Salesforce, the software-as-a-service company that Bloomberg Businessweek recently called “a cloud computing king,” announced last week that it is “committing to work to steadily increase the amount of renewable energy we use in our data center operations, to reach our goal to be fully powered by renewable energy.”
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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing of clean technologies is making a comeback by targeting commercial properties. PACE is a financing program where cities or counties allow property owners to pay the financing cost for upgrading their building with clean technologies through property taxes.
A University of Illinois study concluded treated wastewater could be just as efficient as fresh potable water for the production of cellulosic ethanol.
Smart buildings include energy efficiency upgrades, such as “smart” HVAC systems that communicate more information to energy consumers, providers and technicians, resulting in a healthier, more comfortable indoor environment without a consequent increase in energy costs.
Last Thursday, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Flight 642 completed the first weekly flight from New York’s JFK Airport to Amsterdam using sustainable biofuels.
The clean tech investment community now has almost fifteen years of intense experience and there are now proven best practices. Kiki Tidwell, experienced clean tech angel investor, offers insights on clean tech investing best practices and provides a quality example of the emerging role women are playing in clean tech investing.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?