Market Forces Mainstream Sustainability – Economic Intelligence (usnews.com)

The face of sustainability is changing, according to a new report by Boston Consulting Group and MIT Sloan Management Review. In a worldwide survey of more than 1,000 executives and managers, BCG and Sloan took the pulse of sustainability efforts. … Continue reading

Thanks to Tomatoes, Purifying Water May Have Just Gotten Easier | Care2 Causes

What if there was a way to purify contaminated water in developing countries with a cost-effective method that’s both resourceful and effective? What if there was a way to provide clean drinking water to every thirsty mouth on the planet? … Continue reading

The End of Environment-Destroying Fertilizers Could Be Near | Care2 Causes

Research breakthroughs have been pretty great for Mother Earth lately: We’re on the cusp of treating polluted water with little more than apple and tomato peels, and now Professor Edward Cocking from the University of Nottingham has created a new … Continue reading

Debunking the Renewables “Disinformation Campaign”

According to Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, renewables are successful in Germany and not in the U.S. because Germany has “got a lot more sun than we do.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded during her … Continue reading

A New Proposal From Arizona’s Ratepayer Advocate Seeks to Fix Net Metering : Greentech Media

A new proposal from Arizona’s ratepayer advocate seeks to resolve the hostility between utilities and solar advocates over net energy metering. Regulators “will look to us because their main function is to make sure residential ratepayers get fair treatment, and … Continue reading

How Retrofits Can Reduce the Cost of Healthcare

With all of the media attention paid of late to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), it’d be easy to miss a related, if seemingly mundane, development: the recent release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced … Continue reading

H-E-B’s Street Closure Request: Is The Plan not a Plan? | The Rivard Report

I’ve sat through a number of City of San Antonio master planning meetings and workshops, including some of the many, well-attended brainstorming events for the Mayor’s SA2020 initiative. These sessions are long, often tedious “labors of love” for me and … Continue reading

Enlightened economic interest – the argument for energy efficiency and renewables. Focus on outcomes not motives. Energy wisdom over Climate problems. Bidirectional value tariff

What's in store for the future of energy? VERGE SF 2013 concluded with this 27 minute freewheeling discussion among sustainability heavyweights. The New York Times reporter Andy Revkin caught up with Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute and … Continue reading

This Tiny Pod Car Runs On Air | GizmoCrazed

Top speed 50 mph, Range 125 miles, runs on compressed-air at a cost of 1 cent per mile and costs $10,000. In September 2013 it was announced that the car would be manufactured in Sardinia, Italy, for sale in summer … Continue reading

San Antonio: Ground Zero for Renewable Energy in an ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy Market – Yahoo Finance

In Texas' 21st century energy economy, San Antonio has it all. It enjoys abundant renewable resources, enabling CPS Energy to include solar-generated electricity in its generating portfolio. San Antonio also is the largest city in South Texas, home of the … Continue reading

MIT Now Knows How to Get Clean Water out of a Gas Well | The Daily Fusion

The transition from coal to natural gas is expected to significantly decrease carbon emissions. However, gas production poses its own environmental concerns. One of those is the problem of so-called “produced water”—large volumes of underground water with a lot of … Continue reading

Putting America Back to Work with Clean Energy | Center for American Progress

We know from experience that the twin objectives of jobs growth and a clean energy future go hand in hand. Research from CAP and the University of Massachusetts shows how investments in clean energy could revitalize our economy and create … Continue reading

Renewable Energy and Economic Growth Go Hand in Hand for Massachusetts | EcoWatch

As the American economy begins to recover, some might argue that renewable energy has played a role. In Massachusetts, the clean energy industry has caused significant growth. Jobs in the state’s clean energy sector have increased by 24 percent since … Continue reading

Sargent « Great Things from Small Things .. Nanotechnology Innovation

A new technique developed by University of Toronto Engineering Professor Ted Sargent and his research group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells. In a paper published in the journal Nano Letters, the group describes a new technique to … Continue reading

Isothermal Compressed Air Energy Storage – SustainX

SustainX's isothermal compressed air energy storage (ICAES™) technology enables a site-anywhere, zero-emissions storage solution. Through superior thermodynamics, SustainX technology frees compressed air storage from the risks of caverns and the emissions of natural gas. Isothermal compression allows air to reach … Continue reading

New ‘High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal’ System Will Collect 80% of Solar Energy | The Daily Fusion

Scientists have announced yesterday that a collaboration consisting of ETH Zurich, IBM Research, the Interstate University of Applied Sciences Buchs and Airlight Energy is to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80 … Continue reading

When Will We Hit Peak Garbage? | Surprising Science

In 2013, if you’re someone who cares about the environment, your first and foremost concern is probably climate change. After that, you might worry about things like radioactive contamination, collapsing honeybee colonies and endangered ecosystems, among other contemporary environmental perils … Continue reading

New Financing Structures For Clean Energy Can Help Bring Down Solar Soft Costs

Hardware costs for solar have substantially dropped over the past years. Solar module prices have decreased by 70% from 2010 to 2012. The attention is now directed towards soft costs and financing. An NREL study published in September 2013 analyzed … Continue reading