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Efficiency Rundown in the U.S. Energy and Employment Report

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It is imperative that opportunities to tackle climate change and create well-paying jobs in the United States exist concurrently. As the country’s economy changes and the prevalence of carbon-free energy sources grows, it has become increasingly important to understand how employment in the energy sector is also growing and changing. The U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) provides a comprehensive summary of national and state-level employment, workforce, industry, occupation, unionization, demographic and hiring information by energy technology groups. Beginning in 2016, the annual study combines surveys of businesses with public labor data to produce estimates of employment and workforce characteristics.  Employment statistics…

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Energy Efficiency’s Role in the MI Healthy Climate Plan

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Released by the Whitmer administration on April 21, the MI Healthy Climate Plan puts forth strategies for Michigan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 while providing benchmarks along the way. The plan sets the following objectives:  Mitigate the worst impacts of climate change  Spur and capture economic development and create good-paying jobs  Protect and improve the health of Michiganders  Position Michigan as a leader in climate action  Protect Michigan’s natural resources and wildlife  Make Michigan energy independent  Address environmental injustices  The plan is proudly “uniquely Michigan,” the state’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Eichler…

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The City of Minneapolis’ Progress Towards Energy Efficiency and Green Building

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MEEA is continuing its blog series to highlight Midwest communities using energy efficiency to progress their climate goals. The next city in the series is Minneapolis, Minnesota. Between 2012 and 2013, the Minneapolis Sustainability Office led a coalition of public, private, non-profit and community partners to draft the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan (CAP). The final plan, adopted by City Council in June 2013, guides Minneapolis toward its greenhouse gas reduction targets of reducing community-wide emissions 15% by 2015, 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, using 2006 as a baseline. To achieve these goals, the CAP is broken down into three key sectors, including one for Buildings and Energy. Through its CAP, the city recognized early on…

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