Stamford, Conn., is the first city in New England to sign on to a national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas by the year 2030. It's a public-private partnership of business, environmental and government leaders called the Stamford 2030 District.
2030 Districts aim to reduce emissions and consumption of water and energy by changing the way buildings are built and operated. The group says buildings are responsible for half of all energy consumed.
Public officials in Connecticut and New York welcomed new rules announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA was required to issue the rules by a Supreme Court ruling following a suit filed by Connecticut, New York and 10 other states.
Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut earned the distinction of "cool congregation" for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Synagogues from across the country competed for the distinction, which comes with a $1,000 award.