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

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

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

Through 2030 District, Downtown Businesses Work to Cut Energy Usage

Members of a local energy-efficiency initiative collectively reduced their carbon impact by more than 10,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, according to an annual report from San Antonio 2030 District, which is leading the effort. The initiative, led … Continue reading

Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy

The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has managed to withstand the increasing … Continue reading

The Cult of Perma – Food and Farm Discussion Lab

Editor’s Note: I stumbled across this piece by Graham some time in 2013, not long after it was published, and it set off more than one lightbulb moment for me. Up to that time I’d considered permaculture an intriguing subculture. … Continue reading

eLab Accelerator Projects Sustain Hope for Clean Energy Innovation

Starting yesterday, the 2017 eLab Accelerator teams has convened at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah to accelerate their initiatives with the support of nationally renowned expert faculty and eLab’s specially trained facilitators. At Accelerator and beyond, projects from across … Continue reading

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 | Stanford News Release

One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world's entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy.This is a daunting challenge. But now, in a new … Continue reading

The business case for improving human lives: David Kiu | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Helping deliver on sustainable social development outcomes that drive human progress should be the topmost priority for businesses, says David Kiu, vice president of sustainable business and communications, Unilever. In the pursuit of profit, companies often lose sight of environmental or … Continue reading

The Business Case for Deep-energy Retrofits – retrofit

Commercial building deep-energy retrofits provide substantially greater energy savings—often reducing a building’s energy consumption by up to 50 percent—than traditional retrofits. Yet they offer more than just a low utility bill. When planned and executed properly, a deep retrofit can … Continue reading

Bringing Shared Solar to Scale

What happens when you really want solar but the obstacles seem too great? You may not have a suitable space. Or there may be a tree blocking your roof. Or you live in a condominium where you don’t have your … Continue reading

Shell climate advisor David Hone talks with CCL about carbon pricing – Citizens’ Climate Lobby

For a while now, we’ve been hearing that big oil companies have assigned an internal price on carbon in anticipation of societal response to global warming. Some companies, like Shell, have come out publicly for carbon pricing, which might seem … Continue reading

A Much Cheaper Grid Battery Comes to Market | MIT Technology Review

A new kind of battery that stores energy from solar and wind power cheaply and cleanly has hit the market. It is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to … Continue reading

The Devil Is In the Details (And So Is the Solution)

Assessing the benefits and costs of distributed solar PV Earlier this month, the decision of APS—Arizona’s largest electric utility—to propose two major changes to its net metering program, one which would do away with the program entirely, has become the … Continue reading

Show Me the [Efficiency] Money — Solutions Journal Summer 2014 — Medium

Five real estate executives weigh in on what it will take to unlock $1.4 trillion in net energy savings through commercial building efficiency. RMI’s Reinventing Fire analysis shows how to tap into $1.9 trillion in saved energy costs in U.S. … Continue reading

Creating Investor-Ready Efficiency: The Industry Can’t Just Be a ‘Bunch of Cowboys’ : Greentech Media

Will efficiency projects get sliced and diced like mortgages, car loans and rental units? Only if the industry gets serious about standards. For proof of how securitization can grow a market really quickly, consider the single-family home rental market. After … Continue reading

Unlocking Solar Energy’s Value as an Asset Class

2014 is predicted to be a breakout year for solar financing, as the industry eagerly pursues finance innovations. Many of these methods aren't really new to other industries, but they are potentially game-changing when applied in the solar industry. Not … Continue reading

Intelligent Efficiency: Innovations Reshaping the Energy Efficiency Market : Greentech Media

A free special report Greentech Media is pleased to present a special report on “intelligent efficiency,” a new paradigm emerging in the market based on information awareness and data analytics. We present the first chapter of our report below. For … Continue reading

We Need to Accelerate the Development of Sustainability Metrics | Steven Cohen

If we are to make the transition to a renewable resource based economy, we need to do a better job of measuring the sustainability of our organizations, cities and nations. In an excellent article published in 2002 entitled "Using Sustainability … Continue reading

Energy Payback for Solar PV Cells | The Solar Times – Solar San Antonio

Rozina Kanchwala / 04/02/2014 Many people know that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels emit no pollution while generating electricity and do not use fossil-fuel resources. However, there are some questions about how much energy is required to produce the panels so … Continue reading