With smart energy storage systems on the rise, industry participants will gather in San Jose next month to recognize innovation and excellence in the field at Energy Storage North America 2014.
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Detroit is a dichotomy. The city’s innovative spirit that brought us the assembly line and the modern auto industry lives on in wildly successful new enterprises like Quicken Loans. Yet Detroit’s much-publicized poverty has spawned a depressed yet resilient culture that continues to struggle to pull itself out of the gutter.
Cost-effective and sustainable, restoring or mimicking natural ecosystems, such as wetlands, is proving to be an excellent means of water resource management and stewardship. Recognizing excellence in the field, the EPA awarded its first Region 4 Rain Catcher Award, Commercial Category to VW of America.
The World Resources Institute reported in 2011 that 75 percent of the world’s coral beds were in jeopardy of extinction — a gloomy prediction for the oceans’ essential ‘rainforest trees.’ Well, Israeli scientists have found an answer by reforesting the coral beds using hand-planted “coral carpets.”
Growth in 2013 was modest, but the U.S. continues to be a world leader in installed wind power capacity. Prospects for 2014-2015 remain cloudy, however, given the expiration of the federal PTC and policy uncertainty, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy.
“The 20th century economy was powered by big corporations that standardized everything because they never really knew their customers,” explains Brian Chesky, the 32-year-old founder of sharing economy darling AirBnB. “The 21st century economy will be powered by people.” Once again, it’s time to adapt or die.
Good urban planning that prioritizes a safe and pleasant pedestrian environment is a key tenet of sustainability, and could do wonders for the Las Vegas strip. There’s a long way to go, but Caesar’s new Linq development is a step in the right direction.
If women don’t take an interest in science and technology, who’s really losing out? Well, the truth is, it’s the companies, the industry, and – in the case of solar technology – everyone who cares about the environment who are missing out on valuable workers who can bring more to the table.
How do you measure the growth of green real estate? One way is by counting the total square footage dedicated to efficient design. And, according to a list recently put out by the U.S. real estate group CBRE, LEED- and Energy Star-certified office space is growing by leaps and bounds.
Germany’s Munich City Utilities and Sweden’s Vattenfall announced they will invest $1.6 billion in building Sandbank, an offshore wind farm capable of producing 1.6 terawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity.