Minnesota plows a path toward a clean energy grid

October 28, 2016 by  
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Despite the icy (and energy intensive) winters, the Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan sets the state as a leader in the midwest for low fossil fuel consumption and high renewable energy use.

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Paris encourages residents to play active environmental role with 1000 Buildings Plan

May 20, 2016 by  
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In 2007, the city of Paris stood on the frontline in the fight against climate change as it introduced its Climate and Energy Action Plan. The aim was to achieve by 2020, a 25% reduction in greenhouse emissions and energy consumption throughout the territory compared to 2004. With housing currently accounting for a third of the energy consumption in Paris, this task represents a serious challenge for the city. In order to rise up to it, the council has launched the “Let’s eco-renovate Paris: 1000 Buildings Plan”, a project that mobilizes residents to get involved. To meet it’s environmental goals, major projects were implemented in Paris, including the production of renewable energy, the increase of urban green spaces , the development of active forms of mobility and the thermal rehabilitation of homes. “Paris moves and adapts to climatic, environmental and social challenges. In the continuation of its Climate and Energy Action Plan, the City of Paris has launched an exceptional program for a period of 5 years to support the energetic and environmental renovation of Parisian apartment buildings.” says Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris. As the name suggests, this initiative will support 1000 Parisian privately-owned buildings. Residents can participate from May to October 2016. All co-owners who wish to implement a comprehensive renovation plan for their building are eligible. Related: Paris redesigns its famous squares to make them pedestrian and bike friendly The selected projects will receive free administrative, technical and financial support towards energy-saving, pro-environmental building renovations. With the personalized counseling of a specialized eco-renovation advisor, co-owners will be able to study, define and implement their project as effectively as possible. The areas of intervention are flexible. Renovation works may include, for instance, the revegetation of urban roofs, the installation of efficient heating systems or double-glazed windows, or the thermal insulation of facades, walls, attics, roofs. Not only do these refurbishments enable residents to reduce their energy consumption and consequently save money on their energy bills, it also represents a wonderful opportunity for them to improve their living environment and comfort levels. In a wider context, the project also contributes to the establishment of a healthier city for all. The plan has already proven to be successful as a co-owner of 19th arrondissement of Paris explains, “Our building of 81 apartments was built in 1959. It was not insulated and energy bills were becoming too high for all its occupants. After achieving our energy audit, we received personalized support from an eco-renovation consultant mandated by the City of Paris. It allowed us to define a renovation program for our building and the revegetation of our courtyard while benefiting from a 37% financial aid. With these renovations, we reduced our energy consumption by 44% and most of all, we are enjoying much more comfortable apartments!” With its 1000 Buildings Plan, Paris moves one step ahead towards restoring the broken link between the capital and nature. While providing Parisians with a better living environment, it also lays new foundations for urban progress that are sure to be applied, in the near future, throughout the entire metropolitan area. Article by Machinery Zone

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U.S. Chamber Launches Effort To Support Bringing Dirty Tar Sands Oil Down South

August 2, 2011 by  
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photo via dirtyoilsands.org The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has long served as a brake on progress when it comes to creating a new economy that is fueled by renewable energy. The secretive organization (it doesn’t reveal its membership) has opposed climate and energy action at every turn, and now it has its sights on the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial proposed 1700 mile-long pipeline that would carry bitumen from Canada’s tar sands all the way to Texas. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Van Jones at Powershift: "We Can’t Afford for Poor People Not to Have Solar Panels"

April 17, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Chris Eichler courtesy of Energy Action Coalition Van Jones is one of the most exciting and effective green leaders in the nation — and it’s precisely because his message, that fighting for clean energy, social justice, and job growth is best done in unison, stands to rouse wide swathes of the nation to the cause. He’s already made a powerful impact, first by working to bring good jobs to neglected urban areas, then by penning a bestselling book on the green collar economy, and finally, by joining the Obama administration as its g…

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Men and Women are Different, Even If Doing the Same Job

April 17, 2011 by  
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Image: quinn.anya / Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Construction Fund Raiser News Flash! Men and Women are different. OK, have a chuckle, we know there are plenty of studies that prove men are from Mars and women from Venus.

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Rep. Boehner, The Election, and Guessing What’s Next For Climate and Energy Action

November 3, 2010 by  
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photo via associated press Everyone is trying to read the tea leaves to figure out what’s going to happen to climate and energy legislation now that Rep. John Boehner is the Speaker-in-waiting.

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PM Auto Excellence Award for Fuel Economy Goes to Ford Fiesta

November 3, 2010 by  
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Photo: Ford Quality Small Cars Aren’t Just for Europeans and Asians Like car model years, Popular Mechanics is one year ahead with its Auto Excellence Awards. The 2011 prize winners have been announced, and in the “fuel efficiency” category the winner is the Ford Fiesta. They explain their choice by saying that “just about anybody can make a car fuel efficient with the aid of an electric motor, a generator or two and a few hundred lithium batteries” (not that it’s as easy to do that as they make it sound, ask Chrysler) but that to make an inexpensive hi…

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Running the Extra Mile from NYC to Kenya for Conservation

November 3, 2010 by  
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Running the Safaricom Marathon. Photo credit: Elodie Sampere/The Nature Conservancy This guest post was written by Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy . Running marathons and protecting biodiversity don’t usually go hand-in-hand

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At Copenhagen, Young Americans Are Disappointed in Their Country But Still Hoping for Change

December 15, 2009 by  
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Q&A with Jessy Tolkan, Energy Action Coalition Even if they aren’t being let into Copenhagen’s Bella Center for the final crucial days, non-governmental organizations have started a full court press for a fair and binding deal that would give developing natio… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Voices from Hopenhagen: Jessy Tolkan

November 30, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Hopenhagen Editor’s note: This post is by Jessy Tolkan, executive director for the Energy Action Coalition.

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