Former EPA Chief to Lead Apple’s Environmental Policy
Jun27

Former EPA Chief to Lead Apple’s Environmental Policy

Apple has recently hired former EPA chief Lisa Jackson to be its new Vice President for Environmental Initiatives. While the company has had a strong environmental record, Apple has been criticized in recent years for some of its practices, including producing and briefly leaving EPEAT. Greenpeace sees the good in Jackson’s hiring, calling her, “a proven advocate with a track record of combating toxic waste and the dirty...

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LEED-bashing: War in the woods heats up in Southern states
Jun10

LEED-bashing: War in the woods heats up in Southern states

Bloomberg Business Week covers the battle over certified wood and the rolling back of LEED certification Bloomberg Business Week covers the battle over certified wood and the rolling back of LEED certification Read Full...

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Imagining power utilities for the 21st century (with slow lorises!)
Jun05

Imagining power utilities for the 21st century (with slow lorises!)

The U.S. electricity system is becoming more complex and democratic. That means utilities will have to change, but they can still prosper. Here’s how. “This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun.” — Clark Griswold David Haring / Duke Lemur Center The slow loris will be your guide in this quest for fun. I hope you’ve been enjoying our road trip to Utility Land. (If you’re...

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Greenpeace Campaign Calls for Energized, “Badass” Politicians to Fight CO2
Apr25

Greenpeace Campaign Calls for Energized, “Badass” Politicians to Fight CO2

An animated campaign video from Greenpeace delivers gobs of computerized ultra-violence, but for a cause. Read Full...

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‘Messy’ U.S. climate policy is kinda working
Apr19

‘Messy’ U.S. climate policy is kinda working

Even without an overall climate strategy, the country is inching ahead on climate action, a new report found. Shutterstock Somehow, things are coming together for U.S. climate progress. A national climate change plan is nowhere in sight from Congress, and last week the Obama administration pushed back a deadline to crack down on power plant emissions. But despite those — and many other — familiar setbacks, a new report has...

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Edward Flattau: GOP’s Renewable Fiction

What is really holding back a full-blown renewable energy boom is not technological shortcomings. It is the lack of political will to risk the fossil fuel industry’s wrath. The Republican Party pays lip service to renewable energy while striving to reduce government subsidies for research, development, and distribution of same. In more candid moments, the contradictory thinking of the majority of congressional Republicans...

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