Inside the rise and fall of NRG’s green strategy

July 17, 2017 by  
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The company’s former CEO is of two minds: Great for shareholders, but not so much for the planet — or the climate movement.

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VERGE Talk: renewable energy, climate change, and the tragedy of the commons

July 7, 2017 by  
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Hawaii has the opportunity to serve as a model for the rest of the world, but how are we going to live on the planet going forward?  DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria takes a closer look at how solutions to our current sustainability problems may lie in the past.  Get ready for a reality check on Hawaii’s path to a 100% renewable energy future.

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Accelerating resilience and energy security on islands

July 7, 2017 by  
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Henk Rogers joins the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy Energy Installations & Environment and CIO for Command, Control, Comms & Cyber Directorate at U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)  to discuss their frameworks for thinking about driving more resilience, energy security and sustainability solutions across islands. 

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VERGE Talk: living in a "living building” — a real-world report

July 7, 2017 by  
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The founder of Earth Day and developer of world’s greenest office building tells his story — and what it may mean for Hawaii.

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Pathways to a clean energy future: global perspectives

July 7, 2017 by  
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Hawaii, California, and New Zealand share at least one thing in common: they’re all on a path to clean energy. While utilities and regulators serve a defined geographic region, they see many of the same challenges. This opens up a world of opportunities for collaboration – in some unexpected ways.

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Day 3 Welcome

July 7, 2017 by  
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Closing plenary thoughts from the organizer and host.

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The power of transformative change

July 7, 2017 by  
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How can we untangle challenges at the nexus of nature and humanity? A holistic “radical remedy of the commons” is within reach. But we need better design thinking and far greater energy and urgency to bring it into being. By transforming markets and scaling enabling technologies, programs, and platforms that offer differentiated solutions for critical, systems-level challenges, we can strengthen the symbiosis between nature and humanity.  

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Macron and Schwarzenegger throw shade at Donald Trump in new climate video

June 26, 2017 by  
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Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” has become infamous – as it casually writes off the other 7.17 billion or so people that share the planet with America. But recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron is calling on Earth’s inhabitants to Make Our Planet Great Again – and he got together with Trump foe Arnold Schwarzenegger to throw a little shade at the American president. Schwarzenegger posted a video of himself and Macron, saying they were talking about a green future. Macron said they’d deliver together “to make the planet great again” – a reference to his new initiative to battle climate change regardless of Trump’s decision to yank America out of the Paris Agreement . Schwarzenegger described Macron as a great leader, a marked contrast on his view of his own country’s president. Related: US states and cities say they’re sticking to the Paris Accord without Trump I was truly honored to meet with President @EmmanuelMacron about how we can work together for a clean energy future. He's a great leader. pic.twitter.com/MSoxjIruup — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) June 23, 2017 On June 1, when Trump announced America would exit the Paris Agreement, Macron posted a Facebook video reiterating an offer he’d made before: “To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the President of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. I call on them: come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment .” (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain Posted by Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, June 1, 2017 Shortly after that he launched the Make Our Planet Great Again website, offering information for not only Americans but citizens of the world. Those interested in coming to France to work on climate change can submit their name and email address to receive information on coming. It appears Macron’s getting some big names on board to spread the message. Unless Trump wants a brain drain on his hands, maybe he should start paying attention to science . + Make Our Planet Great Again Via Mashable Images via Emmanuel Macron on Twitter and Gage Skidmore on Flickr

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This green-roofed cultural center in Sweden doubles as a vibrant public square

June 26, 2017 by  
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This green-roofed cultural center in Sweden blurs the line between the indoors and outdoors. Designed by Sweco Architects , the new Bergsjön Kulturhus grows out from the existing hill and blends with the square to form a unified environment. Sweco Architects won a competition to design a new culture house for Bergsjön, a district in eastern Gothenburg. The architects sought to weave storytelling, knowledge and recreation together like a “basket of possibilities”. An atrium serves as the core of the project, and surrounding spaces hold a library, a café, ateliers, exhibition space , meeting rooms, a studio, a small theater, a greenhouse and multi-use facilities. Related: Iceberg-inspired Greenland cultural center celebrates 20 years of resilience in the Arctic The building’s glass facade creates a visual connection between the interior and the green areas outside. Integrated into the surrounding urban fabric, the cultural center creates a welcoming atmosphere and functions as a social arena that fosters interaction. + Sweco Architects Images by Sofia Kourbetis, Linda Hansson

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This amazing farm in a box can pop up on any city street

June 26, 2017 by  
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It’s sometimes difficult to find fresh, local produce in urban environments. To solve this problem, Finnish enterprise Exsilio Oy has developed the EkoFARMER – an urban farm in a box. With a little bit of water and electricity, the EkoFARMER can sprout a flourishing veggie farm on any city block. Over the past decade, urban farming and community gardening have grown in popularity, with small gardens sprouting on top of skyscrapers – but they can be complicated and require elaborate supplies. EkoFarmer is a 13-meter long farming module that can be installed where there is a water and electrical supply. Containing ecological soil developed by Kekkilä, EkoFARMER was designed to produce optimal yields and be used for both commercial and scientific purposes. Related: Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israel’s oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables Exsilio is currently on the lookout for co-creation partners that are interested in developing their own farming modules based on their own requirements. Restaurants and institutional kitchens can benefit from EkoFARMER, which can also function as an excellent complementary solution for farmers to expand their traditional greenhouses . Related: Boston’s Higher Ground Farm Will be the Second-Biggest Rooftop Farm in the World “EkoFARMER is an excellent option for business fields in need of salads, herbs, (edible) flowers or medicinal plants, for example. The social aspect of urban farming is also prominent. For this reason, our solution is suitable for associations wanting to earn some extra income, or societies wanting to offer meaningful activities for the unemployed, for example. This is an opportunity to create new micro-enterprises”, said Tapio. + Exsilio Oy

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