Sustainable Energy Monitor: What We're Reading in July

Catch up on the latest sustainable energy and green industry news from July.

Here's What the Heat Island Looks Like in East Coast Cities

Maps of urban heat islands show where residents can find pockets of cooler air in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. [CityLab]

Energy efficiency can be a tool for economic development

A growing number of home and business owners want to increase energy efficiency. To do so, many will need to hire local contractors who are trained to perform home energy audits and retrofit buildings. [Yale Climate Connections]

'Breaking' the heat index: US heat waves to skyrocket as globe warms, study suggests

As the globe warms in the years ahead, days with extreme heat are forecast to skyrocket across hundreds of U.S. cities, a new study suggests, perhaps even breaking the "heat index." [USA Today]

A field in D.C. will soon be home to 5,000 solar panels. It’s all because of local Catholic groups — and a message from the pope.

Right now, it’s a large, empty field. But by next year, the five-acre plot in Northeast Washington will sprout about 5,000 solar panels, the largest ground array the nation’s capital has seen — a change wrought by local Catholic groups. [Washington Post]

House Committee Approves $17.5 Billion in Grants for Energy Efficiency Projects Throughout US Cities

Yesterday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved HR 2088, a first step in the legislative process to renew and refund the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a top legislative priority of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). [Energy Manager Today]

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