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Energy Conservation

Obama's China Syndrome

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.

Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Gray Davis? Which Governor Spearheaded California's Climate Change Program?

William Bradley | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
William Bradley

The Governor of California, with global efforts on climate change seemingly stalled and the concurrence of nations dangerously lacking, is talking up the role of subnational governments and California's pioneering programs, signing international agreements with some and appearing with concerned international leaders.

Jerry Brown's Big Green Inaugural Week

William Bradley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown isn't much of a party animal, as his latest low-key inaugural festivities suggest, but he showed again that he does have a knack for making a set of impressions.

Pre-Holiday Jerry Brown Preps for Term 4

William Bradley | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown was resolute when I raised the latest disappointing round of UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru with him. "California will lead the way," he declared. "Have no doubt."

Jonathan Feldman

9 Gorgeous Houses That Prove Your Dream Home Is Also A Green Home | Jonathan Feldman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green

What is sustainability, and what would it look like in your own home? There are a lot of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, like going...

State Sen. Downing Pioneers a Fossil Fuel Divestment Strategy for MA Pension Fund

Stacy Clark | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Stacy Clark

You've read the headlines. Whether it's the exponential melt of glaciers, declining crop yields, loss of biodiversity, super-storms powered by warming oceans, or the increasing vulnerability of drinking water supplies to contamination, we are living well beyond our means.

17 Ridiculously Easy Things You Can Do To Help Save The Earth Every Day

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green

You may think that curbing your own carbon footprint and consumption won't do much to reduce the human pollution that is consuming our vast planet. Bu...

Green Service: Creating Opportunity and Protecting Our Planet

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Like many transitioning service members, Mike Bremer was having a tough time finding work after he came home. Then he joined AmeriCorps, serving on th...

Run-Away Rain: No Rescue for California's Crippling Drought

Peter Getty | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

Since most of the rain run-off ended up in the Pacific Ocean, there's little left to quench the thirsty empty reservoirs and therefore, unusable.

The Big Island Is Throwing Away Electricity

Richard Ha | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Here on the Big Island, we throw away at least seven MW of electricity per day. It's geothermal energy tapped at night, when people are sleeping and so the utility requires less electricity.

How the World Bank Puts Self-interest Before Development

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Peter Bosshard

If they are serious about promoting least-cost solutions to the world's energy and climate crisis, they need to redirect their funds towards institutions that are better equipped to support renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency improvements.

Happy Birthday, Emmy Noether

Victor Stenger | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

On March 23, 1882, a girl named Emmy Noether was born in Erlangen, Bavaria. The daughter of a mathematician, she would turn out to be a mathematical genius and make one of the most important contributions to physics in the twentieth century.

Why The Electric Company Pays This Family Every Month

The Huffington Post | Rain Embuscado | Posted 03.21.2013 | HuffPost Home

If you're building a new home, you too could enjoy this very real perk.

The Power Of Interfaith Collaboration: Linking Energy Conservation And Faith Communities

Peter Adriance | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Peter Adriance

When several faith groups made visits to Congress last spring under the auspices of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, the power of diverse faiths speaking with one voice on this issue became clear for me.

Solar Electric Backup for Disasters? Not as Easy as You Think

Dan R. Fink | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Dan R. Fink

Why not just cut that electrical umbilical cord from the power company to your home and go off grid completely, in the middle of the city or suburbs? Unfortunately it's not that simple, and not cheap.

Third Graders Help Their School Win Green Cup Recycle Challenge

Veronique Pittman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
Veronique Pittman

Winning the Recycle Challenge was a source of pride for the children, which showed them that the work they do every week pays off.

Students Prevent Over 1.5 Million Pounds of CO2 Emissions. Winners of the 2012 Green Cup Challenge Announced

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Veronique Pittman

Given that there are 132,600 schools in the U.S. alone, the GCC demonstrates that the potential benefits of a national school-based resource conservation movement are enormous.

Students Cut Energy Use By Up to 17%

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Veronique Pittman

Preventable energy waste costs Americans hundreds of billions of dollars a year and studies have shown that most Americans continue to live in denial about their energy consumption. But students are turning that around.

Re-kindling America's Golden Era of Building Large-Scale Parks and Reserves

Sean Gerrity | Posted 04.04.2012 | Green
Sean Gerrity

I don't believe our window of opportunity has closed on building new big reserves; not yet anyway. But we need to be much more creative and more optimistic if we are going to breathe new life into, and reawaken, that Golden Era.

Conservation 2.5 -- An Essential Upgrade for Human Survival

Peter Seligmann | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Peter Seligmann

If we can get decision makers to value nature's services, if we can help them understand that this is in their enlightened self-interest, then we can transition to sustainable development.

U.S. Schools Compete to Slash Energy Use in 2012

Veronique Pittman | Posted 03.29.2012 | Education
Veronique Pittman

Students in more than 116 schools across the U.S. are competing to reduce their electricity consumption by participating in the 2012 national Green Cup Challenge® (GCC) during peak winter energy usage, Jan. 18 to Feb. 15.

Con Edison Charges New Yorkers More Than Double The National Average

Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

As the country's most expensive city to live in, New Yorkers are accustomed to paying a bit extra, whether it be for luxury dog runs or high-end sushi...

Changing the Conversation: From Nature's Wonder to Nature's Value

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.25.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

As South by Southwest has proven in the areas of technology and music, the best new thinking and creative ideas often emerge when we cross boundaries to seek out new relationships and ideas.

I Remember Reading That My AC Thermostat Should Be Set to 60

Gernot Wagner | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Gernot Wagner

It's hard to take the train in New York without encountering a pop quiz about energy usage. The trouble with this sort of public advertising campaign? Presenting myths and facts often sows more confusion than it dispels.

The Smart Grid: A Better Forecast for Reliable Power and Clean Energy Jobs

Jack Darin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Crazy weather we're having, right? It's been a stormy summer, and one full of reminders about the need to invest in our electric grid.