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Solar PV is perhaps what most people think of when they think of renewables (though we actually use more biomass). Solar PV can be used anywhere the sun shines as long as there is space available. Enough sunlight falls on the Earth in one hour, to meet the world’s energy demand for a year, if it could be collected.
Johnson Controls, a $40 billion company with 162,000 employees across the globe, builds on its CSR track record with the release of its 2011 Business and Sustainability Report.
As you may have seen, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a $120 million settlement last week, with utility company NRG that will be used to fund a large scale infrastructure effort for electric vehicles. This statewide charging network will include at least 200 fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state. This not only puts California at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, it also will encourage these cars to range widely across the state, beyond the limitations of their batteries.
Undoubtedly sobered by the plight of the Chevy Volt, which recently idled production for five weeks, furloughing 1300 workers in an effort to draw down excess inventory, the Ford Focus EV team has taken a number of innovative steps to avoid a similar plight.
Wind and solar energy are currently prohibitively expensive to store. Environmental and electrical engineers have made recent developments towards making green energy a more integral part of the grid.
Almost every day you can find on the media news on renewable energy and sometimes it’s so overwhelming that you can’t see the forest for the trees. Therefore I always appreciate the opportunity to stop for a minute and get a better look at the big picture. Such an opportunity was The Wall Street Green Summit that took place in New York. This event provided many interesting perspectives on the present and the future of the cleantech sector, and I’d like to share three main themes from the summit that seemed to be having the greatest influence on the industry. I’ll divide them into the good, the bad and the ugly.
Just kidding! Happy April Fools 2012 :-) While the race to the Republican presidential nomination continues to bristle with confrontation and finger pointing, there is one thing both front-runners suddenly agree on: the new economy will be powered by the sun, and it will happen sooner that we think. Both former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former … Continued
In a tragic twist of unbridled proportions, Conservatives have started recycling, but Environmentalists have ceased recycling actions. What stimulated this sudden role reversal? What effect does this have on not only the environment, but the economy?
Colgate-Palmolive announced their sustainability objectives leading up to 2015 in a CSR report, Giving the World Reasons to Smile, which centers around the concepts of people, performance, and planet. Focus areas of improvement are stated as promoting health, contributing to communities, saving water, and reducing climate and environmental impact.
Expired food at supermarkets is a huge source of waste. Zero Gachis is an app that would allow merchants to set discounted prices on soon to expire product, that nearby app users would be alerted of, and in the process, accumulate points that will equal cash donations to area food banks.
A former ad-exec in North Carolina, Nancy Welsh wants to stop the tear-down epidemic and use the resource of America’s boarded up homes to help solve the housing crisis. Her group Builders of Hope has repeated the recipe in several US cities.