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Boulder demands more renewable energy from Xcel

Boulder Wants More Wind Power, and Wants It Now

The Boulder renewable energy plan could attract new businesses to the city by guaranteeing them access to more clean energy without the need for an up-front investment.

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

New Horizons for AC Refrigerants

The race is on to find alternatives to HFCs that have low GWPs and don’t deplete the ozone layer. Chemical companies have zoomed in on three alternative refrigerants: ammonia, propane and, ironically enough, carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Commuting by Bike in L.A. Can Be Harder than It Seems

According to a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau survey, 43 percent more Americans commute by bicycle than did in 2000 – and 70 percent more people living in large cities use bikes for commuting purposes than in 2000. Yet the city of Los Angeles is still way behind in statistics. Does that mean So Cal’s largest metropolitan area is doomed as a cycling capital? Hardly. It’s just getting started.

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Lost and Found in the American Carbon World

The Navigating the American Carbon World Conference, a three-day event (April 16-18th, 2013) in San Francisco, was jam-packed with workshops, meetings, offset credit offer info sessions, keynotes, plenaries, breakouts, and an exhibition hall featuring consulting services.

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Wisconsin Wind Sector Lagging

Despite ranking 16th among the top 20 states for wind energy potential, Wisconsin only added 18MW of wind energy capacity in 2012.

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Crowdsourcing Solar is a Bright and Powerful Idea

The past few years have been amazing for solar in the U.S. New capacity added in 2012 grew by 76% over the previous year. NREL recently estimated that the US has the potential to meet 20% of its total electric demand with solar. Yet, solar still only provides 1% of the total U.S. power demand. So why, if the potential is 20%, are we only at 1%?

From Green Buildings to Eco-districts to Eco-cities

From Green Buildings to Eco-Districts to Eco-Cities

The following is a guest post by our friends at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program (a 3p sponsor) – for the business leaders of the future who recognize the importance of all business moving towards true sustainability—economic, environmental, and social. By Brady McCartney Since its founding, the U.S. has seen its population steadily move … Continued

An H&M Panel at Vogue Examines How to Make Fashion More Sustainable

Last week, H&M hosted a panel at Vogue Headquarters in Times Square on the efforts within the fashion industry to become more sustainable. Can a fast fashion company be sustainable? How it can promote sustainability among consumers that don’t care too much about it in the first place?

Microwave 2.0 is a study in emotionally durable design

Microwave 2.0: A Study in Emotionally Durable Design

If emotional durability can be designed into a microwave oven, who knows how our consumer culture might change as our concepts of how we relate to the products we use every day evolves?