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Net Zero Energy isn't perfect, but it's still a pretty good idea 18.5.2016 TreeHugger
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Reinventing Green Building 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new book is less reinvention than it is revisionism. "The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in Reinventing Green Building , to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers. His premise is that certification programs such as the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system are too costly and cumbersome: "By 2015, LEED had certified less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the US during its first 15 years. Annual project registrations and certifications for LEED in the US are now fewer in number in 2015 than in 2010. It's time for a green building program that works for 'the other 99 percent'...." Yudelson calls for green building advocates to "abandon the approach they have taken for the past 25 years." Instead, he argues, "The entire green building assessment process could easily be turned over to algorithms, eliminating a need for third-party auditors or assessors, as well as expensive consultants, ...
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RELEASE: Analysis Shows Wisconsin Has Clear Economic Incentives For Further Investment In Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 11.5.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Analysis Shows Wisconsin Has Clear Economic Incentives For Further Investment In Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research Shows Badger State Can Comply with Clean Power Plan Requirements By Expanding Targets WASHINGTON (MAY 11, 2016)– New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Wisconsin is in a strong position to meet or exceed its emissions target under EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions from the power sector. WRI finds that Wisconsin can build on existing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Saving Energy and Money: Texas is on a Path to Greater Efficiency 11.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Robert King , Southcentral Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, Peter Sopher and John Hall , Environmental Defense Fund Three of the top five fastest growing cities in the country are here in Texas , and explosive population growth puts a lot of pressure on our electric grid to keep up with demand. Fortunately, the state’s main grid operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has done a great job of keeping the lights on, and new building codes are ensuring less energy use in the thousands of new houses that are being constructed. As more and more people flock to the Lone Star State, there is significant potential for energy efficiency to reduce pollution and energy bills for Texas families. But in a report released last October, ERCOT overestimated the cost of energy efficiency in Texas – by more than two times – and understated by about seven times the amount we are on track to achieve. ERCOT’s estimates do not acknowledge Texas’ reality: Energy efficiency, and ...
RELEASE: Policy Blueprint for Building Efficiency Shows Urban Leaders How to Boost Economy and Cut Emissions 11.5.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Policy Blueprint for Building Efficiency Shows Urban Leaders How to Boost Economy and Cut Emissions Eight recommended actions can improve energy efficiency in buildings to unlock a “triple win” and address economic, environmental and social challenges in world’s urban areas Key points: Nearly 70 percent of the world’s population, or 6.3 billion people, will live in cities by 2050, increasing energy demand and associated air pollution Increasing efficiency in buildings is one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Accelerating Building Efficiency 11.5.2016 WRI Stories
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EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches Energy Efficiency Label for Building Upgrades 10.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project Launches Energy Efficiency Label for Building Upgrades
How Dozens of Businesses, Cities and Other Non-State Initiatives Will Help Countries Deliver Their Climate Goals 4.5.2016 WRI Stories
How Dozens of Businesses, Cities and Other Non-State Initiatives Will Help Countries Deliver Their Climate GoalsAdd Comment|PrintWind turbines in California. Photo by Stuart Borrett/Flickr Attention to climate action has been high, especially two weeks ago when representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, making it the most-signed international treaty in a single day. This week brings together another group of actors taking steps to curb climate change—those outside the UN... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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How Does Your City Prioritize Energy Efficiency Actions? Participate Now in a New Survey! 3.5.2016 THE CITY FIX
Are you involved with decision making, operations or investments in the buildings and real estate sector? If the answer is yes, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities invites you to please share your insights in a survey designed to expand ...
Clean Energy Conference Roundup: May 2016 2.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs Each month, the Energy Exchange rounds up a list of top clean energy conferences around the country. Our list includes conferences at which experts from the EDF Clean Energy Program will be speaking, plus additional events that we think our readers may benefit from marking on their calendars. Top clean energy conferences featuring EDF experts in May: May 5:  Regional Plan Association Assembly (New York, NY) Speaker: Rory Christian , Director, New York Clean Energy Each year, RPA brings together more than 1,000 civic and business leaders from around the New York metropolitan area to discuss major issues affecting the prosperity and quality of life in the region. This year’s assembly includes preliminary recommendations of the  Fourth Regional Plan : a long-range vision for the shared prosperity of the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut metropolitan region. It will also outline actions the region should take to ensure sustainability, good governance, and shared prosperity over the next 25 ...
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Taking a bigger Leap when it comes to building green 2.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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RELEASE: Analysis Shows Illinois Can Comply with Clean Power Plan Requirements, But Must Reduce Existing Barriers by Passing the Clean Jobs Bill 28.4.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Analysis Shows Illinois Can Comply with Clean Power Plan Requirements, But Must Reduce Existing Barriers by Passing the Clean Jobs Bill WASHINGTON (April 28, 2016)–New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Illinois is in a strong position to meet or exceed its emissions target under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce emissions from the power sector. WRI finds that Illinois can get more than halfway towards complying with the CPP by meeting its existing energy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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How Illinois Can Meet Its Clean Power Plan Targets 27.4.2016 WRI Stories
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What's Holding Up the Efficient Appliance Market in India? 27.4.2016 WRI Stories
What's Holding Up the Efficient Appliance Market in India?Add Comment|PrintEnergy star rated appliances at white goods retail store Vijay Sales in Midway Mumbai, India. Photo by The Climate Group/Flickr From fans to air conditioners to refrigerators, appliances account for about 18 percent of global energy consumption and India’s rising urban population has a growing appetite for electrical appliances. Despite this economic opportunity, energy-saving, environment-saving, cost-saving... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
Filling the Gap: How Efficiency Standards could Save Billions in Commercial Real Estate 26.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ellen Bell No one ignores an opportunity to save billions of dollars. Numbers of that size are enough to make an audience take notice, even in a business like commercial real estate, where deals in the hundreds of millions and billions are commonplace. Each year the U.S. spends over $400 billion on energy for our buildings , many of which were constructed before modern energy codes existed and, as a result, use more energy than they should. This efficiency gap has led to the creation of a $20 billion retrofit industry , designed to help building owners and managers overcome barriers that deter them from tackling energy costs, like lack of information, misaligned financial incentives, or insufficient capital. In my hometown of Chicago alone, buildings could save up to $184 million in energy costs if they pursued more aggressive energy management – and those are just the ones reporting data. Given the numbers, we know the opportunity to improve a building’s bottom line is huge, so why are so many still ...
ICP Europe Launches Investor Network, Aims to Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency by €1 Billion 25.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
ICP Europe Launches Investor Network, Aims to Boost Investment in Energy Efficiency by €1 Billion
Holistic Energy-Water Planning: Hedging Your Bets in a Water-Stressed World 19.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kate Zerrenner You probably have some sort of insurance – for your healthcare, car, house, or apartment. Acting on climate change is also like insurance. It is all about managing the risks. We can’t know for certain what the future brings, but recent research predicts a 40 percent shortfall of available water across the globe by 2030. In the face of this prediction, a new report from the World Energy Council , “The Road to Resilience – Managing the Risks of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus” helps lay some groundwork to ensure we plan for the climate risks that will affect our most essential resources. I have talked about the reliance of energy on water and water on energy (the energy-water nexus ), and touched on their connection to food. But let me make that linkage clearer: 70 percent of available global freshwater is used by the agricultural sector, and energy is the second-largest freshwater user globally after agriculture (although this varies from country to country and region to region). Relatedly, ...
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project, PG&E Team Up on Efficiency Finance Pilot 11.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF’s Investor Confidence Project, PG&E Team Up on Efficiency Finance Pilot
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Countries Get Down to Business on Phasing Down HFCs 11.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Representatives from more than 150 countries took solid steps in Geneva last week towards a global deal to phase down the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Countries committed in Dubai last November to reach an HFC deal this year under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer. Meeting in the warm afterglow of the Paris Climate Agreement, the HFC negotiators worked out solutions to several key issues that divided them for nearly a decade. The week began auspiciously as negotiators quickly got down to brass tacks in the HFC "contact group," formed last year after years of deadlock. And negotiators peeled off in productive smaller groups to tackle key problems. The week's top successes include a tentative deal on ways to give the world's hottest countries confidence that they'll have suitable alternatives for air conditioning. Many developing countries had been planning to replace R-22 - an ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorcarbon (HCFC) that is being phased ...
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A Successful Cleanup at Aliso Canyon Requires a Principled Approach 8.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tim O'Connor The leak in Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Facility released a massive amount of methane – a powerful climate change pollutant. Like other catastrophes, now that the pollution release is stemmed, the focus shifts towards cleanup and mitigation (as well as establishing causation, preventing recurrence, and pursuing legal actions). Last week California took a major step on the cleanup front with the release of the final Aliso Canyon mitigation plan , a plan to cut pollution equal to about 100,000 metric tons of methane. Its aims to achieve these reductions by focusing on the agriculture and waste sectors, increasing energy efficiency and decreasing use of fossil fuels, and reducing methane “hot spots.” While the portfolio of strategies laid out within the finalized plan is strong, this is only the beginning of a lengthy process, and one in which pushback from SoCalGas is already palatable . As the critical details of the mitigation plan are put into action, adherence to core ...
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