The profitable hospital system with sustainability in its DNA

April 10, 2017 by  
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Gundersen Health Systems became the first U.S. hospital to reach renewable energy independence, saved $3 million and improved community health.

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Why Siemens and a California tribe are building a microgrid

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Can microgrids make reservations more resilient? This project looks to be a fitting proving ground for energy independence.

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Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims

July 16, 2014 by  
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On June 6th, Fred Heutte’s  presentation to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Natural Gas Advisory Committee blew away idea of abundant, cheap natural gas  like a compressor station blow-down . Through the use of diagrams from places like the Energy Information Administration , Heutte dismisses conventional claims of energy independence; low-cost and production growth of shale gas up to and beyond 2040; liquified natural gas export terminals; and shale gas replacement of coal and oil for both transport and electricity generation. Read the rest of Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atlantic Sunrise , Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project , careers , Climate Change , climate chaos , climate justice , coal , corporations , Cove Point , destruction , dirty energy , earth , energy independence , Energy Justice Network , Energy Justice Summer , engineering , Environment , environmental engineering , environmental justice , extraction , FERC , Fossil Free , fossil fuels , fracking , government , green jobs , industry , inhabitat , jobs , lng , Maryland , methane , natural gas , non-disclosure agreements , pennsylvania , pipelines , renewables , Susquehanna , susquehanna county

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

January 16, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration , production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology , regulation and common sense , but that doesn’t appear to be standing in the way of the nation’s path towards becoming the world’s top producer of the oozy stuff . According to an International Energy Agency report , the US is on track to topple production by the notoriously oil-rich Saudi Arabia within five years, and to become a net oil exporter by 2030. In an trend that bodes incredibly poorly for the nation’s environmental health, many are championing the move away from foreign oil dependence and towards energy self-sufficiency. Read the rest of US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Climate Change , deepwater horizon , energy independence , energy self-sufficiency , fossil fuels , fracking , global warming , green economy , green jobs , IEA , International Energy Agency , natural disaster , natural resources , oil politics , oil production , saudi arabia , world’s largest oil producer

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

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Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration , production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology , regulation and common sense , but that doesn’t appear to be standing in the way of the nation’s path towards becoming the world’s top producer of the oozy stuff . According to an International Energy Agency report , the US is on track to topple production by the notoriously oil-rich Saudi Arabia within five years, and to become a net oil exporter by 2030. In an trend that bodes incredibly poorly for the nation’s environmental health, many are championing the move away from foreign oil dependence and towards energy self-sufficiency. Read the rest of US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Climate Change , deepwater horizon , energy independence , energy self-sufficiency , fossil fuels , fracking , global warming , green economy , green jobs , IEA , International Energy Agency , natural disaster , natural resources , oil politics , oil production , saudi arabia , world’s largest oil producer

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Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

January 16, 2013 by  
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Google Earth has already been helpful in such endeavors as monitoring the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and determining the location of landmines. Now, advocates of urban agriculture are using the technology to help identify and catalog food-producing areas in Chicago. Previous attempts at recording the plots of land at ground level were often difficult and inaccurate. When Sarah Taylor Lovell’s lab from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at first tried to verify over 1,200 community garden projects, they found that only 13 per cent were places that actually grew food. After intrepid student John Taylor spent nearly 400 hours pouring over Google Earth in 2010, he discovered 4,648 production sites covering 65 acres. Personal visits to the sites confirmed that 86 per cent were viable horticultural hotspots. Taylor’s data from 2010 was recently published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning . His information is also helping Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) sponsored by Advocates for Urban Agriculture to find, monitor, and represent community gardens and private food producers. Guided by Taylor’s map, the CUAMP will start the pilot phase of their project within the next couple of weeks. They hope to eventually calculate the total harvest of all of the plots. With this information, they will be able to better connect farmers and local suppliers, farm stands with markets and restaurants, and community members with one another. Establishing these relationships may also be one of the few ways that urban areas can combat food deserts and introduce the only available supplies of fresh produce. “It’s all part of one big thing … increasing local food production,” Billy Burdett of Advocates for Urban Agriculture told NPR . Urban agriculture “in a lot of cases is the best and even only option for folks to have access to healthy, locally grown food.” A 2012 review of Google earth data saw a 50 percent jump in the number of Chicago community gardens from the last examination, a development that will surely keep the researchers busy for some time to come. + Advocates for Urban Agriculture Via NPR

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NAIAS 2013: Chinese Automaker Guangzhou Shows Off Three Green Electric and Hybrid Models in Detroit

January 16, 2013 by  
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We love the idea of bi-directional house-vehicle charging, which seems to be an increasingly popular concept among automakers who realize the potential advantages of using a vehicle as a house or equipment generator. The looks of the Trumpchi GS5-BEV are also better than we expected, given the low bar set at previous auto shows by other Chinese automakers such as Geely. Guangzhou actually brought three green models to show off, including its GS5-BEV, the 4WD Trumpchi Hybrid sedan, and the E-jet Concept Extended-Range electric car. The company was a little light on details for these cars, but we love the look of the E-jet concept, which promises a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds. + GAC

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Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

November 12, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The remote Pacific Island territory of Tokelau has officially become the world’s first solar-powered nation ! The population of 1,411 people decided to end their reliance on around 2,000 barrels of diesel each year, and instead install 4032 photovoltaic panels and 1344 batteries to produce 150 percent of the populations’ energy needs . While the vast majority of power will be provided by the solar systems, it will be supplemented by biofuels produced from locally-sourced—and plentiful— coconuts . Read the rest of Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% renewable energy , coconut biofuel , coconut fuel , coral atolls , Diesel Fuel , energy independence , first solar powered nation , New Zealand , pacific island , powersmart , Solar Power , Tokelau , tokelau renewable energy project , trep

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Oil Shale Development in the West Threatens Hundreds of Thousands of Acres of Wildlife

February 27, 2012 by  
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It seems that fracking’s ugly cousin, oil shale extraction , is roaring its ugly head in the Rockies this week as the Republican-led Congress passed a bill on the 16th to require the Bureau of Land Management to create at least five commercial lease sales on the government-held land in the Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming regions where oil shale exists. Oil shale extraction is a time-intensive and costly method of removing kerogen, from which shale oil can be extracted using special processes and can be used as a substitute for crude oil. Environmentalists argue that it is a destructive process that has not been tested fully to ensure safety to water sources and nearby wildlife. Proponents say it is a great way to create some good old American-made energy, by spending a ton of cash to destroy an ecosystem where we could instead just stick some windmills on the same land for less cost and call it a day. Read the rest of Oil Shale Development in the West Threatens Hundreds of Thousands of Acres of Wildlife Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy independence , environmental destruction , fossil fuels , mountain top mining , oil extraction , shale oil , shale oil environmental issues , shale oil environmental worries , shale oil extraction , surface mining , what is shale oil

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Elocal Infographic Shows How Much Water Your Home is Wasting

February 27, 2012 by  
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From spending five extra minutes in the shower to leaving the faucet running while you do the dishes, you most likely waste more water in your home than you think you do. While fresh water is a renewable resource, we consume clean, usable water at rates faster than it can be replenished. Elocal compiled information from a variety of experts to put together a very informative infographic about residential water consumption in the United States, highlighting the fact that the average U.S. family uses 127,000 gallons of water every year! Read the rest of Elocal Infographic Shows How Much Water Your Home is Wasting Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elocal , low flow fixtures , us residential water use , water conservation , water issues , water usage infographic , water use infographic , world water supply

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