Lynda Clemmons, VP of sustainable solutions at NRG, on transformative energy generation

November 6, 2018 by  
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“Our customers want things to be simple. Everybody wants to meet their sustainability goals. They want to do the right thing … in a clean and green way,” said Lynda Clemmons, vice president of sustainable solutions at NRG Energy, the U.S.integrated power company. The company is working a new project called “Renewable Select” that combines generation and retail to bring the choice of renewables to customers who want it, but might not have as large a purchasing power as the Googles and the Microsofts, as Clemmons noted.

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Norway rejects wind farm in favor of wild reindeer

February 7, 2018 by  
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Nearly 35,000 wild reindeer make their home in the southern mountains of Norway – “the last remaining viable populations in Europe,” according to Reuters . And the country recently prioritized the animals over energy , rejecting construction of a 120 megawatt (MW) wind farm over concerns it could harm the animals . The wind farm had the potential to boost business in the Bygland municipality, a sparsely-populated area. But it also would have been located in a designated national reserve where reindeer live, according to the country’s energy ministry; subsequently, Norway nixed construction. Related: Snøhetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion was inspired by the robust landscape Other pressures on the herds of wild reindeer include holiday cabins, roads, reservoirs, and railways. In November 2017, eight freight trains killed around 110 reindeer in Norway over a period of one week. TreeHugger said development has encroached on reindeer habitat, and the creatures are suffering. That’s not to mention climate change ; more frequent winter pasture freezes and thaws have also had a negative impact on the reindeer population, particularly in the Arctic north, according to Reuters. The outlet reported around 99 percent of Norway’s domestic energy needs are met by electricity generated in hydropower dams. Generating more power than they can utilize, the country is a net exporter to other Nordic nations and the Netherlands. In 2017, Norway licensed construction for two wind farms with a 141 MW combined capacity in the south of the country, as that region has grown more interested in wind energy in the last few years. So perhaps it wasn’t too difficult to make the call to prioritize reindeer over clean energy. TreeHugger referred to it as an inspiration: having enough renewable energy infrastructure that a country can decide in favor of wildlife when considering a new project. Via Reuters and TreeHugger Images via Espen Faugstad on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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12 creative ways to reuse shipping containers

June 1, 2016 by  
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If you’re looking for a new project to work out your creative muscles, take a gander at cargotecture . Shipping containers have been converted into new exciting structures all around the world and can be easily purchased from warehouses, port terminals, or even eBay. Market Inspector created an infographic that explores a dozen different ways to repurpose shipping containers , from food trucks to hotels. Keep reading to see all the ways you can transform an old container into a beautiful, affordable, and sustainable new structure. + Market Inspector

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Serious Energy Greens Glass at New York Stock Exchange

October 5, 2011 by  
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Fresh from its window pane retrofit at the Empire State Building, Serious Energy has tackled a new project at another landmark in the Big Apple.

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Build a Solar Charger For iPhones In 30 Minutes

September 15, 2011 by  
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Images via Joshua Zimmerman of BrownDogGadgets Earlier this year, Joshua Zimmerman brought us the super easy DIY solar charger made from an Altoids tin . We loved the project, however, he noted that “Apple doesn’t let its products play nice with generic USB chargers.” So, he has created a new project that works specifically with iPhones and iPods. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Your City’s Future

April 11, 2011 by  
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Nitrogen Pollution Shortens Average Lifespan by 6 Months, Costs EU Up To $460 Billion a Year

April 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Thirteen of Clubs , Flickr, CC Drive Less, Eat Less Meat In a study that is dubbed “the first continental-scale assessment of reactive nitrogen in the environment”, 200 experts from 21 countries looked at the impacts and costs of nitrogen pollution in the EU. This is important because reactive nitrogen contributes to air pollution, fuels climate change, and is estimated to shorten the life of the aver..

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Volvo’s ‘Tomorrow’s Volvo Car’ project shows batteries shaped into body panels

September 25, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Weight of EVs could be reduced by integrating batteries into body panels. In an effort to reduce the weight of electric cars and find a better place to install the power storage systems, Volvo has triggered a new project, christened the Tomorrow’s Volvo Car, which seeks the development of a car battery that can be built into the car’s body panels. The company is working on these car panel batteries as part of a three-year, 3.5 million Euro project started by the Imperial College in London.

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What Color is Your Fish? Whole Foods Adds Sustainable Sourcing Label

September 14, 2010 by  
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Green means go for shoppers seeking fish caught in the wild in sustainable and responsible ways, in a new project unveiled by the natural foods grocer in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Blue Ocean Institute.

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Prince Charles Tells Us to Get Woolly Again

February 18, 2010 by  
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Image from the BBC News Prince Charles has a new project. He is pushing wool as a fashionable and eco-friendly fabric for clothes.

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