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Brad Pitt’s Foundation Embraces Green Building and Solar Energy

Brad Pitt’s Foundation Embraces Green Building and Solar Energy

Brad Pitt’s foundation on Saturday brought sustainability and green building to an area of Kansas City that struggles with high unemployment and crime rates. Make It Right, Pitt’s six-year-old green building organization, cut the ribbon on Bancroft School Apartments, a former school building that now contains 50 LEED Platinum certified rental units under a solar roof with […]

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    Oliberté Becomes World’s First Fair Trade USA Certified Shoemaker

    Oliberté Becomes World’s First Fair Trade USA Certified Shoemaker

    After hundreds of requirements and a merciless audit process, a Canadian company is the world’s first Fair Trade USA certified shoe retailer in the world. Oliberté, a Certified B Corp and 1% for the Planet member, with warehouses in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, earned the Fair Trade USA certification just in time for its fall and […]

    World’s Richest Countries Spent $500 Billion on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    World’s Richest Countries Spent $500 Billion on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    The nations with the biggest economies seem to spend the largest amounts on subsidies to fossil fuel companies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that $523 billion in subsidies went to fossil fuel companies across the world in 2011, according to a report released today by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a global development think tank. G-20 countries, […]

    8 Businesses Granted $12 Million to Help 150 Million Americans Go Solar

    8 Businesses Granted $12 Million to Help 150 Million Americans Go Solar

    Eight companies, universities and nonprofits have been challenged—and awarded grants—to make it easier for nearly 150 million Americans to go solar. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $12 million in grants today to the organizations as part of the second round of the Rooftop Solar Challenge. The recipients are: Broward County in Florida, California Center for Sustainable […]

    Electric Bike Sales Soar Worldwide

    Electric Bike Sales Soar Worldwide

    Photo credit: Pressebild Eurobike While data from the National Bike Dealers Association shows that Americans bought nearly 19 million bicycles in 2012, electric bike sales finished at less than 1 percent of that amount However, the 159,000 e-bikes sold from 2011 to 2012 in the U.S. still show plenty of growth. Americans purchased just 70,000 […]

    U.S. Wind Industry Poised for Rebound After Dismal First Half

    U.S. Wind Industry Poised for Rebound After Dismal First Half

     A rush by utilities to take advantage of a federal tax credit made late 2012 a historic time for the wind energy sector. The Production Tax Credit (PTC) expired Dec. 31, 2012, bringing installations to a screeching halt in early 2013. Though Congress temporarily extended the PTC two days later, the industry installed just 1.6 megawatts […]

    Microsoft, Apple, Google Power Data Centers with Renewable Energy

    Microsoft, Apple, Google Power Data Centers with Renewable Energy

    It takes a lot of energy to enable web users to stream videos, downloads books and other online activities—about the same amount it would take to power 30 nuclear power plants. Data centers around the world use about 30 gigawatts, or 30 billion watts of electricity, according to Green House Data. U.S. data centers account […]

    What Is Your State’s Renewable Energy Grade?

    What Is Your State’s Renewable Energy Grade?

    Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) recently published report cards grading each state on policies related to net metering and interconnection—two measures that are critical in utilities allowing people to generate their own power. California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Utah each received “A” grades in both categories of the seventh annual Freeing the Grid report. Only […]

    Why ALEC’s Attacks on Renewable Energy Failed Nationwide

    Why ALEC’s Attacks on Renewable Energy Failed Nationwide

    Though nonprofit organizations and educators have recently touted clean energy as an alternative to carbon-polluting fossil fuels, a new report shows the lengths others have gone to prevent the growth of renewables. The latest report from ProgressNow details how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) attempted to curtail renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in states across the country […]