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Green Business Trends and What to Expect

May 5, 2016 by Peter Kim

Consumers care more than ever before about the environmental impact of the products they buy, and companies are incorporating green business trends in order to capitalize on this growing demand. As of 2014, “55% of consumers across 60 countries [were] willing to pay higher prices for goods from environmentally conscious companies... 71%...[read more]

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How Manufacturers Are Developing and Using Renewable Energy

April 21, 2016 by Peter Kim

Across the globe, manufacturers are increasingly developing new ways of using renewable energy to strengthen clean energy competitiveness in various industries.Process heating systems are critical to the global manufacturing industry’s ability to turn raw materials (such as oil, iron ore, trees, crops, etc.) into products (including...[read more]

Rooftop Solar could generate half of Miami-Dade County's Electricity

March 21, 2016 by Gray Read

Solar panels on the roof power both house and electric carThe solar train is leaving the station (with or without FPL).Here are some back-of-the-envelope calculations.The total area of roofs in Miami Dade County is:  116 million square meters. Or 1.244 billion square feet.  Or 44.6 square miles. Thanks to Jeffrey Onsted, an FIU...[read more]

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Exploring the Popularity and Positive Aspects of RVing

February 18, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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RVing is a great American pastime that’s as popular as ever – especially since gas prices dropped. Traveling by RV instantly takes you back to the heyday of American road trips when the highway system was new and people were experiencing a new sense of freedom.[read more]

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Roofless Solar Gives Urban Sustainability a Big Boost

February 17, 2016 by Derek Markham
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When it comes to making changes, people always say there's no better time than the present, right? And yet when it comes to making changes in our energy sources, it seems like many of us are still waiting for some big shift to happen. Part of the reason for this may be because we aren't used to having a choice in our electricity sources, so investing in a home solar array or buying into a community solar program seems odd or like something only “other” people do. Or, perhaps our idea of what solar really costs is a few decades behind, and we haven't noticed that solar is already comparable with traditional energy costs in many U.S. cities already.[read more]

Project Aims to Uncover Hundreds of Buried Rivers in São Paulo, Brazil

December 10, 2015 by The Global Grid

The map that illustrates the blue city shows an expansive mesh of rivers that run under the city; something that is impossible to “un-see.” Once you are aware that water is always present, well below your feet and with a maximum depth of 300 meters, it is not possible to look at the artificial environment we have created, aboveground, in the same way.[read more]

Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action

November 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Goals help provide our everyday lives with structure, and operate similarly at the institutional level, offering organizations a low cost method of encouraging motivation, communication and accountability. In short, goals help organizations to achieve a variety of ends—including the reduction of energy waste.[read more]

Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities

November 11, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

According to the World Bank’s data, approximately 73 percent of Turkey’s population now lives in cities; and in 2030, this percentage is expected to exceed up to 80 percent. As the nation’s people migrate to cities, they continue to fill roads, jobs, houses, parks, and bring their personal vehicles. A lot of this growth is good, contributing to industry, new construction, improved transportation, and increased demand for food and energy which stimulate the economy.[read more]

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The Race to Deliver All-Electric SUVs Comparable to Tesla's Model S

October 21, 2015 by Ryan Kh

Since its introduction, the Model S has remained in a class of its own. Its design is so advanced, no other automaker has been able to replicate it. For years, it has stood on its own as a shining example of what an electric model should be, and yet there’s not been a single electric offering comparable to it.[read more]

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Wild Gift Climate Change Collective Fellowship: Using Wilderness as an Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2015 by Carrie Douglas

Are you 21-35? Do you have a WILD idea to change the world? Need some help translating your vision to reality? Wild Gift supports Better World Entrepreneurs through a 16-month Fellowship Program. Using wilderness immersion experiences as a springboard combined with mentoring, seed funding and a collaborative network of support, our unique Fellowship fosters grit, integrity and know-how critical to the long-term success of their groundbreaking ventures.[read more]

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Let's Use Solar Energy to Power Air-Conditioning, Save Billions and Cut Emissions

September 29, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Let solar power cool you off – no sweat!

According to the NREL, "air conditioning currently consumes about 15% of the electricity generated in the United States. It is also a major contributor to peak electrical demand on hot summer days, which can lead to escalating power costs, brownouts, and rolling blackouts".[read more]

Energy Use in Buildings: What’s Culture Got to Do with It?

September 29, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

When the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan caused a series of energy shortages throughout the country, the national government recommended that office buildings cut back on air conditioning during the summer months in order to reduce power usage. Through a campaign called “Super Cool Biz,” the government encouraged office workers to adjust to this change by wearing cooler outfits, like short sleeve shirts.[read more]