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‘Green Building’ Movement Gains Traction Worldwide

Businesses worldwide see attractive returns and social-environmental benefits from enhancing the overall sustainability of their operations, including conserving and enhancing efficiencies for energy, water and other natural resources, according to a SmartMarket report from McGraw-Hill Construction and UTC Climate, Controls and Security.

Seattle City Model: prototype for the future of sustainable urban development

Seattle 3D Model: A Prototype for Sustainable Urban Development

No longer is 3D modeling a rare occurrence in the building design process. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a widely accepted practice growing steadily more powerful with advances in computing power, especially with the latest trends in mobile and cloud-based computing. A 3D model of Seattle is the newest tool in urban development.

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Guatemala’s Quetsol Campaigns to Change the Way Solar is Distributed

A small Guatemalan renewable energy company wants to change the way solar is sold to low-income rural families, saying that the popular and historically efficient microloan system is too slow in some areas of Central America. To show how committed it is to this idea, the company has created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that is gaining steam.

Many Kickstarter projects, like this one are wildly successful in their concept. But what about those funded projects that don't make it to prototype?

When Kickstarter Investors Have Buyers Remorse

What do investors do when a Kickstarter project they’ve been rooting for (and invested good, hard money in to see succeed) doesn’t make it past the prototype stage? And whose responsibility is it to safeguard against that, anyhow? The answer may be in the investor’s research.

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Green Roofs Boost Photovoltaic Panels

Combining roof-mounted photovoltaic panels with vegetation can help boost the effect of photovoltaic panels. Green roofs have many additional energy saving benefits to offer.

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Operational Improvements and the Energy Landscape of the Future

Buildings consume more energy than any other global asset. In 2011, U.S. utilities spent an estimated $3.3 billion on the commercial buildings sector, yet roughly 30% of building energy is wasted. The commercial buildings industry is sitting on an opportunity to basically double its energy-saving potential, while slashing implementation costs.

Endless Coal Myth

Does China Really Need U.S. Coal?

There are many reasons to oppose exporting U.S. coal to Asia, including huge health, safety and environmental risks. But what if the entire underlying economic rationale—China’s supposed insatiable demand for U.S. coal exports— now no longer exists?

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Entergy: Utilities Should Focus on Climate Change Risk Mitigation

At the 2013 Climate Leadership Conference in DC, Rod West, Executive Vice President at Entergy Corporation urged the 450 attendees to stop focusing on converting people to climate change believers and start focusing on the cost of doing nothing. “I could give a rat’s cheek whether you’re a true believer – as a business people … Continued

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What is a Smart Meter?

Smart meters can benefit the bottom line by motivating energy efficiency, and by providing businesses with an incentive to adopt renewable energy and EV-to-grid technology.

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Ambre Energy’s PNW Coal Export Plans Face Financial Problems

Australia’s Ambre Energy has big plans to open two coal train export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but a number of financial woes for the company, including money-losing coal mines, large write-offs for failed overseas ventures, major liabilities for mine cleanup and pensions, troubled assets, high borrowing costs, and a need for $1 billion in new capital to make its coal projects financially viable, might cause it to grind to a halt.

LCA, Life Cycle Assessment, Nutrition

How Using Life Cycle Assessment Is Like Trying To Eat Healthy

Companies often face trade-offs when evaluating the environmental impacts of a product. Whereas a nutritional label reports calories, fat content, and the like, LCA reports deal in climate change impacts, acidification, ozone depletion, and so on. Trade-offs are inherent, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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The Pros and Cons of Energy Storage Systems

As we begin to move away from fossil fuels, it is important to recognize that those fuels provided two functions in one. They were both energy sources and energy storage systems. In the new world of renewables, those two functions will have to be provided separately.