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Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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Climate Corps is a testing ground for future problem-solvers 29.3.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
With 4.4 million fellows and growing, the EDF program is an invaluable resource for sustainability leaders in the making.
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Seven Things That Need to Happen to Keep Global Temperature Rise Below 2C 22.3.2017 Truthout.com
In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to "well below 2C". Ever since the signing of the  Paris Agreement  on climate change,  scientists ,  think tanks  and  policymakers  have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms. A new  report  released this week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the latest attempt to address this question. Commissioned by the German government in its role this year as G20 president, the report sets out the "essential elements" needed to create an energy sector transition consistent with the Paris Agreement. The  G20  is a group of 20 major economies, including China, India, Germany, the UK and US, which  accounts  for 63% of global population and 83% of emissions. The IEA and IRENA each took a separate approach to modelling the most cost effective decarbonisation pathway, with the IEA using a so-called ...
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The Trump budget's bizarre move to cut the weatherization of homes 21.3.2017 Washington Post
The Trump budget's bizarre move to cut the weatherization of homes
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2 reports, 1 conclusion: Start the energy shift 20.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Berlin • The world must swiftly shift energy production away from fossil fuels if it is to prevent a dangerous increase in global temperatures, according to separate reports released Monday by two international agencies. Both reports concluded that fundamentally changing the way power is produced would require considerable investment — though there were would also be savings due to improvements in energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency we...
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2 reports, 1 conclusion: energy shift must start soon 20.3.2017 AP Business
BERLIN (AP) -- The world must swiftly shift energy production away from fossil fuels if it is to prevent a dangerous increase in global temperatures, according to separate reports released Monday by two international agencies....
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UK's 'Victorian era' CO2 emissions achieved without driving up energy costs 17.3.2017 TreeHugger
In the last few decades, emissions have plummeted in the UK. Luckily, energy bills have remained stable too.
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8 ways cities are upping the ante on building efficiency 15.3.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Leading by example and linking up with utilities are among the strategies cities are deploying.
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Copenhagen, Striving To Be Carbon-Neutral: Part 1, The Economic Payoffs 14.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
“Making environmental sense, makes economic sense.” — Morton Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs Copenhagen’s rapid energy transition creates new jobs, new economic activity, and new businesses. Copenhagen, Denmark— By focusing on reducing carbon emissions and becoming more sustainable, can cities enhance their citizens’ health, well-being, and comfort, while improving their economies? One need not knock on too many doors in Copenhagen’s Town Hall to find city officials who find this proposition self-evident. They point toward a mounting body of evidence indicating that the same policies that protect the climate also improve the capital city’s economy and global competitiveness. Unpretentious in blue jeans and close-cropped blond beard, Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs, clearly enjoys explaining the rapid progress Copenhagen is making toward becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Global Recognition Copenhagen has ...
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Energy Star Is Cheap, Popular And Saves Billions Of Dollars. Trump Wants To Gut It. 11.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the past 25 years, the federal government’s Energy Star program has become a valuable marker for all kinds of industries. Real estate agents upsell buildings that have been Energy Star-certified as energy efficient. Homeowners seek out its blue logo on electricity-guzzling appliances and devices. But the White House has proposed eliminating funding for Energy Star and instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to “begin developing legislative options and associated groundwork for transferring ownership and implementation of Energy Star to a non-governmental entity,” according to a draft budget the energy news service E&E News obtained this week. The cuts come as part of President Donald Trump  administration’s effort to channel federal spending away from a variety of other programs and toward a $54 billion military buildup. But Energy Star helps save even more than the $57 million that the federal government spends on it each year, according to more than a dozen business executives, building ...
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West Coast regulators renew pledge to reduce carbon pollution 8.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

The first such agreement was signed back in 2006. The new document calls for Washington, Oregon and California to share information on energy conservation, develop renewable power and modernize the grid.
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Energy efficiency isn’t enough anymore. 7.3.2017 TreeHugger
Health, embodied energy and walkability all matter too.
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Why ExxonMobil's new CEO, like the old one, backs a carbon tax 27.2.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Darren Woods, who took the helm in early 2017, doubles down on oil giant's commitment to drive down emissions.
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Meet the data center clean energy giants 16.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Switch SuperNAP and Digital Realty prioritize renewables, as the industry looks beyond efficiency.
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Stress Test: How banks are looking at climate risk 10.2.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
More banks are increasingly seeing climate change as a financial risk, but, according to a recent report, few are disclosing these risks.
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Art Rosenfeld, ‘godfather’ of energy efficiency, dies at 90 9.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Physicist Arthur Rosenfeld, who spearheaded breakthroughs in energy efficiency for lighting, refrigerators, televisions and other electronics while working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has died. He was 90. Rosenfeld died Jan. 27 at his home in Berkeley, said Lawrence Berkeley National Lab spokeswoman Julie Chao. Rosenfeld was known to his […]
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Texas Leaders Can Use Clean Energy to Increase Investments and Create Jobs. Here’s How. 8.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Hall It’s that time again. Texas leaders are meeting in Austin for the 85th Legislative Session and the next five months will be an interesting wrestling match over human rights, voting rights, bathroom rights, and local rights. But what about our economic rights? A new report Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) issued to the Texas Legislature, Texas’ Clean Energy Economy: Prioritizing Jobs, Investments, and Growth, shows the Lone Star State’s evolving electricity landscape has created enormous economic growth and jobs. The report explores the policies put in place years ago that has allowed Texas’ power market to become cleaner and more affordable, and it outlines the state’s impressive job growth in energy efficiency, wind, and solar power. The report urges our leaders to develop and implement a bold, comprehensive Texas energy plan to create well-paid jobs, drive innovation and investment, make us more energy independent, and protect our water supplies, while improving the health of Texans and ...
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Arthur Rosenfeld, 'godfather' of energy efficiency who helped consumers save billions on electric bills, dies at 90 8.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California’s role as a world leader in energy efficiency can be traced in good part to a laboratory in Berkeley where a physicist named Arthur Rosenfeld spent much of his career searching for new ways to conserve power and then campaigning for their use.

His efforts were so far-reaching that —...

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This Year’s Super Bowl is Energy-Efficient. Shouldn’t Texas Be? 4.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Hall This weekend, thousands of people will descend upon Houston to watch the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons duke it out at the Super Bowl. But the game won’t be the only thing on display. In 2014, Houston’s NRG Stadium became one of the first major sports venues to use LED energy-efficient lights. The system uses 60 percent less power than the previous lighting array, translating to significant energy savings. What if Texas took a page from NRG’s book to lead the country in saving energy? Texas recently kicked off its 85th Legislative Session. Now is the time for state leaders to seize on energy efficiency as a win-win-win path, creating local jobs while helping Texans save money and water, and reducing electricity waste and pollution. New market, new jobs A new U.S. Department of Energy report shows nearly 150,000 Texans already work in energy-efficiency related jobs. That’s no small figure, yet California has over twice as many people working in the sector. Since Texas has a ...
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The long view: A conversation with RMI's CEO Jules Kortenhorst 2.2.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
General Motors, Salesforce and many others prove corporate demand for renewable energy is charging forward, never mind the moves from Washington.
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Physicist at forefront of energy-efficiency movement dies at 90 1.2.2017 Washington Post
Arthur Rosenfeld set aside his decades-long study of subatomic particles to help design energy-efficiency standards and technologies, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and saving everyday Americans billions of dollars each year.
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