Sustainable Energy Monitor: What We're Reading in May

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

What you need to know about the bold new building laws in New York and D.C.

The District of Columbia and New York City both recently passed bold laws to meet their commitments to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in half in a little more than a decade and by more than 80 percent by 2050. [GreenBiz]

The DC Area’s Highest and Lowest Carbon Footprints

The UC Berkley CoolClimate Network has published an interactive map that offers a micro-level snapshot of energy consumption. DC proper has some of the area's lowest carbon footprints with the 20005 zip code, which is primarily occupied by the Logan Circle neighborhood, leading the way. [Urban Turf]

DCSEU selects contractors to bring over 7 megawatts of solar to DC through Solar for All program

in partnership with the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) announced plans to work with eight contractors to bring over 7 megawatts of solar to income-qualified DC residents through the Solar for All program this year. [DCSEU]

Solar for All? Removing Financial Obstacles to Green Energy

Washington, D.C., Connecticut and more than a dozen other states are investing in programs to make clean energy available to low- and moderate-income households and to give jobs to people like Steven Donerson, a retired soldier and musician whose life fell into a tailspin after the economy tanked in 2008. [NBC4]

One million species face extinction, U.N. report says. And humans will suffer as a result.

The landmark report by seven lead co-authors from universities across the world goes further than previous studies by directly linking the loss of species to human activity. It also shows how those losses are undermining food and water security, as well as human health[Washington Post]

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