Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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CEI specializes in “triple bottom line” financing for businesses that are often playing a direct or indirect role in strengthening community response to climate change. Our borrowers are advancing renewable energy technologies; creating sustainable fishery, forestry, aquaculture, and farming practices; developing energy-efficient (and affordable) housing, commercial real estate, and community facilities; and are on the front-line in stewarding Maine’s considerable natural resources. In March 2014, CEI convened its 2nd Annual Impact Investing Roundtable to further stakeholder conversations about Climate Change, Social Equity &... read more

This is the story of the redevelopment of an abandoned mill in rural Maine, which now has a new life powered by renewable energy and wired for gigabit broadband. This mixed use complex includes a restaurant, boutique hotel, 22 affordable housing units, and business tenants. 

A new report by Public Citizen shows that Ohio consumers will see lower electricity bills under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon pollution.

In June 2014, the EPA introduced a proposal to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants, a critical step to address climate change in the U.S. The proposal, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, asks each state to design its own strategy to achieve carbon reduction targets by 2030 and is expected to be finalized by August 2015.

The EPA rule will require Ohio to reduce its carbon pollution by 29 percent by 2030. The Clean Power Plan presents a great... read more

As printed in the Des Moines Register on June 13, 2015:

As political candidates begin traveling across Iowa, they will no doubt be asked what action they will take on climate change. It’s important to help them remember that low-income, rural Americans are extremely vulnerable to the economic and health effects of a changing climate, and stand to benefit the most from investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Rural communities feel the direct impacts of a changing climate. Farmers and ranchers adapt to extreme weather by necessity, rural grocery stores have higher electricity bills during heat... read more

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