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National Energy Awareness Month

Pres. Obama has declared October National Energy Awareness Month to “recognize the contributions of individuals, organizations, and companies that are committed to advancing energy innovation and efficiency.”

Now, I know what you’re thinking, my mega-sophisticated, hyper-jaded urbanite readers: “Oh goody – this hard-hitting presidential proclamation will really take care of things.”

But don’t be so quick to snark – Obama’s followed up this hollow announcement with something substantial: An executive order mandating federal agencies set a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2020 within 90 days. Among requirements are a 30% reduction in government vehicles’ petroleum use and a 26% improvement in water efficiency.

So Obama’s helping take care of the “organizations” aspect he refers to in his Energy Awareness Month declaration; it’s up to each of us to take care of the “individuals.” What are you going to do to help advance energy innovation and efficiency?

Not sure? Start here.


“National Energy Awareness Month”