Trump worked to make it easier for oil and gas companies to drill on federal land. The time to get a permit to drill, for example, dropped by more than half. The administration also got rid of so-called master leasing plans, an Obama policy designed to manage drilling in sensitive areas such as national parks. On the campaign trail, Biden said that he would put new fossil leases and permits on federal land on hold on his first day in office, moving forward with new development only if it’s consistent with climate goals. The administration can also begin the review of any prior leases and permits to cancel any that were improperly issued. … [Read more...] about 7 climate actions that Biden could take on his first day
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Air conditioners aren’t the only reason electricity use is still close to its pre-pandemic levels. Many building systems, such as water heaters and server rooms, are designed to operate all the time, not to be turned on and off like a light switch in the office kitchen. To ensure long-term functionality, many operational systems continue working even when people aren’t in the building. For owners, this is one of the costs of operating buildings. “The last thing they want to do is shut everything off and then have an issue with mechanical degradation or mold,” Robin says. “You can’t just mothball a building.” … [Read more...] about Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
Miller also emphasized the sourcing of the mask. As Miller put it, the key to a transparent, ethical supply chain is actually fairly simple: have discussions with your suppliers so you know where materials are sourced. “You start to talk to them more about it, they know a lot about it and take you back a few levels of their sourcing,” says Miller. “When you start to run into anonymity in the process, that’s when you know that it’s probably coming from a source that’s not as ethical.” Miller, who led the design of the mask interior, worked with Carr Textiles, which put him in touch with its organic cotton twill and ink suppliers to discuss where the product’s made, who’s making it, and what the wage is. … [Read more...] about This Herman Miller face mask is designed to fight modern slavery