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Building a Better America

We can save money and help solve global warming by reducing the amount of energy we use, including in the buildings where we live and work every day. More than 40 percent of our energy — and 10 percent of all the energy used in the world — goes toward powering America’s buildings.1 But today’s high efficiency homes and buildings prove that we have the technology and skills to drastically improve the efficiency of our buildings while simultaneously improving their comfort and affordability.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Energy Efficient Buildings Would Reduce Global Warming Pollution, Save Virginia Families $503.88 Annually

WASHINGTON, DC -- Virginia families could save $503.88 every year on their electricity bills by 2030 if the government invests in the energy efficiency of our buildings today, according to a new report by Environment Virginia.  Saving energy in our buildings would also help fight against global warming, reducing global warming pollution from buildings by 31 percent―the equivalent of taking over 9.2 million cars off the road.

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Report | Environment Virginia

In the Path of the Storm

Weather disasters kill or injure hundreds of Americans each year and cause billions of dollars in economic damage. The risks posed by some types of weather-related disasters will likely increase in a warming world. Scientists have already detected increases in extreme precipitation events and heat waves in the United States, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently concluded that global warming will likely lead to further changes in weather extremes.

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9 out of 10 Virginians Live in Areas Hit by Recent Weather Disasters

Richmond, Virginia—After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Virginia report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, 9 out of 10 Virginians live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.

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We’re protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2010, after a dogged campaign from Environment Virginia and allies across the state, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a strong new plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Yet a few polluting industries, including giant chicken farms like Tyson, have launched an all-out attack. Your support can help us keep the Bay’s most persistent polluters from standing in the way of progress.

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