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U.S. Public Transit Reports Record Ridership in 2013

Don’t tell the public transit naysayers who maintain that Americans will never get out of their beloved automobiles: Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year – the highest annual ridership number in 57 years, according to the 2013 ridership report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). In fact, public transit rides rose by 1.1 percent in 2013, while miles driven only increased 0.3 percent.

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Cape Wind Offshore Energy Project Wins Important Legal Victory

A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C. ruled against opponents of the Cape Wind offshore energy project in four lawsuits that challenged the project’s permitting approval by the U.S. Department of Interior.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Calls New Jersey Direct-Sales Ban an ‘Affront’ on the Free Market

If you’re a New Jersey resident thinking about buying a Tesla Model S, you’d better act fast: You have until the end of the month to purchase the all-electric sedan from the company’s stores in the Garden State. Starting April 1, the luxury electric car maker will not be able to sell cars from its New Jersey stores, according to a ruling made last week by the state’s motor vehicle commission.

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GM Opens LEED Gold Plant in Brazil

GM announced the opening last week, of its latest LEED Gold engine factory in Joinville, Brazil — the first LEED Gold automotive plant in South America. The plant features a 350 kW solar CHP array that provides enough electricity to handle all the lighting for both the factory floor and the offices. That’s equivalent to powering 220 homes. At the same time, it heats 15,000 liters (3,962 gallons) of hot water per day.

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Costa Rica May Keep Carbon Neutrality Goal

“Costa Rica opposition group says to scrap 2021 carbon neutrality target,” reads the headline of a recent Reuters news article. Standing on its own, the headline is accurate. However, lacking context, it could be misleading, causing readers who don’t venture beyond the headline to conclude Costa Rica will be dropping its goal of achieving carbon neutrality completely. That isn’t the case.

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Method Breaks Ground on Its First U.S. Factory in Chicago

Eco-friendly cleaning supply company Method is known for pushing the envelope even in the sustainable business community: encouraging a work culture of “weirdness” to keep employees happy and recycling plastic litter from the Great Pacific garbage patch into product packaging. Now the San Francisco-headquartered company is working on another cutting-edge initiative, unveiling design plans for its first U.S. manufacturing plant that it hopes will be the first LEED Platinum certified factory in the consumer packaged goods industry.

Ridesharing Firms Struggle to Meet Needs of Americans with Disabilities

Like many living in San Francisco and other major cities across the United States, I have come to rely on transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar to get me around town. TNCs have revolutionized the way many of us get from Point A to Point B, but not for all of us — not yet, anyway. There is a small but significant group that has long been let down by public transportation — the disabled community — and TNCs are struggling to break this trend.

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Toyota i-Road Electric Vehicle Expands to France

The ingenious Toyota i-Road electric vehicle car-share program is ideal for urban commuters and is now under testing in Aichi, Japan in self-service vehicle-sharing stations. Now, there are plans to deploy nearly 70 vehicles in the town of Grenoble in the French Alps, for a three-year test, starting at the end of 2014.


Wind Energy Protects Water Security, Says Report

How do we measure water usage? Well, one way, says wind energy experts, is in our power. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and its counterpart in Europe, EWEA, share stats on where that precious water is really going — just in time for U.N. World Water Day.


Investment Fund Launches Model For Energy Efficiency Financing

“What is missing in the energy efficiency industry is akin to what is allowing solar to take off now,” says Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, “There has been no ability to create investments, which can be re-bundled and sold to investors down the line.”

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Big Ben May Get a Solar Face Lift

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 34 percent by 2020, the U.K. Parliament may add solar panels to Big Ben in an iconic solar installation.


Cut the Cord On Your Utility? It Could Be Possible Sooner Than You Think

With performance improving, production volumes rising and costs on the decline, the combination of solar PV and intelligent battery storage systems — dubbed “utility in a box” — will enable more and more electric utility customers throughout the U.S. to cut the cord linking them to utility grids and usher in the end of the centralized electric utility business model, according to a new study.