Support for Continued Use of LEED in US Military
Apr02

Support for Continued Use of LEED in US Military

The LEED green building certification program created by the US Green Building Council has become something of a political football for the past several years. But a recent report from the National Research Council, as well as analysis from the Department of Defense, show that the military should use LEED, despite political pressure opposing it. Congress has been explicitly hostile to LEED in recent years, with the program...

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Experts and Executives Agree: The Profit Motive Hinders Sustainability
Jan27

Experts and Executives Agree: The Profit Motive Hinders Sustainability

A survey of academics and business insiders agrees, the short-term push for corporate profits is one of our biggest barriers to environmental sustainability. Read Full...

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America must not back down on sustainable energy
Dec19

America must not back down on sustainable energy

by Senator Barbara Boxer. If you read just the headlines these days, you might think renewable energy in America is going the way of Solyndra. Don’t take our word for it: A recent headline from Fox News declared “ENTIRE Solar Industry on Brink of Collapse.” We cannot allow long-time opponents of renewable energy to focus the discussion only on Solyndra (whose higher-priced panels could not compete as solar costs came...

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Harnessing the sun’s energy for water and space heating
Dec19

Harnessing the sun’s energy for water and space heating

by Lester Brown. Cross-posted from Earth Policy Institute. The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic panels that convert solar radiation into electricity, these “solar thermal collectors” use the sun’s energy to heat water, space, or both. China had an estimated 168 million square meters (1.8 billion square feet) of...

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Row Over UK Feed-In Tariffs Gets Political. And Decidedly Nasty.
Nov10

Row Over UK Feed-In Tariffs Gets Political. And Decidedly Nasty.

As the UK Government plans swining and hasty cuts to solar subsidies, the opposition party accuses it of crippling an industry in its infancy. Read Full...

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Wind could provide at least 25 percent of electricity for most states
Nov09

Wind could provide at least 25 percent of electricity for most states

by John Farrell. At least 32 states could get 25 percent or more of their electricity from wind power generated within their own borders. This is an updated version of a map included in the report “Energy Self-Reliant States” from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Click on the map to see a larger version. State wind power potential (percent of electricity sales) Related Links: Dalai Lama supports nuclear power, disses...

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