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US energy infrastructure needs help and mitigation plans

Posted by External article from The Christian Science Monitor - Weekly Digital Edition on Sunday, November 11, 2012, In : News 
A Climate Central report from earlier this year highlighted the amount of energy infrastructure around the country that is close to sea level. Louisiana, of course, comes across as the clearest example of energy infrastructure at risk to rising seas, with 163 major energy facilities at five feet above sea level or less. Surprisingly, New Jersey and New York are ranked 5th and 6th in the country, respectively, for the amount of infrastructure that is within 5 feet of sea level.

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Beyond Recycling - Go Green With Your Kids

Posted by Guest Author Donna DeForbes, on Friday, October 26, 2012, In : Guest Blogger 
Have “power down” days. We humans are addicted to electricity and all its accompanying gadgets. There should be a few days each year (once per season is nice) where the family “powers down.” This means no TV, music, computer, electric lights, etc. (You can still eat, of course, but try using the more natural gas stove instead of microwave radiation.) My husband and I have powered down for many a Winter Solstice. It’s a way of slowing life down for a bit and reconnecting with each ot...
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Schools Raise the Roof on Solar Energy

Posted by Guest Editor news from NREL on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Guest Blogger 
In one 50-minute period last month, the Intro to Engineering students at Chatfield High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, charted the strength of solar panels at their desks, then climbed through a trap door to examine the 100-kilowatt solar array on their school's flat roof.

"You see a couple of panels that have been shattered by last year's wind storm," teacher Joel Bertelsen told the 32 students, who were peering intently at the panels when not testing the springiness of the roof. "I...
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Bio Gas - Can You Use Poop to Power Your Car?

Posted by Guest Author Donna DeForbes, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, In : Must read 
Donna DeForbes a great writer and eco-mom, she is our new contributor!  Donna wrote a very cool post about bio gas and the multiple options out there for transforming solid waste into energy.  According to the article, under the gentler moniker of ‘bio-gas’, businesses around the globe are seeking ways to harness the power of human waste, which contains bacteria that releases methane gas (also known as Natural Gas and CH4).

Using solid waste from 70 homes, British company GENeco powered a ...
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Meet the Zero-Emission Bus (ZBus) Regulation

Posted by Guest Editor on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, In : Must read 
In 2000 the Zero-Emission Bus (ZBus) regulation was established. Its intentions were to develop a Californian transit system made up of 15% zero emission buses. This formation of this regulation would also meet California’s air quality, greenhouse gas, and energy security goals.

Source: Zero-Emission Bus Design

Zbus’ produce zero smog pollutants and when compared to diesel-fueled buses, is predicted to reduce greenhouse gases by 46 percent. They have centralized fueling that allows one s...
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Green Future Part 1 of 2 in the Series

Posted by Guest Editor on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : Must read 
Innovation is Here!

In order to combat the world’s more problematic environmental issues, scientists, researchers, and architects have been coming up with exciting and innovating fixes.

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What Makes the MIRAI NIHON Project so Amazing?

Posted by Guest Author on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Guest Blogger 
Earlier last year, Japan experienced a 9.0 earthquake followed by massive tsunamis. The destruction that occurred killed thousands and left many more homeless. One of the many unfortunate side effects of this natural catastrophe was the threat of nuclear disaster.

Concerns revolving around energy and basic life services for the future plagued Japanese people. That is where a Japanese advertising firm, TBWA/Hakuhodo, along with Nissan, NEC, and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, came...
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Green Energy Matrix in the US Food System

Posted by Guest Editor on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, In : Must read 
Energy breakdown for the food production system includes about 20 percent of overall energy used in agricultural production, 14 percent for transport, 16 percent for processing, another 7 percent for packaging, 4 percent in food retailing 7 percent in restaurants and caterers and a whopping 32 percent goes to home refrigeration and preparation.

What do you think are the solutions to this challenge:

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Do you want to be green, lose weight, and help save the planet?

Posted by Editor on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : Must read 
Do you want to develop a healthier lifestyle?
Do you want to embrace green living?
Do you want to help save the planet?
Do you want to lose weight?

Try the city sponsored "prescription" being followed by Parisians, Londoners, Berliners, Brazilians, the Dutch, and very soon... New Yorkers!  

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and a group of elected officials announced the big plan for public bikes around NYC. Some key facts are: 

Within the service area, which will stretch fro...

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Join the Environmental Advocates of New York for Earth Day!

Posted by Guest Editor on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Must read 

It's one of our favorite times of the year—when hundreds of concerned citizens from across New York State travel to Albany to call on lawmakers to vote green!

Please join us for the 22nd annual Earth Day Lobby Day!

         When:Wednesday, April 25, 2012
9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
 Where:      New York State Capitol
Albany, NY
 RSVP:Click here to register

At Earth Day Lobby Day, you'll hear from state government and environmental leaders, learn about environmental bills that are pending in Albany, and lob...

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Ready for a recap after 20 long years? Join us at Rio +20

Posted by Guest Editor on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : Must read 
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, will be held from 13 to 22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is known as Rio +20 because it marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), and should help define the sustainable development agenda for the coming decades.

Brazil's petition to host Rio +20 was approved in the 6th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 2009. The objective of the...
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The Good News from Cleveland's Evergreen Cooperatives

Posted by Editor on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, In : Must read 
To repair the planet, business must go further than simply doing less harm. In the second of a series of posts examining investment models that help restore the resiliency of business, society and the earth, Capital Institute's Susan Arterian highlights the efforts of Cleveland's Evergreen Cooperatives.

Inspired by the Mondragon group of cooperatives in Spain, the Evergreen Cooperative members are attempting to "build resiliency and redefine wealth through hands-on ownership of capital, a mo...
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Sustainable Houses, The Key to Our Future?

Posted by Editor, via CNET on Sunday, October 9, 2011, In : Must read 
What do you think of sustainable houses?
The technology used for building is improving every day, but if it's a super energy-efficient dwelling you're after, the tools are already well at hand. Once a year, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association organizes a green buildings open house where energy nerds like us can see the latest in home efficiency. 

Source: CNET

On the other hand, if you want to built a different house, to be in harmony with nature. You might want to consider these inexpen...

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Was Cancun a Watershed for Business and Climate Change? (via CEF)

Posted by Editor on Monday, December 20, 2010, In : News 
By Maryann Jones Thompson (via CEF)

The Cancun international climate negotiations defied low expectations by producing a set of modest “Cancun Agreements,” which delegates argue provide a strong base for a comprehensive agreement next year. Key outcomes included:

  • Creation of a new “Green Climate Fund” (with the The World Bank as “Trustee”) that aims to disburse $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poor countries adapt to climate change impacts and assist with low-carbon developme...

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Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) is set to close by year’s end

Posted by Editor C on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, In : Guest Blogger 
Via Guest Blogger - with excerpts from Bloomberg Businessweek article

Speaking after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama has backed away from a cap-and-trade program saying he will work with Republicans on other ways to cut carbon emissions, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

A cap-and-trade program was included in the climate bill passed by the House last year, but stalled in this year’s Senate. Peter Shattuck, a carbon-markets policy analyst at ...

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Citizens of which nation are the most sustainable consumers? Is it the super-liberal Dutch? The enlightened and sophisticated French? The affluent Scandinavians?

Posted by Editor on Monday, June 21, 2010, In : News 

by Timothy Curran

Perhaps surprisingly, the Greendex study which surveys 17,000 people, 1000 in 17 different countries, on their habits and attitudes in relation to consumer choices finds that the residents of developing nations of Brazil, India and China are the most sustainable consumers. France, Canada and the USA rank the lowest.

While these results may be encouraging to those concerned with how economic growth will affect the environment, they do not sit well with the environmental real...

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NYSERDA’s program to swap out your appliances - February 12 through 21

Posted by Ana M on Friday, February 5, 2010,
There is a new energy efficiency program from NYSREDA, where you can swap your old appliances and receive a cash rebate by purchasing a new ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator, freezer or washer.  The purchase must replace an existing appliance. Plus recycling your old, existing appliances of the same type, makes you eligible for the maximum rebate.


for more information, or visit the program website:

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