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Greens, FirstEnergy nail down settlement on efficiency program

January 12, 2017 by Utility Dive

Environmental groups in Ohio have agreed to a settlement that will move ahead FirstEnergy's new slate of efficiency programs after the utility made several revisions including striking a provision allowing it to profit from work done by other parties.[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]

NRG completes Texas carbon capture plant retrofit

January 11, 2017 by Utility Dive

Dive Brief:NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration have completed development of Petra Nova, a retrofit of an existing coal power plant that is now the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, the Houston Business Journal reports. The Petra Nova project pipes captured carbon dioxide to an enhanced...[read more]

How Data Can Change The Way Our Cities Operate

January 11, 2017 by Daniel Malak

 We’ve all experienced the frustration of being stuck in traffic, even going out of the way to avoid peak transit times and impacted areas. Instead of walking or driving longer distances, we ask a bigger question– can cities do anything to change their traffic problems?The simple answer is yes, and here’s how:Identify what kind of...[read more]

Milwaukee rolls out pilot organics collection program

January 10, 2017 by Waste Dive

Milwaukee has become the latest city to explore curbside organic waste collection with a pilot program for about 500 households[read more]

Use Video to Tell the Story of Landscape Architecture

January 10, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Landscape architecture is well behind the curve of using video to distinguish itself in the digital age, a trend I don’t see changing anytime soon. However, the opportunity is there for the taking. And if you don’t watch out, other design professions will seize the moment before landscape architects do. We’ve already had Architecture...[read more]

Key Concepts for Tree-Friendly Design

January 9, 2017 by Leda Marritz

As a consulting arborist, I am often called upon to diagnose and help “sick” trees in a landscape. The primary cause of health problems for many of the trees I look at are related to impacts from a landscape renovation or home remodel. Despite best intentions, many bad things can happen to trees during development or landscaping.Here are...[read more]

House Republicans target energy production rules in opening days

January 6, 2017 by Utility Dive

House Republicans plan to target Obama administration rules on methane emissions from oil and gas facilities and stream pollution from coal mining in some of their first acts of this Congress.[read more]

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6 Ways Green Plastics Will Benefit the Environment

January 6, 2017 by Ross Kelly

An insight on the benefits that bio plastics will bring to the environment.[read more]

Report: Green building advocates worried about movement's future under Trump administration

January 3, 2017 by Construction Dive

Some architects have expressed concern about how President-elect Donald Trump will affect the future of the green building movement.[read more]

10 Awesome Things that Happened in 2016

January 2, 2017 by Jillian Glover
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As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on the highlights, surprises, challenges and tragedies of the year that was. If we are to believe popular opinion, 2016 was a terrible year.[read more]

The Fuel Duel: How Utilizing Alternative Resources Saves Our Planet

December 29, 2016 by Hannah Whittenly

Using alternative energy is important, especially since our resources are so limited. However, there are some limitless types of energy that we ought to be using. Here, you will learn about how we can use the natural elements to run our world.[read more]

US housing affordability reaches 8-year low

December 29, 2016 by Construction Dive

Housing affordability in the U.S. hit its lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2008 as wage growth fails to keep pace with rising home prices, according to the fourth quarter 2016 Home Affordability Index from RealtyTrac.[read more]

US housing affordability reaches 8-year low

December 29, 2016 by Construction Dive

Housing affordability in the U.S. hit its lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2008 as wage growth fails to keep pace with rising home prices, according to the fourth quarter 2016 Home Affordability Index from RealtyTrac.[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]

New Ways to Speak with Trees for Earth Lovers

December 27, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

  What do you think about when you see beautiful trees dripping with lush green loveliness? On your walks in the park or forest do you feel like running up to that big old tree and wrapping your arms around it? Have you tried? Did you look around to make sure nobody was watching? I’m willing to bet there’s plenty others...[read more]

Colorado partners with Utah, Nevada to develop electric vehicle charge network

December 23, 2016 by Utility Dive

Governors from Colorado, Utah, and Nevada this week unveiled plans to link their states via an electric vehicle charging network that will span 2,000 miles across eight highways[read more]

Let’s get serious about plastics

December 23, 2016 by Charles Arthur

Plastics have boosted our economy but we have also created a massive problem of garbage soiling beaches with masses of it floating in the ocean.Plastics have boosted our economy because they are versatile, cheap and durable. Yet, thanks to these same traits, in the course of establishing a US$750bn global industry, we have also created a...[read more]

Study: People in green buildings think better, sleep better

December 22, 2016 by Construction Dive

Ongoing research on indoor environmental quality by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has established a link between improved cognition and sleep patterns for occupants of green buildings. The researchers link the gains to better lighting, thermal control, and ventilation.[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]

Proposed Massachusetts air regulations target 80% decarbonization by 2050

December 20, 2016 by Utility Dive

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R)'s Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft of new clean air regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions, seven months after the state's Supreme Court ruled it was not doing enough to cut them.[read more]

UK recycling rate drops slightly for first time since 2010

December 19, 2016 by Waste Dive

A new report from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says the U.K.'s diversion rate for "waste from households" dropped to 44.3% in 2015, down from 44.9% the year before.[read more]

Sustainable Practices for City Landlords

December 19, 2016 by Anna Johansson

When it comes to green industries, property management isn’t one of the first things that comes to mind. Landlords and tenants don’t always do an effective job of practicing sustainable behavior, but there is hope. With the right strategies in place, landlords can reduce their carbon footprint and still remain profitable. It’s certainly...[read more]

First multifamily project opens under MA's Workforce Housing Initiative

December 16, 2016 by Construction Dive

Work has started on the 71-unit Gateway North project in Lynn, MA, north of Boston, which is the first development to be funded under MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative[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]

ConEd Brooklyn-Queens non-wire alternative project installs first microgrid

December 15, 2016 by Utility Dive

ConEd's Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program is installing its first microgrid aimed at deferring investment in the bulk power grid: a combined battery, fuel cell and solar PV facility at Brooklyn's Marcus Garvey apartments.[read more]

Trees: A Shared Good with Unequal Access

December 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

All across the globe, it has been getting ever hotter with each passing year. With this heat comes a series health risks, including severe heat exhaustion and poor air quality, which disproportionately impact children, those who are ill, and the elderly. Heat-related impacts also disproportionately impact poor and minority communities,...[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]