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Ohio Wind Farm Proves the Case for Smart Renewable Energy Policy

Ohio, it’s fair to say, isn’t known as a leader in the transition to renewable energy. Yet, in northwest Ohio’s Van Wert County sits Blue Creek Wind Farm, a 300-megawatt set of turbines that repudiates such resistance. In fact, the wind farm is a textbook case for why renewable energy deserves a public-policy tailwind, argues IEEFA Executive Director Sandy Buchanan.

SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics

Is There a Business Case for Product Take-Back?

There are many environmental and financial benefits to extended producer responsibility (EPR): the idea that a product’s manufacturers and retailers should assume responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of the product throughout its lifecycle, from sourcing the material and production to consumer use and disposal. But can EPR – and taking responsibility for a product’s waste management, in particular – augment a company’s bottom-line, or is it always a loss leader?

Twitter Chat Follow-Up: Leveraging Technology for Sustainability

During our recent Twitter chat with HP, one participant asked, “What are the greatest areas of opportunity for sustainability and technology?” Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President and Chief Progress Officer for HP, answered in 140 characters. Now, she responds in depth.

3p Weekend: 7 Things You Need to Know About Tesla’s New Home Battery

Some headlines predicted that Tesla’s new battery would “eliminate electricity bills,” while others took it a step further saying it would “change the world.” But now, after the big unveiling late Thursday night, the time for speculation is over. Quell your curiosity, and spend 10 minutes learning everything you need to know about Tesla’s new battery.

SPECIAL SERIES: Virginia Tech Series 2014

Where Do Mobile Phones Go When They Die?

As a society, we need to ask the hard questions about whether the e-waste we create is handled in a manner that we would find acceptable in terms of human and environmental impacts, wherever it ends up. If we don’t like the answers, then we should take action.

How the Internet of Things is Changing Residential Energy

The Internet of Things (IoT) has significantly changed the way people approach daily tasks. While this shift is already beginning to make our lives easier, what’s more exciting is its potential to significantly change the way we consume energy. Here are three predictions on how IoT will continue to change the energy space by 2025, from the CEO and founder of Smappee, a global energy management solution.

SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics

The State of Green Electronics: Where We Are Now

The electronics of tomorrow hold both great technological promise and the potential for environmental peril, says Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. Things like 3-D printers, wearables, converged devices and the cloud will continue to revolutionize how we interact with the world and with one another. Underlying that innovation are new challenges that need to be addressed.

Photos: These 4 Maps Give a Unique Look Into Global Challenges

In centuries past, two-dimensional, hand-drawn maps were indispensable to global exploration and travel. Today our technologically-produced maps are our visual keys to understanding the world’s greatest societal challenges: The world’s growing water risk, the geography of modern-day slavery and the visual impact of poverty all are a bit easier to visualize.

Refrigeration Battery Could Lower Supermarket Energy Use By 40 Percent

The capacity to deliver continuous electricity for refrigeration is one of the central planks of the modern-day food distribution system. Enter Berkeley, California-based Axiom Energy and its Refrigeration Battery: a water- and ice-based backup cooling system designed for use in large supermarkets and food distribution facilities.

Offshore Wind is (Finally) Coming to the U.S.

On Monday, Deepwater Wind broke ground on what’s expected to be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. At a planned 30 megawatts, the Block Island Wind Farm project marks what the Sierra Club calls “a watershed moment for American clean energy development.”