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Mayor Tommy Battle Building a Sustainability Generation

Susanna Murley | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

One of the key areas where cities can promote sustainability is on the streets. By narrowing roadways and increasing the width of sidewalks, they can encourage more walking, higher population density as well as slow down vehicle traffic and generally make their streets more friendly to multiple types of users.

Moving The Planet Forward Innovation Summit

Posted 04.17.2012 | Green

From Planet Forward: Mayors and Business Leaders Take Your Questions Have you ever wanted to tell a big-city Mayor what environmental or energy ...

Help This New England Church Become More Efficient

Susanna Murley | Posted 03.07.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Recently, a Planet Forward member emailed me to ask how her church should become more energy efficient, especially considering their tight budget.

Communities Skip Washington for Green Action Locally

Frank Sesno | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Frank Sesno

By fostering a new generation of energy-aware leaders, communities hope to benefit from the growing green collar job industry while safeguarding against the potentially damaging effects of climate change. Why are they moving and Congress isn't?

#ThinkFWD on Campus Sustainability

Frank Sesno | Posted 12.26.2011 | College
Frank Sesno

To think forward is to take a good look at the present and then apply all of your ingenuity towards cultivating a better future. With the population rushing towards 7 billion and no magical cure to global warming on the horizon, we need ideas. And who better to ask than college students?

On Houses and Homes: Top 5 Stories Behind Solar Decathlon Entries

Susanna Murley | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Planet Forward has been following the Solar Decathlon teams. These are the five that stand out to us that have the best stories connecting their houses to their culture.

Bugging Out: Could Climate Change Make the Insect Instinct Go Haywire?

Frank Sesno | Posted 11.16.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

We often forget how lots of creatures are adapting -- from humans relocating to get away from cold winters or hurricanes to moths growing darker wings in response to growing pollution levels.

Another Katrina? Not Funny

Susanna Murley | Posted 10.22.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

The destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina was a man-made disaster, and we haven't done anything to stop it from happening again. This is the premise behind Harry Shearer's new movie, The Big Uneasy.

Who Will Win the 2011 Solar Decathlon?

Susanna Murley | Posted 09.21.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Can a liberal education prepare you to compete in the Solar Decathlon? In the spirit of Emerson, "Self Reliance," from Middlebury, will be the only submission from a liberal arts school to the Department of Energy's architectural competition.

Building Back Better: Joplin and the Case for Adaptation

Susanna Murley | Posted 08.03.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

As long we've been around, humans have blamed someone else -- gods, fates, earth itself -- for natural disasters. But, now that science suggests we have ourselves to blame, how should we react?

Help Us Make a TV Show!

Susanna Murley | Posted 08.02.2011 | Media
Susanna Murley

Now it's your turn. What is you community doing to build for the future and adapt to a changing planet? What are the engineering innovations that will transform the grid? What businesses are preparing to be resilient with extreme weather?

Energy Innovations at a Big Apple Icon

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Who thought America's most iconic skyscraper could change the way engineers thought about green building?

Can Eben Bayer's Waste-Based Packing Material Create a Sustainable Shipping Industry?

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Would you pack up a family heirloom in a box lined with seed husks and mushroom spores? Eben Bayer, the 26-year-old CEO and chief innovator at Ecovati...

Will the US Go Rogue if Cancún's Climate Talks Fail?

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

One thing's certain about the international climate negotiations happening right now in Cancún: no one's expecting big things.

Better than TV (or that work email)! Live Stream of the GreenGov Conference

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Today we launch the first day of the Green Gov Conference held at George Washington University in Washington DC. Administration officials Steven Chu, ...

Building a Sustainable Model for Solar Small Business

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Whether the industry is called clean tech, green-collar or eco-chic, the job creation potential of new renewable technologies has some pioneering comp...

Disaster Environmentalism? Gulf Oil Slick Makes Climate Negotiations Slippery, Says Utility Exec

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Even before BP capped the oil spill, the Washington Post declared a loss for environmentalists. It's been three months and we haven't seen a cap on carbon, what gives?

Going Under (Video)

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

The average carbon footprint of a person living in Bangladesh is about 1.1 tons a year (the average American footprint is 29 tons), and yet if sea levels were to rise by one meter, one fifth of the country would disappear.

An Electrifying Vision: 20 Million Plug-in Hybrids in 5 Years (Video)

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

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Is Wind Energy the Magic Bullet for our Energy Future? (Video)

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Last year, the wind industry employed more workers than coal mining, according to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association. Wind ene...

Bike Curious in Rhode Island (Video)

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Build bike trails, give cyclists a designated area on the roads, give them parking, and they will come.

Food, Inc Director says "It's not just about food, it's about our right to know" (VIDEO)

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Robert Kenner's documentary about the industrialization of food got a plug from Oprah, was nominated for "Best Documentary" in this year's Academy Awa...

Portsmouth Hastens Down the Wind (video)

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Frank Sesno

While federal legislation to reduce our carbon footprint hits gridlock in Washington DC, small communities across the nation are quietly going green. ...