Large Scale Environmental “Greening” in the US: Has It Caught On Yet?

Over the past few decades, we have been using energy at an alarming rate. Due to the increasing pace of development, companies and governments have utterly disregarded the damage caused to the environment. The signs are already becoming clearer: water has been contaminated in many areas, with the case of Flint, Michigan hitting the headlines.

The damage to the environment is not just caused by the release of toxins in the environment. Deforestation and harmful effects of chemicals released into the environment have also contributed significantly to environmental deterioration. Over the past decade or so, many agencies have talked about the importance of “greening” and promised to take measures that would minimize the harmful impact on the environment. The question is, has the greening of the US yet begun?

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Energy

The renewable energy scene in the United States is rapidly increasing, with newer projects getting the green light after every few months. There are currently more than 150,000 working in the solar industry. Even though renewable energy accounts for a very little percentage of the total amount of energy used in the United States (13.44%), that figure is rising and is expected to grow significantly in the future. Currently, hydroelectric power is the largest producer of green energy in the United States, accounting for almost half of the total renewable power produced in the country. Of course, changes to the energy system happen fairly slowly, so it does take a bit of time to implement new policies.

Apart from hydroelectric power, solar energy is also shining bright (pun intended) in the United States. Solar farms are being constructed all over the country, and it’s expected that in 2016 new records will be set in the number of utility scale installations, non-residential solar rooftops, and rooftop installations.

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Green Military

There has been a lot of talk about the US military taking new steps to adopt greener measures. For instance, the army just placed a major order for hybrid Humvees, which are designed to be more fuel-efficient and, thus, more environmentally friendly.  The army is also testing eco-enhanced mattress units that are made from recycled materials and can be washed several times. The air force has also taken up several measures to contribute to the green effect. They currently operate the largest photovoltaic array in the US.

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