Climate Clips: First community solar project nearly done in Silver Spring

A 273-kilowatt installation on the roofs of the Paddington Square apartment complex will serve 91 households and remove 235 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions versus fossil fuels — the equivalent of taking about 51 cars off the road annually.

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Loudoun to Receive Funds for Six New Electric School Buses, Governor’s Office Says
Loudoun Times
Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced on Thursday that Loudoun County Public Schools would be receiving money to purchase six new electric buses funded by a settlement with Volkswagen and aims to reduce carbon emissions in the Commonwealth.

As School Year Begins, Electric School Bus Plans Pick Up Speed Statewide
Virginia Mercury
On Thursday, Northam announced that Virginia will spend more than $10.5 million in funds from the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” settlement to replace 83 diesel buses in 19 school divisions with electric or propane-fueled buses. The money will be used to cover the price difference between diesel and alternatively fueled buses.

Montgomery County Wants A ‘Group Buy’ Program To Allow Residents To Get Better Prices On Electric Vehicles
Montgomery County officials are hoping to create an electric vehicle cooperative purchasing program to help drive down the cost of buying climate-friendly vehicles for residents and businesses.

County Climate Officers Think Globally, Act Locally
Maryland Matters
Climate change is an international crisis that demands action at every level of government. Local climate officials say their job is fluid, and cuts across county agencies to ensure a consideration of the climate at all levels of decision-making.

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The US Public Schools Redesigning Buildings With Climate in Mind
The Guardian
American schools are the second-largest public infrastructure investment. But what most people don’t know is that they are also among the biggest energy consumers in the public sector. In turn, they emit as much carbon dioxide as 18 coal-powered power plants. This not only burdens the environment, but children themselves – students suffer from heatstroke, affected hormone and sleep cycles, as well as respiratory issues.

Here’s What the Census Results Mean for Biden’s Efforts to Clean up Air and Water
The census dictates seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the drawing of congressional, state, and local district boundaries, and the amount of funding that state governments and local communities receive from the federal government for the next decade. The newest census data released this week, is set to have big implications for one of President Joe Biden’s cornerstone policies: Justice40.

The US City That Has Raised $100m to Climate-Proof its Buildings
The Guardian
Ithaca’s main climate objective is to eliminate or offset all of its carbon emissions ​​by 2030. The city has turned to private investors to help it decarbonize thousands of residential and commercial buildings.

New Research Explores the Costs of Climate Tipping Points, and How They Could Compound One Another
Inside Climate News
Calculating the future cost of global warming is one of society’s most urgent challenges. And that math will depend on the speed of major shifts in Earth’s climate system, like the complete loss of summer Arctic sea ice or the disintegration of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which could raise sea level much faster and higher than expected.

Which State Will Be the First to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings?
Inside Climate News
A new California building code is a leap forward for reducing the use of natural gas, with rules that set a strong preference for electric heating in new construction.