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Michigan Cities Building a Sustainable Energy Platform: Holland, Ann Arbor and Beyond

This is the second post in a two-part series examining how Michigan cities are adopting sustainable energy efficiency platforms to recover from the economic downturn. In this installment, Dr. Haris Alibašić of the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability looks at efficiency strategies in Holland, Ann Arbor and beyond.

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The New Energy Landscape Part I: Impact and Sustainable Energy Investing

New research has added fuel to the debate about energy use and climate change. It’s more urgent than ever for impact and sustainable investors to put their capital where it will make a difference. In this article, we chart the new landscape of energy investing and provide insights into where to look for the best, most impactful places to place your capital.

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New IPCC Report: The World is On Track for a Hefty Temperature Increase

If the world continues down its current carbon-spewing course, global temperatures will hit a staggering 4.8 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by the end of the century, with potentially disastrous consequences for humanity, ecosystems, and sustainable development, according to a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Intel, High-Tech Leaders Rank High On Green Power Partnership Top 100

Proving it’s possible to power U.S. industry and commerce with renewable energy, high-tech industry giants rank among the EPA top 10 in U.S. green power usage. Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple, as well as retailers, government departments and U.S. colleges and universities, are all making growing use of clean, renewable energy resources and technology.

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Georgetown University Offers $5 Million Community Energy-Efficiency Prize

This week Georgetown University announced the launch of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million competition that challenges communities to come together, develop and implement a plan to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Fifty communities in 25 states have already signed letters indicating that they intend to compete.

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Pennsylvania Shale Gas Report Finds Little to Complain About

The 265-page “Shale-Gas Monitoring Report,” is just that: a comprehensive and carefully worded document about the results of the monitoring the state has conducted since 2011, while avoiding the use of the term hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource

What method of electricity generation is cheaper than solar, wind, oil or even coal? Trick question; it’s energy you don’t need to produce in the first place. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility

A recent study from political science professors at Princeton and Northwestern concludes that America is, as the incomparable Hamilton Nolan put it, actually more like an oligarchy than a democracy. In other words, it is corporations and wealthy individuals — not unions, public interest organizations or regular humans — who control the levers of power in America.