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Federal Programs

Carbon Pollution Standards for the Power Sector
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been directed to issue a suite of Carbon Pollution Standards for the power sector. The DNR is currently listening to stakeholders and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

For more information, including stakeholder participation information, contact Marnie Stein at or 515-725-9555.

Voluntary Programs

  • EPA Climate Change
  • ENERGY STAR Challenge
    ENERGY STAR Challenge is a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more.
  • EPA GreenChill Partnership
    GreenChill is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry and suppliers to promote advanced technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce emissions of stratospheric ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.
  • EPA's Green Building Program
    Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building.
  • EPA Partnerships
  • A Business Guide to U.S. EPA Climate Partnership Programs
  • EPA's Green Homes Web Site
  • Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series
    The Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series gives a straightforward overview of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies that local governments can use to achieve economic, environmental, social, and human health benefits. The series covers energy efficiency, transportation, community planning and design, solid waste and materials management, and renewable energy. The series is designed for policy makers and program, such as mayors, ciry or town council members, energy managers, city planners, metropolitan and regional planning organizations, and their private and nonprofit partners.