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Smart Parking Solutions Can Reduce Emissions, Transform Cities

Smart Parking Solutions Can Reduce Emissions, Transform Cities

By Greg Rucks and Laurie Guevara-​Stone Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Searching for a parking space is a routine (and often frustrating) activity for many people in cities around the world. This search burns about one million barrels of the world’s oil every day. There are also four parking spaces per vehicle in the U.S., and most […]

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    U.S. Department of Energy Awards $60M to Solar Research and Development

    U.S. Department of Energy Awards $60M to Solar Research and Development

    Wanting to build on an already growing industry, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invested $60 million this week in solar energy research and development. The awards were announced at the ongoing, three-day Solar Power International 2013 event in Chicago as a small portion of President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon pollution while supporting clean energy innovation. The […]

    7 Easy Ways to Make Buildings Energy Efficient

    7 Easy Ways to Make Buildings Energy Efficient

    If commercial and government buildings are empty for most of the year, why do they consume so much energy? A report from Greensense, an Australian sustainability software developer, estimates that buildings in its country are vacant for about 72 percent of a year, between off hours and holidays. Still, those buildings consume about 55 percent […]

    College Entrepreneurs Develop Shower Meter to Reduce Water Consumption

    College Entrepreneurs Develop Shower Meter to Reduce Water Consumption

    Of the hundreds of people the team at Sprav Water LLC asked, the majority had no clue how much water they used during showers. “More than you probably want to know,” one person responded in a company video. The average U.S. household uses 300 gallons of water per day, and only laundry washing and toilet […]

    IKEA Continues to Lead in Solar Energy Installations

    IKEA Continues to Lead in Solar Energy Installations

    IKEA has commenced work on a new solar panel array that will double the amount of generation at a store just outside, Boston, MA. The retailer, which installed solar projects on 39 of its 44 U.S. locations last year, recently began work on a 58,575-square-foot addition to its Stoughton, MA location. The addition will make space […]

    Apple’s Lisa Jackson Discusses Company’s Quest for 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    Apple’s Lisa Jackson Discusses Company’s Quest for 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    Though Apple says its data centers and corporate offices are mostly powered by renewable energy, the tech titan looks to become even more sustainable with the hire of Lisa Jackson as its vice president of environmental initiatives. Jackson spent 25 years in the public sector, most recently as the administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

    Is Your City Listed in Latest Ranking of Bicycle Friendly Communities?

    Is Your City Listed in Latest Ranking of Bicycle Friendly Communities?

    The growing number of people pedaling along the sidewalks and streets aren’t just biking in urban areas. The League of American Bicyclists released its latest ranking of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) today, including 32 communities that are new to the list, many of which are suburbs. There are now 291 BFCs in 48 states. The League […]

    Norway Investments in Renewable Energy ‘Could Change the World’

    Norway Investments in Renewable Energy ‘Could Change the World’

    With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world. Erna Solberg, who will be named Norway’s second female prime minister, has already heard proposals from her government to use sovereign wealth fund money to invest in sustainable companies […]

    Arizona Solar Farm Ready to Power 70,000 Homes

    Arizona Solar Farm Ready to Power 70,000 Homes

    A $2 billion solar farm in southern Arizona is ready to power nearly 70,000 households. Spanish company Abengoa announced this week that its massive Solana solar farm passed a series of commercial operation tests and is ready to go live. Solana is located in Gila Bend, which is about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. The farm […]