Our Research

Building Solutions: Energy Efficient Homes Save Money and Reduce Global Warming

Residential heating is responsible for 17 percent of Vermont’s global warming pollution. Heating contributes such a large share of pollution in the state because 50 percent of homes pre-date energy efficiency standards, a high percentage of furnaces are old and inefficient, and high-emission heating fuels are common. Building Solutions finds that by improving the efficiency of homes and heating equipment, Vermont could reduce global warming pollution from residential heating by 20 percent by 2020.

(October 2006)
Our Natural Heritage at Risk: Threats Facing Seven of Maryland's Most Special Places

The failure to fund Maryland’s successful land conservation programs over the last few years has scaled back preservation efforts and threatened the state's unspoiled farms and forests and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Our Natural Heritage at Risk identifies seven locations around Maryland that are threatened by development, including Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Annapolis Neck, and Patuxent River Rural Legacy Area.

(September 2006)
Cars and Global Warming: Policy Options to Reduce Maryland's Global Warming Pollution from Cars and Light Trucks

Cars and light trucks produce roughly 25 percent of Maryland’s global warming pollution. Cars and Global Warming explains how Maryland could reduce global warming emissions from passenger vehicles by adopting California’s clean car standards. By requiring advanced-technology vehicles—including hybrid-electric and eventually hydrogen vehicles—and establishing global warming pollution standards, the clean cars program could begin to reduce Maryland’s contribution to global warming.

(September 2006)
Greening the Bottom Line: California Companies Save Money by Reducing Global Warming Pollution

Pioneering businesses across California are beginning to do their share to cut global warming pollution. At the same time, these businesses are finding that reducing pollution can improve competitiveness and help the bottom line – cutting energy costs, reducing exposure to volatile fossil fuel and electricity prices, and attracting environmentally aware customers. Greening the Bottom Line highlights 12 such businesses or institutions and demonstrates the kinds of gains that can be had across California from an organized, statewide effort to reduce the state’s global warming pollution, demonstrating that action against global warming can be good for California businesses and our environment at the same time.

(August 2006)
Rising to the Challenge: Six Steps to Cut Global Warming Pollution in the United States

Global warming is real and is happening now. Scientists tell us that, to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, we need to begin reducing our emissions of global warming soon. Rising to the Challenge describes six strategies the United States can use to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide – the leading global warming pollutant – by 19 percent by 2020. The report recommends several steps America can take to use energy more efficiently and to tap America’s abundant renewable energy resources, which can reduce the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use.

(July 2006)