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Energy Department Announces the Results of a National Evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department announced the release of a major national evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the purpose of the peer-reviewed evaluation was to conduct detailed analysis of the WAP's Program Year 2008 (Retrospective Evaluation) and operations during the 2010 year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act Evaluation). The results demonstrate that weatherization provides cost-effective energy savings and health and safety benefits to American families. 

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Energy Department Announces Two New Actions to Spur Clean Energy Manufacturing Growth and Innovation

The Energy Department announced new research and development (R&D) efforts as part of the Department's Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). These two efforts—a national laboratory-industry collaboration pilot and a competitive solicitation to leverage national labs' high-performance computing capabilities—will contribute to CEMI's work to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness. 

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Great Smokies Getting Greener with New Car Charging Stations

One of the most verdant places in the eastern U.S. got a little more green Wednesday, as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrated the opening of electric vehicle charging stations at both the Oconaluftee visitors center in Cherokee, North Carolina, and the Sugarlands visitors center near Gatlinburg. One of the most verdant places in the eastern U.S. got a little more green Wednesday, as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrated the opening of electric vehicle charging stations at both the Oconaluftee visitors center in Cherokee, North Carolina, and the Sugarlands visitors center near Gatlinburg.

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Americans Waste Enough Food to Eliminate Domestic Hunger

Approximately 31 percent of all food produced in the United States is tossed in the garbage each year.American households are wasting more food than ever. Greater than 133 billion pounds of food is tossed in garbage cans annually - three times more than needed to feed every hungry person in America. Of the food produced in the US, approximately one-third goes uneaten. This squandering of nutrition additionally wastes 350 million barrels of oil each year, taking a toll on this nation's natural resources and costing the average consumer a premium at the supermarket.

American consumers are more improvident than ever, according to numbers released in a recent study conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia. Approximately 31 percent of all food produced in the United States is tossed in the garbage each year. This equates to 133 billion pounds of lost nutrition annually – it would take just over 53 billion to provide sustenance to every hungry person on US soil.

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