Green in the Desert?

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Palm Desert, California is making changes to green up the town by reducing greenhouse gases and conserving precious resources, like water. The city is requiring homes to be built to higher energy efficient standards and use drought tolerant landscaping. They’ve determined the biggest energy users as air conditioners and pool pumps and plan to get older buildings retrofitted with more energy efficient models. The city plans to provide rebates and low-interest loans on solar panels too.

Additional efforts include running public buses on fuel cells; banning drive-up windows at fast food restaurants to reduce pollution from idling cars; and encouraging residents to commute in electric golf carts.


Tag(s): Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming


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