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Energy Efficiency

Private Sector Leads on Clean Energy

Kate Gordon | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

The private sector is leading the way toward a cleaner energy future. Across the country, companies are setting internal carbon reduction goals, building more efficient factories, putting up wind and solar panels -- and asking their suppliers to do the same.

Nuclear's Once Bright and Shiny Future Blinks Out

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Where, outside of Iran, will new nuclear power plants be contemplated? Wherever that may be, it looks to be increasingly few and far between.

The Dim World of Light Bulb Politics

David Jenkins | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
David Jenkins

When widespread concern about energy waste caused states to start passing light bulb efficiency standards, the manufacturers sought a uniform national standard and got it.

Finding Your Force Multiplier

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Finding force multipliers for your company may not be obvious, but the thing these examples have in common is that they look at existing resources and ask, "What more could we get out of what we already have or already spend?"

Imitating Nature: Engineering's Sincerest Form of Efficiency

Neil Wagner | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Neil Wagner

Energy efficiency has often been called the "low-hanging fruit" of our battle against climate change. An appropriate metaphor, as Climate Progress's Joe Romm points out, because energy efficiency "grows back."

Missing the Point on Climate

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

It does not cost more to reduce carbon emissions; it costs less. Companies, consumers, and countries save money when they reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Study after study -- and the constant experience of companies saving billions in eco-efficiency -- prove this point.

Low Prices a Problem? Making Sense of Misleading Talk About Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.

You Can Cut Your Carbon Emissions 20 Percent Over the Next Year

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.26.2012 | Green
Elliott Negin

"The most important single change for most Americans would be to trade in their gas-guzzler for a more fuel-efficient car... At today's gas prices, that would save you as much as $18,000 over the 15-year life of the car."

Earth Day Energy Quiz Yields Alarming Results

Brian F. Keane | Posted 06.25.2012 | Green
Brian F. Keane

Rather than telling people how to be more energy efficient this Earth Day, SmartPower decided to test consumers' knowledge of energy efficiency with a...

'Think Like a Man' Has Sony Thinking Green

Gina Hall | Posted 06.24.2012 | Entertainment
Gina Hall

Think Like a Man is the first feature film to use 100 percent energy efficient (LED) lighting sources on the production.

This Earth Day: Jobs, Environment and Economic Growth Together

Howard Learner | Posted 06.23.2012 | Green
Howard Learner

Earth Day 1970 sounded an alarm. It launched the modern environmental movement. Today, the growing green economy is helping to drive the Midwest's and our nation's economic recovery.

Setting Unrealistic Expectations to Commemorate Earth Day

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Joan Michelson

This progress is too slow and not audacious enough. We need Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG). What has to happen to flip the current energy paradigm, where oil is 3.6 percent of our energy consumption?

Eco Sense and Cents-ibility

Women & Co | Posted 06.18.2012 | Women
Women & Co

Here are some "sensible" things you can do, beyond buying eco-efficient tech gadgets, to reduce your carbon footprint and potentially save you "cents."

Green Lethargy Among College Students? Not So Fast!

Brian F. Keane | Posted 06.05.2012 | College
Brian F. Keane

Energy users will more often than not take action because of the simple reasoning that it's just stupid to power a device when it's not in use. The environmental value comes in as a byproduct of the smart energy action they just made.

'Green News Report' - April 3, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Biden slams...

Does Earth Hour Do More Harm Than Good?

Maggie Koerth-Baker | Posted 05.30.2012 | Science
Maggie Koerth-Baker

The solutions to our energy problems don't start with individuals shutting the lights off at home. They start with public policy -- the only force that can actually change how the infrastructure and shared systems work.

A Social Network for Buildings... Honestly?

Karla Zens | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Karla Zens

Remember having to rely on restaurant recommendations of trusted friends and a handful of professional reviewers in the pre-Yelp and Chowhound world? That's where the building industry is today.

Top 10 Green Spring Cleaning Tips

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
Brian F. Keane

Springtime presents the perfect opportunity to get outside, talk to your neighbors and demonstrate how to be a good steward to your shared environment. Here are my top ten green, spring cleaning tips.

Green Plowshares in the Pacific Northwest

William S. Becker | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

Three governors and the Premier of British Columbia announced an action plan to make the Pacific Northwest's homes more energy efficient, its vehicles less dependent on oil, and its communities less vulnerable to the threat of global climate change.

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 5

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

When you think about it, a window has a complicated job: it must allow the sun's light to pass though, but not the sun's heat. It must keep cool conditioned air inside, but not have condensation on the outside of the glass.

Green Tax Write-Off Tips

Earth911 | Posted 03.05.2012 | Green

From Earth911's Alexis Petru: With April’s tax deadline quickly approaching, don’t forget that many purchases you made last year to benefit the...

Emanuel Delivers on the Promise of Clean Energy

Jack Darin | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago
Jack Darin

While many leaders talk about the urgency of transitioning to clean energy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is acting, and making major changes that will deliver cleaner air and new jobs for Chicago in the near future.

'Green News Report' - February 21, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Gas prices ...

'Green News Report' - February 16, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.17.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: EXPOSED: Ri...

'Green News Report' - February 14, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.15.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican ...