This is the first post from the Alliance’s “Eye on Infrastructure” blog series, which will highlight how policymakers can work to ensure energy security, economic competitiveness, and savings for American taxpayers by considering the role of energy efficiency in rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Imagine owning a brand that’s both well-known and widely trusted by consumers and businesses all over America. Now imagine that it turns a $50 million annual investment into $30+ billion worth of annual customer utility bill savings, and has resulted in branded sales of more than 5 billion products since its inception. That’s one heck of a rate of return and a brand that any CEO would die for.
College campuses are powerhouses of energy consumption, with 24-hour libraries and cafes constantly using electricity, large buildings blasting heat and cooling, and students often oblivious to their energy use during 3 AM study sessions or the occasional all-nighter. As a result, college campuses have the potential to be notorious energy wasters. However many of them, and many student groups on campuses across the country, have taken initiative to make colleges more efficient. And with Spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to get involved:
Last week’s news that Sens. Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen re-introduced their signature energy efficiency legislation (and then watching The Founder, a biopic on Ray Kroc) got me thinking about the power of persistence. You hear it so often – the true hallmark of leadership is the ability to persevere through setbacks, even repeated setbacks. Sens. Portman and Shaheen are the embodiment of such leadership on energy efficiency. They simply do not give up.
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Alliance to Save Energy Legislative Briefing
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Alliance to Save Energy Honorary Vice-Chairs Senator Susan Collins (R-Me.) and Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill which would help streamline available federal energy efficiency programs and financing to help improve efficiency and lower energy costs for our nation’s schools.
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In July 2010, the world’s first Clean Energy Ministerial brought together leaders from around the world to Washington, D.C., to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology. The high-level forum assembled heads of state from more than 20 nations to discuss advancing economic growth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and expanding access to clean energy resources and jobs through international cooperation.
: Secondary 9-12
Students will practice simple data collection, tabulation, graphing, and analysis through designing a conservation plan. Students will also study the laws of thermodynamics. To do this level at any level requires information on typical energy usages of common appliances. Advanced students are also asked to adjust costs for different rates.