A recent Worldwatch Institute report points out that while oil still represents the largest energy source, both coal and natural gas have seen significant increases in production and consumption. The increase comes, despite rising global awareness of carbon’s role in causing climate change, and despite coal being the largest carbon-emitting energy source of all.
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Flying is irritating enough without misleading information getting in the way. So how would you like to know that many of the flights listed on airport monitors around the county do not exist? I call them “liar’s flights” and they exist only in the imagination of the airlines that fabricate them.
Was 2012 a good year in terms of sustainable consumption, where people purchased more green products while adopting alternative and more sustainable practices, such as car sharing? And if so, to what extent?
EPA chief Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she will be leaving her position as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. She said she has discussed her departure with the President and will step down after the January inauguration.
A lot of incentive programs for energy efficiency and power-saving appliances expire at the end of 2012, including some that you or your company could still take advantage of. But you need to act fast.
Today, an increasing number of construction firms are relying on building information modeling (BIM) to plan their LEED credits before the construction phase. Once it’s time to build, firms are turning to LEED-specific project management software to keep documentation in order, improve team collaboration and share knowledge on project best practices. Here are five ways these technologies can help drive efficiencies in the LEED accreditation process.
In 2012 we had many entrepreneurs that worked hard to create a more sustainable future. While we don’t have the space to mention each and every new entrepreneur and start-up, we did choose a list of 10 start-ups that we loved in 2012 and believe we’ll hear more about in the upcoming years.
Imagine a world where Forever 21 and other purveyors of fast fashion took recourse to keep your old clothes and shoes in circulation as a new shirt or something useful.
SC Johnson, manufacturer of some of the most iconic household products in America, has just powered up a gigantic wind power installation at its Waxdale, Wisconsin plant. In a cosmic bit of sustainability coincidence, electricity from the wind turbines will help to produce the aptly named Windex cleanser along with Scrubbing Bubbles and Glade.
The building analytics company WegoWise has just nailed down an agreement to acquire the software company Melon Power, and the combination promises to help propel millions of buildings into a more energy efficient future, from single family homes to commercial properties.
Union Pacific Corporation, the company that owns and operates the iconic Union Pacific Railroad, has added a new locomotive to its ultra low-emission diesel fleet at the Chicago rail yard. With the addition of the new locomotive, Union Pacific has now unveiled seven of the so-called “Genset” (short for generator-set) switcher locomotives in Chicago.
Schools and the communities surrounding them are often cheerleaders for “green” building certifications, but few people know what these programs include, or why they are important. This article takes a look at two of the most popular programs—LEED for Schools, and CHPS.
Detroit is not a city that most immediately equate with sustainability or environmental stewardship, but its school district has taken a huge step forward by developing an ambitious sustainability plan.