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Tesla building world's largest rooftop solar farm on $5B NV gigafactory

January 13, 2017 by Construction Dive

Tesla plans to install a 70-megawatt solar farm — the largest rooftop solar array in the world — on top of its $5 billion battery gigafactory in northern Nevada[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

7 Big Business Improvements That Could Make Our Cities Greener

December 28, 2016 by Anna Johansson

Urban areas are the most densely populated pockets of society, which typically means access to more stores and resources, a more diverse group of people, and a more enriched life. But it also means more pollution in all its forms and a massive demand on the power grid.If we’re going to make environmental progress in our lifetimes,...[read more]

Time is Running Out and the Carbon Clock is Ticking Away

December 22, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

As our beautiful blue planet continues spinning deep in space, we humans down here on the ground are grappling with whether or not climate change is within our control. Meanwhile, the carbon clock is rapidly ticking away...[read more]

Wal-Mart commits to using 50% renewable energy by 2025

December 21, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Rob Walton, former Chairman of the Board of Wal-Mart from 1992-2015, recently issued a commentary on CNBC regarding the retailer's commitment to sustainability, and its plan to enlist its supply chain in meeting those goals.[read more]

How Solar Power Can Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

December 21, 2016 by Brooke Nally

From recycling to hybrid cars, it has gotten cheaper and easier to curb the damage our long-term reliance on fossil fuels has done to the environment. For those of us who live in densely populated areas, we’re reminded of the impact nearly every time we look up at the sky. Layers of smog and trapped, dirty air are becoming more common in cities across the nation.[read more]

Fresh Ideas for Infrastructure

December 16, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Self-driving Uber in Pittsburgh / The Washington PostWith President-elect Trump coming into office vowing to raise $1 trillion for infrastructure, many cities and states see a potential bonanza for high-speed rail development, bridge and highway repair, and, hopefully, urban transportation networks. As former Pennsylvania governor Ed...[read more]

Passive affordable housing project Beach Green Dunes opens in Queens, NY

December 14, 2016 by Construction Dive

An affordable housing lottery has opened for 100 units in a seven-story, 94,000-square-foot multifamily building that meets Passive House standards, located in Rockaway, Queens, NY.[read more]

A Culture of Energy Efficiency Begins at School

December 14, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

An innovative program called the Better Buildings Challenge is creating a culture of energy efficiency while helping schools save more than a little money. The program provides a living laboratory for educating youth about energy use, data, and technology while also putting money back into shrinking budgets.Crystal...[read more]

Report: Cold chain investments have 2-year debt payoff and sustainability benefits

December 7, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

A recent study by Carrier revealed that cold chain investments on the supply chain of kinnow, a mandarin orange grown in India, reduced carbon emissions by 16% and spoilage by 76%[read more]

10 Things You Can Do Today to Make Your House a Little "Greener"

December 7, 2016 by Brooke Nally

If you’re interested in upping your eco-friendliness, here are 10 simple things you can do right now to make your home more sustainable.[read more]

Greenpeace: 'Recycling is not a solution' for rise in textile waste

December 5, 2016 by Waste Dive

A new report from Greenpeace Germany says "recycling is not a solution" for most textile waste because it's not economically feasible to process clothes into new fibers due to "technological challenges,"[read more]