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New EPA Emissions Standard Saves Lives, Creates Jobs

New fuel efficiency and emissions standards are creating stronger automotive jobs in the U.S., as research and development firms wind up to meet…
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Advancing the Science of Pollution-Cleaning Plants

Student research in Russia funded by the Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Research program has found a new use for a plant called myriad-leaf:…
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A Real War on Waste Has Yet to Be Declared

As Matthew May recently explained on the Harvard Business Review, being lean does not have to be mean; a war on waste has…
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How Baseball Could Usher in a Greener American Future

Major League Baseball broke the color barrier 7 years before The Supreme Court ruled in favor of desegregation. Today, MLB is stepping up…
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Zero Gachis Mobile App Solves Expired Supermarket Produce Problem

Expired food at supermarkets is a huge source of waste. Zero Gachis is an app that would allow merchants to set discounted prices…

Driving the Next Industrial Revolution Through Efficiency

By Ryan Matley, Rocky Mountain Institute President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address to capitalize on “the strongest two-year period…
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Social Enterprise as a Solution to NGO Redundancy

The non-profit economy is growing three times faster than the US economy, and if NGOs were an economy, it would be the seventh…

Electric Vehicles and Demand Response: A Marriage of Efficiency?

By Matthew Madden Will two technology trends converge to create a more energy efficient future? The long-awaited future is now for electric vehicles.…

4 Things to Consider Before Going Solar Thermal

Solar thermal technology (ie, solar hot water) provides space heating and/or hot water and is a frequently forgotten member of the solar power family. These…
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A Conversation with Stanford’s Jim Sweeney: Part 2

Part 2: The Most Efficient Efficiency Measures By Charles Shereda In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Jim Sweeney and I discussed the…
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GE’s GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater Saves $320 Annually, Plus Breaks Fossil Fuel Dependency

A few years ago, the water heater at my house gave out.  I had recently installed a 1.8 kW solar PV system on…

What’s Slowing Down Energy Efficiency Adoption?

By Janine Kubert We’ve made great strides with improving the efficiency of refrigerators over the past 30 years, cutting their energy use in…

Cleantech Trend: Boosting Fleet Efficiencies

Amid the poster-board displays and smiling, hand-shaking entrepreneurs at the Cleantech Open National Conference in San Jose last week, a trend emerged. A…
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Intelligent Technologies Hold Key To Greener Buildings

By Karl Griffith, Director of Enterprise Markets at Graybar A debate is a brewing in green-building circles as architects, engineers and designers consider…
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Maximizing Efficiency: How Much Toothpaste Can’t Be Squeezed Out?

Many people try squeezing every last bit out of products they use. Who hasn’t rolled up a tube of toothpaste in order to…