address its urgent water needs. Three water experts call for a go-slow approach and point to Israel as a role model.

Mobile homes could be a climate solution. So why don’t they get more respect?

Mobile homes could be a key player in combatting climate change as they can be built or retrofitted with more energy-efficient and climate-friendly features.

Virginia is bailing on a carbon cap-and-invest program. Activists say that might be illegal.

If the state ditches the program, millions of dollars in climate resilience funding could be lost.

Water conservation model built on the Rio Grande may be a template for rest of US

Sen. Martin Heinrich hopes to add a nationwide groundwater conservation program to the Farm Bill.