A call to action to clean-economy entrepreneurs

July 25, 2018 by  
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Can 1,000 or more innovators and startups persuade governments to step up the pace of climate action?

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Marriott plans to save 1 billion plastic straws a year

July 25, 2018 by  
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Stirring up plastics and tourism.

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The data on green data centers is still pretty cloudy

April 24, 2018 by  
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Efficiency gains and clean power investments are adding up for companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, but the pace of digital expansion is making it tough to keep up.

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Cities mobilize to avert ‘peak delivery’ congestion

April 24, 2018 by  
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The rise of online shopping is jamming traffic and creating new urban sustainability challenges.

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Is more tech the answer to climate woes? New study says yes

January 9, 2017 by  
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New study shows that tenfold increase in the pace of clean tech deployment is required to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

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Could Trump’s presidency be a gift in disguise?

January 9, 2017 by  
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When old orders implode faster than new ones can self-assemble, confusion, uncertainty and fear can go off the scale — but flux makes space for fresh ideas.

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Obama targets 1 gigawatt of solar for lower income homes by 2020

July 22, 2016 by  
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The Obama Administration wants to make solar energy available to every American regardless of income. In that spirit, the White House just announced a partnership with six federal agencies – the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative – to bring 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar to low- and moderate- income families by 2020. The goal is a tenfold increase over the president’s initial target set in his Climate Action Plan , which called for 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy on federally-assisted affordable housing by 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=141&v=uYhzg6XTOjY “Solar panels are no longer for wealthy folks who live where the sun shines every day. They are already a reality for Americans and communities all across the country,” Obama said in a video statement . “Today we’re offering even more families and communities the chance to choose cleaner sources of energy that save you money and protect the planet for all of us.” Related: Average cost of solar and wind energy could fall by 59% in the next decade The initiative involves the Departments of Energy (DOE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To achieve the administration’s 1 GW goal, the government plans to make it easier for homeowners to take advantage of the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that allows homeowners and veterans the opportunity to install solar panels and make energy efficiency improvements at no up-front cost, paying for solar and energy efficiency retrofits through future savings on energy bills. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, the initiative includes more than 120 new solar and energy efficiency commitments from the private, state, local and philanthropic sectors in 36 states. The commitments represent $287 million in investment and nearly 280 MW of community solar and low-and moderate income solar deployment. The White House said that the United States generates 30 times more solar power than eight years ago before the president took office and that the cost of solar energy systems has been reduced by more than 70 percent. The administration also said that the solar industry is adding jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a plan to increase American solar power 700 percent by 2027. Clinton wants to deploy half a billion solar panels by the end of her first term and enough clean energy to provide electricity to every home in the United States within 10 years. Her opponent in the general election, Republican nominee Donald Trump, has shown a preference for fossil fuels over clean energy. Trump recently tapped a fossil fuels advocate as his energy adviser and is considering appointing someone from the fracking industry to be the nation’s next energy secretary. Via SeeNews Renewables Lead image via Wikipedia

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Earthquake-resistant Torre Reforma skyscraper is a beacon of sustainability in Mexico City

July 22, 2016 by  
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Arup collaborated with L. Benjamin Romano Arquitects (LBRA) to design Torre Reforma’s eye-catching triangular form that rises as the second tallest building in the city. The striking appearance was achieved with pre-tensioned double-V hangers that support the glazed facade. Concrete poured in 70-centimeter increments show off striations and variations in color. To make the most of Torre Reforma’s stunning panoramic views , the architects created a column-free interior with soaring ceiling heights. The egress stairways and 35 elevators—Torre Reforma is the building with the most elevators in Latin America—are located in the corner, or “apex,” of the triangular plan. “Because Torre Reforma is triangular in plan, the building has an inherent tendency to twist when subjected to lateral loads and wind, not to mention earthquake forces,” says a press release. “Arup applied a comprehensive time-history analysis to establish the performance of the structure under extreme seismic conditions and engineered a solution that is both locally appropriate and consistent with international best-practice designs for tall buildings.” Related: Green-roofed LEED Platinum CENTRO University offers an idyllic study oasis in Mexico City Torre Reforma is expected to attain LEED Platinum Core and Shell certification. The building boasts rainwater collection as well as a graywater and blackwater recycling systems. Automated and passive ventilation moderate interior temperatures, while concrete walls shield the interior from unwanted solar gain. + Arup + L. Benjamin Romano Arquitects Images © Torre Reforma

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3 missteps to avoid when setting the pace for sustainability

September 18, 2012 by  
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Executing a successful program over the long-term requires a steady hand. Here's how to set yourself up for success.

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Feds on PACE to torpedo popular energy efficiency program

June 28, 2012 by  
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Federal officials' opposition to the PACE financing program for energy efficiency improvements was highlighted in a recent rulemaking notice inviting public comment on the program.

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