San Antonio to Combat ‘Climate Emergency’ with New Action Plan

One of America’s highest Latino-populated cities now has a strategy to address the climate crisis. Earlier this month, the San Antonio (64% Latino) City Council passed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) by a 10-1 vote. It outlines objectives that … Continue reading

Moss-growing concrete absorbs CO2, insulates and is also a vertical garden

Sustainability has always been a game of catch up. The current energy production and construction trends mean that sustainability researchers have to come up with clever ways to lower emissions. Researchers at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona have … Continue reading

Fee-dividend climate plan right balance

How to solve the political paradox of climate change? While most Americans accept that man-made climate change is real, they are divided about what to do in response to it and how urgently to take action. Recent polling from the … Continue reading

Where Batteries are Replacing Power Plants

A curious thing recently happened in Southern California. One of the largest utilities in the country scrapped a proposal to build a new peaker plant, opting instead to build a battery system that could store excess electricity from solar and … Continue reading

The Plan to Grab the World’s Carbon With Supercharged Plants

In humanity’s battle against man-made climate change, the Earth itself provides one of the most important weapons, a natural system that breathes in Earth-warming CO2 and exhales oxygen. Yes, I’m talking about plants, engineered by nature itself over the course … Continue reading

What Laws Work Best to Cut Plastic Pollution?

Experts have recommended how the United States can drastically curb the use of throwaway plastics with new federal legislation. Read more about how do you solve a problem this big? What Works There are currently no federal laws restricting single-use … Continue reading

Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?

What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it? For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China … Continue reading

An Open Letter To Be the Change and Lead the Change

Whale blubber and buggy whips were once fine industries, but progress moved us away. And today we know the days are over of a false choice between environmental protection and economic growth. Since when did the simple concept of leaving … Continue reading

The Nubian Vault: An ecological housing solution

A housing solution for big cities as well as rural areas, Nubian vaults have become popular in the region of Boromo and have spread across five other regions. And a large market for Nubian vaults has emerged in big cities … Continue reading

Progress and Sustainability Are Intertwined

History shows whale blubber and buggy whips were once fine industries, but progress moved us away. And through progress today we know the days are well over of a false choice between environmental protection and economic growth. Similarly, it’s time … Continue reading

What Minimum-Wage Foes Got Wrong About Seattle – Bloomberg

A living wage is part of a sustainable economy. The dire warnings about minimum-wage increases keep proving to be wrong. So much so that in a new paper, the authors behind an earlier study predicting a negative impact have all … Continue reading

For San Antonio’s Water and Energy Utilities, Collaboration Leads to Conservation

Great article at The Rivard Report on the excellent steps toward building smarter more efficient electric and water grids! Is it time to look at how SAWS and CPS can partner to install water pipes that generate electricity? Portland did … Continue reading

Pocacito (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow) in San Antonio

From Deleration.news: "Because much of the official discussion and implementation of the circular economy has taken place from the top down, on the level of governments and industries, we were most interested to hear about local, bottom-up, and community-driven efforts … Continue reading

Companies with cleaner, smarter energy use outperform their peers

Companies committed to 100% renewable electricity are more profitable than their peers – a new report by the RE100 draws on financial data from 3,500 businesses underlining the business case for putting sustainability at the heart of corporate growth strategies. … Continue reading

San Antonio ranks 6th in U.S. solar

The Alamo City — which was in eighth place last year — now has 161 megawatts of direct current solar power installed, according to the latest Shining Cities report from Environment America. The numbers are through the end of 2017. … Continue reading

Meet the Satellites That Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks – Scientific American

We have many ways of measuring methane and CO2 levels. When we measure it we can manage it…if we really want to know and manage it. Polluters can’t hide anymore. Source: Meet the Satellites That Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon … Continue reading

San Antonio’s CPS Energy faces criticism on clean energy strategy – San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio’s public utility, CPS Energy, faced blowback from city leaders and environmental groups Thursday on its newly released strategic power plan that takes decades to fully transition to renewable sources of energy. “A lot of folks felt blindsided by … Continue reading

Kids around the world are suing their governments for ruining the planet

Do we have a fundamental right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life? What’s the point of inheriting the Earth if it’s only going to burn (or drown)? Kids around the world are asking governments this question and … Continue reading

Designer Talks About Eco Positive Environmental Impact

Elegant design and engineering goes beyond being sustainable to being eco positive. New vocabulary, additional data collection and working with scientists is needed to most effectively stimulate and manage a circular economy, making the means by which we live to … Continue reading