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Energy Efficiency

Sleepless in San Francisco: My First Day With the Sierra Club

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

As effective as the Sierra Club has been, we need to do our best work in the years ahead. Looking forward, here are a few projects we want to complete.

China's Green Leap Forward

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Improving its energy intensity by one fifth would be a proud achievement for any country. Yet in China, such gains are not sufficient to outpace growing demand.

World Bank Convenes Multi-Stakeholder Energy Consultation in DC

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chad Dobson

More than one hundred participants attended the consultation as part of an open dialogue with the World Bank as they continue to shape their Energy Strategy Approach Paper.

Job Creation Begins at Home

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

While job creation is the number one national priority at the moment, climate change threatens not only the health of the planet, but our economic viability as well. The solution to both is a clean energy economy.

Finding the Cash for Sustainable Energy

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

Even if you reject the compelling science of climate change, what real argument is there against a cheap, secure energy supply and efficient energy use? That the old ways are better?

Green News Report -- March 4, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport Now available via Stitcher Radio's way cool iPhone app! Now available via Stitcher Radio's way cool app! Listen on your iP...

Green News Report -- February 23, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Green medals at the Vancouver Olympics; Early spring in Japan; Slow boats to China; EPA under fi...

Does Facebook Deserve the Hell It's Getting from Greenpeace?

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Social networking giant Facebook has been taking heat from enviros recently for its decision to site a massive new data center in Prineville, Ore. The issue? Coal.

Green Makes Green ($): How Sustainability Creates Jobs

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Dirty energy companies are fighting to be the last of the dinosaurs, forestalling the inevitable day when they join the fossils that created their fortunes.

Banks Should Finance Energy Efficiency Loans, Not Subprime Mortgages

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Upwards of 90 percent of the trillions of dollars that must be invested in energy saving technologies will come from private investors with deep pockets. In other words: Wall Street.

Should You Invest In A White Roof?

Mother Jones | Photo Essay by Phillip Toledano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The latest white-roofs study used computer simulations to figure out what might happen if every roof in every city of the world were white. The findin...

Save Those Presidents

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Presidents' Day sales are so retro. Get with it, and save presidents in the 21st century fashion. The Presidents' Day holiday was officially establish...

Let There Be Light! Obama's Budget Delivers on Energy

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Signer

After years of virtual inaction from the Bush administration on a clean economy, the president's new budget is a politically savvy, substantively brave, and altogether impressive collection of proposals.

The State of the Union: Jobs, Energy and Climate

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

I agree with Obama's strategy of brushing off the climate change deniers, but at the same time we need to think hard about a political system that is so reluctant to deal with scientific fact.

A Solution-Based SOTU Reaction

Kristen Psaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kristen Psaki

While inefficient homes contribute over 20 percent of the nation's carbon pollution, less than 5 percent of these 130 million homes have undergone an energy efficient retrofit, or weatherization.

NYC Public School Students Participate in the Green Cup Challenge

Veronique Pittman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Veronique Pittman

New York is the first major city in which the entire public school system (that's 1,500 NYC public schools with 1.1 million students) has committed reducing their carbon footprint.

Green News Report -- January 26, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Your weather says cold, but your climate (and NASA) says HOT; Oil, oil, toil and more trouble; Plastic bag taxes -- do the...

Empowering a Climate Change Movement: Low Carbon Diet and the Cool Community

David Gershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Gershon

This is the first of a six-part weekly series excerpted from chapter 11 of my book Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World. It descri...

Why We Need Innovation, Not Just Insulation

Bill Gates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Gates

Innovation in transportation and electricity -- not improved efficiency -- will be the key factor in reducing C02 emissions 80 percent by 2050.

Cool Roofs

Mother Nature Network | Marsha Walton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The U.S. Department of Energy is encouraging the use of reflective paint and "cool roofs" to increase the energy efficiency of homes and commercial bu...

1950s vs. 2000s: The Drive to Supersize

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

In the 1950s the average American consumed roughly 2,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year; today that number has grown to roughly 13,800 kilowatt-hours per year.

2010 Predictions: Smaller, Smarter, Greener Homes

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Here are five common-sense ways in which Americans will reduce residential energy consumption this year.

The Real Results of Copenhagen Will Be Seen in Our Cities

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

It is in NYC's buildings that the real impact of sustainability policy will be felt. As our homes and businesses are weatherized and our old appliances are replaced by energy efficient models, the sentiments of Copenhagen become a reality.

California Requires TVs To Be More Energy Efficient

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California regulators adopted the nation's first energy-efficiency standards for televisions Wednesday in hopes of reducing...

Creating Jobs, Investment and Economic Opportunity in the Outer Boroughs

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

What New Yorkers need, especially those in outer boroughs suffering from the housing crash, is a way to channel investment to make green improvements to their homes and businesses.