The blockchain isn’t doomed to become an energy hog

February 8, 2018 by  
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Alarmists are raising red flags about the power required for bitcoin transactions. Does that spell trouble for blockchain-related sustainability projects?

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10 Minutes with Courtney Lareau, Mars

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The food giant’s sustainability manager for pet products talks about the power of perseverance and positivity.

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100 seeds for a sustainable future: Part 6

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MBA students learn that community health, immigrant integration and cultural co-existence play a major role in business health and sustainability.

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Powerhouse Dynamics and the Prius of building energy efficiency

March 11, 2012 by  
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The CEO of the company behind the eMonitor commercial- and residential-building energy management tool talks about the power of shining a light on where we're using our energy every day.

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Building Smarter Bridges — and Cities — with Alcatel-Lucent

January 29, 2012 by  
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Rich Goode, the director of sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent ('one of those big companies that no one has ever heard of'), talks about the power of the telecommunications industry to change the world as we know it.

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Carrotmob Shows Why Consumers Now Have All the Power

January 24, 2012 by  
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Brent Schulkin, the CEO of the startup that aims to harness individuals into a force for good, talks about the power of consumer action and why the stick isn't as effective as the carrot for leveraging sustainability and social media.

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How Autodesk Uses Cloud Computing to Revolutionize Sustainable Design

November 29, 2011 by  
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Autodesk is on a mission to dispel any doubts about the power and possibilities that cloud computing brings to sustainable design. The technology and its impacts on design are Topic A at company’s user conference in Las Vegas.

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White Roofs Could Save a Year’s Worth of Global CO2 Emissions

July 25, 2011 by  
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An infographic created by the White Roof Project , an initiative that wants to help cover the world’s black roofs with white paint , illustrates some impressive statistics about the power of white roofs , including the fact that the transition from black to white roofs could prevent the emission of 24 billion metric tons of CO2, the same amount of CO2 emitted globally in 2010. The project says that if we covered just 5 percent of roofs with white paint per year, we’d be done by 2030. White roofs can reflect 85 percent of sunlight compare to 20 percent for black roofs and buildings with white roofs stay up to 35 degrees cooler, which means less electricity required for cooling the buildings.  In large cities, white roofs also curb the heat island effect, cooling the city as a whole. In addition to the emissions savings, white roofs could save 14 power plants’ worth of energy in 11 large cities, save $5 billion in energy costs in the U.S., reduce smog, blackout risk and heart-related deaths and Bill Clinton has said it’s the quickest, cheapest thing we can do.  So, what are we waiting for? If you live in NYC, you can volunteer for the White Roof Project or adopt a building.  The project plans to cover the roofs of an entire East Village block in white paint this August.  You can view the entire infographic here . via GOOD

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Energy Star Now Labeling "Most Efficient"

July 22, 2011 by  
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The Energy Star program has been working on making its qualifications stricter , but across all the appliances there are still many bearing the label that aren’t really that much of an improvement over other models.  To make it clearer which appliances are really the best of the best, Energy Star will now identify the top tier appliances with a “Most Efficient” label. The new label will apply to just 5 percent of Energy Star washing machines, heating and cooling equipment, televisions and refrigerators/freezers.  The EPA may add more categories of appliances later this year. To give you an idea of what the new label means, for refrigerators/freezers to earn the “Most Efficient” title, they have to be 30 percent more efficient than standard models, while TVs will have to be about 80 percent more efficient that standard models.  Out of the existing 1,800 refrigerators and freezers that are Energy Star certified, only 15 qualify for the new label, while only 18 out of the 1,400 Energy Star TVs qualify. While the Energy Star label should carry more weight than it does, it’s still a good that the most efficient appliances are being properly identified and hopefully the new label will inspire more competition from companies to create even more efficient products. via Greenbiz

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IKEA to Install Charging Stations at U.S. Stores

July 21, 2011 by  
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Next time you stop in IKEA for one of their cool solar lamps , you’ll also be able to recharge your EV battery.   IKEA has announced that it will be installing electric car charging stations at stores in 10 U.S. cities by this fall as part of the EV Project with ECOtality, Inc. The project, which will include western states from Texas to Oregon, will see at least two Blink EV charging stations installed per store.  ECOtality will be responsible for the installation and operation of the chargers, while IKEA will help with upkeep and send all charging data to ECOtality for analysis. The EV Project has also installed free residential chargers at the homes of EV drivers in exchange for their charging data.  ECOtality is planning to assess EV driving and charging patterns across different climates to help them deliver better products.  The IKEA pilot program will last until December 2012, but hopefully the chargers will stay after its over. via Gas 2.0  

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