This Week in Environmental News 2-22

Earlier this week, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced his Sustainable D.C. plan, which serves as a follow-up to the Sustainable D.C. Vision he laid out on Earth Day 2012.  The plan seeks to green the District through 143 initiatives in the areas of jobs, development, health and wellness, equity and diversity, nature, climate, food and transportation. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program announced that over 270 organizations across the country were recognized under the program at the close of 2012.  ENERGY STAR participants have saved over $150 million on utility bills since the program’s inception in 2004.

In a new poll conducted by USA Today/Pew Research Center, 34% of respondents said that action on climate change is “essential” during 2013, and 39% think that climate change action is necessary in the next several years.  62% of those surveyed also believe that President Obama should move forward with putting stricter emissions limits on power plants.