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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

An Evaluation Study of Plants for Use on Green Roofs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Green Roof plants

The environmental benefits include conserving water, reducing interior noise pollution, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat-island effect, improving urban air quality through carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange, and creating habitats for a diversity of birds, insects, and animals. Along with extending the life of the roof by two to three times over a conventional roof, economic benefits include reducing energy costs—both heating and cooling—increasing property values, and meeting requirements for stormwater management.

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Wind Technologies Market Report

Friday, August 21st, 2015
Figure 1. Annual and cumulative growth in U.S. wind power capacity

Annual wind power capacity additions in the United States rebounded in 2014, and continued growth through 2016 is anticipated. Recent and projected near-term growth is supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive—the production tax credit (PTC)—which is available for projects that began construction by the end of 2014. Wind additions are also being driven by recent improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, which have resulted in the lowest power sales prices ever seen in the U.S. wind sector.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Graham Richard is CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast growing national association of businesses working toward a prosperous future based on secure, clean, affordable energy, and CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, AEE’s charitable and educational affiliate.

“We’re seeing consumer power has been growing, meaning the clout that consumers have in many different dimensions of our economy. And I see that happening now in energy. In that same opportunity where consumers want to know where that power’s coming from, they want to know what the cost is—but they’re also willing, when you have an opportunity to explain what the technology could do, to improve that aging infrastructure.”

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Cool Innovators: Cutting Carbon & Growing the Economy in Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

This document profiles Massachusetts-based companies and projects that are embracing each of the ten innovative, game-changing trends identified in Cool Solutions. The businesses profiled here are just a handful of the thousands of Massachusetts companies making a difference in the fight against global warming while creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.

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Snake River, WA: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Snake River, WA: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

Snake River Salmon have been trucked, put on barges, diverted up fish ladders — all in the hope that enough would bypass the four dams standing in their way to reach their historic habitat, and ensure their future existence.. But it’s not working. The time has come to breach the dams and reconnect wild salmon to this important watershed.

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Clean Energy: The Time Is Now

Friday, August 14th, 2015
Clean Energy: The Time Is Now

In America, the transition to a clean energy economy is already underway. We’re calling on candidates to show us a plan to power the country with 50% clean energy by 2030. The time is now.

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Newark, NJ: Planning & Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Figure 1 ‐ GSI Best Management Practices

The City of Newark seeks to create a more sustainable city environment, improving the urban design of neighborhoods, the infrastructure serving the City, and health and safety of residents and businesses. Implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is a key strategy by which Newark can both manage stormwater runoff more sustainably and promote sustainable community design and renewal.

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Interactive Report: ASCE Gamechangers

Friday, August 7th, 2015
ASCE Gamechangers

#GameChangers is a compilation of the best and brightest innovations changing the infrastructure sector…We have surveyed engineers and public officials across the country to identify key game changers across the major infrastructure sectors – how we deliver drinking water, treat wastewater, build roads and bridges, design transit systems, generate and distribute energy, and move goods to market. We’re at a critical moment in deciding how, and if, we will further invest in our infrastructure. Imagine what more we can do if we seize the opportunity to replicate these engineering innovations.

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Low-Carbon Electricity Pathways for the U.S. and the South

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Figure 1. The Proposed Emissions Rate Reduction Targets

Power plants are one of the largest sources of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for nearly 39% of annual CO2 emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels (EIA, 2014, Table A.18). On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed state-specific limits on CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) as part of its Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The Southeast U.S. and Texas are experiencing an economic boom, mostly due to manufacturing and energy industry growth. But that boom is at risk from unchecked climate change, which could render this region—already one of the hottest and most weather-vulnerable of the country—at significant economic risk. However, if policymakers and business leaders act aggressively to adapt to the changing climate and to mitigate future impacts by reducing their carbon emissions, this region can lead in responding to climate risk. The Southeast can demonstrate to national and global political leaders the kind of strong response necessary to ensure a strong economic future.

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