This Week in Environmental News 1-4

After nearly four years as EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson will be stepping down from her post.  According to the New York Times, “Ms. Jackson’s departure comes as many in the environmental movement are questioning Mr. Obama’s commitment to dealing with climate change and other environmental problems. After his re-election, and a campaign in which global warming was barely mentioned by either candidate, Mr. Obama said that his first priority would be jobs and the economy and that he intended only to foster a ‘conversation’ on climate change in the coming months. “

A new report from SCA found that 64% of companies in the US reported having a sustainability plan in place or in the works during 2012, increasing from just 38% in 2011.  31% of firms in the US have found that their sustainability plans are having a positive impact on their bottom line.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan planning commission voted on Thursday to adopt a bold sustainability framework as part of the city’s master plan.   The city's framework has been in the works for the past two years and contains 16 major sustainability goals in the areas of resource management, land use and access, climate and energy, and community. 

And with 2013 now upon us, we leave you with this compilation of green predictions for the year:

13 green business predictions for 2013
Green Design Predictions for
Ten Solar Energy Predictions for 2013
Predictions for 2013: Sustainability within Manufacturing
Five Green Tech Trends To Watch In 2013