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Warby Parker: An Eyeglass Company with an Inspiring Vision

Last Friday I had an experience many of you may share: wandering around the optical shop after an eye exam, eyes blurry and cartoonishly dilated, looking at potential glasses for the first time. Though I could barely see, I saw something was extremely off: the prices of the glasses themselves. A basic level pair was … Continued

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EPA Protects West Coast Ports Besieged by Coal

Coal ports in the Northwest threaten the regions work to reduce pollution and embrace clean energy. In a long-awaited move, the EPA has called in the Army Corps of Engineers to review plans for West Coast coal ports. Finally, alarmed environmentalists and frightened local residents are getting help from the Federal government.

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Green Button Energy Program Gathers Steam

Earlier this year the Obama Administration launched the ambitious Green Button initiative, designed to help utility companies across the nation coordinate new energy-saving technologies with startups and other innovators. Green Button calls for the utility sector to standardize its energy data and make it available to consumers in a user-friendly format online. The underlying goal … Continued

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EPA Offers Free Solar & Wind Tools to Tap into Gigawatts of Energy

There are more than 490,000 potentially contaminated properties covering some 15 million acres of land across the US. Aiming to help local communities and landowners make good use of them, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Renewable Energy (NREL) on April 25 launched a set of tools that enable communities and landowners to evaluate contaminated and underutilized properties’ renewable energy potential.

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Combined Heat and Power: Pros and Cons

Combined heat & power (CHP) or cogeneration, is really not an energy source itself, but rather more of an energy multiplier, squeezing more usable energy out of each unit of fuel most everywhere it is applied. Without CHP, fuel is used to provide electricity and then additional fuel is used for heat, which in many cases is a missed opportunity. It is most commonly used with a fossil fuel input source today, though it is sometimes combined with biomass or even solar to improve their efficiency.

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10 Green Lessons from the Sustainable Operations Summit

The Sustainable Operations Summit in New York, featured many interesting and smart people, from President Bill Clinton to Amory Lovins, talking about the green economy. Here are 10 takeaways, that provide valuable lessons or at least some food for thought.

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Naked Energy Delivers Solar Electricity and Hot Water in One Package

Naked Energy is a new British start-up company that claims to have invented a hybrid solar technology that can produce both electricity and hot water. The tubular solar collectors produce hot water which is not only useful in itself but it also helps to regulate the temperature of the panel, keeping it from getting too hot, which improve its efficiency.