Microsoft on the value of power purchase agreements

July 19, 2017 by  
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The energy market has changed dramatically since Microsoft signed its first power purchase agreement (PPA) in 2012, according to Brian Janous, the tech company’s director of energy strategy. Back then, the idea of signing a 20-year PPA was novel, but now there is a massive uptick in companies participating in energy agreements. However, the risks of market fluctuation and falling prices are all material to designing electricity markets in the future. “More companies are signing a shorter PPA,” said Janous. “These things are not a free lunch.” 

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There is no ‘new normal’ for climate — only change

July 14, 2017 by  
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Still, there are many reasons we need to eliminate our carbon dioxide emissions, limit global warming and help society adapt to the future.

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Episode 82: Greening the big Apple; Peter Seligmann’s graceful exit

June 30, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, selling sustainable tourism, a chat with Honolulu’s first resilience officer and the future of urban mobility.

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The business case for holistic management

February 17, 2017 by  
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Agriculture is the “most destructive industry” in history, but Allan Savory reveals ancient practices that can enrich the future.

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Finland’s ‘School of the future’ prioritizes collaboration and interaction

January 10, 2017 by  
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Finland is well known for its innovative, personalized education system that is regarded among the best in the world. Now the country is also giving attention to the school buildings themselves, and how they could better engage young learners. Of note is the Saunalahti school in the city of Espoo. The fluid space designed by Verstas Architects looks more like a contemporary art space than a basic, if not dreary, brick and mortar public school building. All of the elements are purposefully designed in order to create a more positive learning experience for both children and the community. The school’s atmosphere, both inside and outside, is one of a warm welcome and connection with nature . The large windows mean that students need not feel disconnected or far from the outdoors. The brickwork was intentionally arranged in different building methods and in random patterns to help encourage the children’s learning. Each hallway is a distinct color, to help avoid getting lost. Notably absent are any fences.The unconventional learning space lends itself toward the inclusive, collaborative approach Finland’s education system is well known for. Related: Finland is giving 2,000 citizens a free basic income Across this 10,500 square meters of the school, students are invited to have open discussions, and sit comfortably as they choose. The cafeteria, shared by both teachers and students, doubles as a theater . The school’s open spaces are intentional-to inspire students to walk around and engage with one another. The school also plays a role in the wider community, and is open to all citizens of the community after school hours. The overall affect is one of learning without walls. The school, thanks to its design, sets a tone for students to thrive. + Saunalahti School Via Arch Daily

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Why city transportation is on the brink of a revolution

December 28, 2016 by  
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New report shows that when it comes to the future of urban transportation, self-driving cars are just the start.

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Meet the Beer That Could Reduce Climate Change

December 5, 2016 by  
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Long Root Ale might look like any other can of craft beer, but its contents could have a huge impact on what you eat and drink in the future — as well as the environment. That’s because the new brew from Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland contains…

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Think again before building public parking garages

November 21, 2016 by  
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City leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, are among several cities across the nation rethinking the future of parking downtown.”They’re saying, ‘Don’t build parking lots, don’t build garages, you aren’t going to need them,'” said Councilman Skip Moore, citing city planners at national conferences across the country.

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Episode 50: Overhauling oil; Congress and climate risk

October 28, 2016 by  
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Up this week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: A dispatch on the future of renewable energy and a look at the oil and gas industries in a climate-constrained world.

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3 trends propelling the spread of sustainable business

October 28, 2016 by  
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Big Data and circular economy principles play a starring role in this recent evolution.

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