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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Why Creating & Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit is a Highly Effective Climate Protection Strategy

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
FIGURE 1. Household VMT per Day

TRANSFORM
CALIFORNIA HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION
A new analysis of data from Caltrans’ California Household Travel Survey (CHTS) completed in February 2013 shows that a well-designed program to put more affordable homes near transit would not just meet the requirements set by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), but would be a powerful and durable GHG reduction strategy – directly reducing driving while creating a host of economic and social benefits.

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Interactive Map: Our Energy Democracy

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Center for Social Inclusion: Energy Democracy

A new interactive map from the Center for Social Inclusion illustrates projects across the country where local communities are taking a stand to improve their economic futures and fight climate change. The map, called Energy Democracy for All, highlights “over 100 projects that are rooted in communities, with a particular lens toward communities of color, who by 2042, will become the majority in our nation.”

From energy conservation in Dover to biofuel crops in Durham, these projects are a testament to the effectiveness of civic engagement across the USA. Visit energydemocracy.centerforinclusion.org to see what’s happening in your region!

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The All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Figure 1-1: U.S. Crude Oil Production and Net Imports

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
The All-of-the-Above energy strategy has three key elements: to support economic growth and job creation, to enhance energy security, and to deploy low-carbon energy technologies and lay the foundation for a clean energy future. This report lays out these three elements of the All-of-the-Above energy strategy, and takes stock of the progress that has been made to date and the work that remains to be done.

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Cleveland, OH: Voinovich Bridge Construction Aiming for Maximum Sustainability

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Cleveland, OH: Voinovich Bridge Construction Aiming for Maximum Sustainability

Cleveland’s George V. Voinovich Bridge team is leading the way in sustainable construction practices. The project team is using the FHWA INVEST tool to gauge its environmental impact during the project. During construction of the eastbound bridge, the team hopes to reach “Platinum” status – the highest level achievable!

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Solar Freakin’ Roadways!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Solar Freakin’ Roadways!

It’s the roadway of the future! Feel inspired? Help us bring this project to the next step: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/so…

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Air Pollution Takes a Heavy Toll Around the World

Monday, May 26th, 2014
Air Pollution Takes a Heavy Toll Around the World

Outdoor air pollution, much of it from road transport, is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in terms of the value of lost lives and ill health, according to new OECD research. Without government action to limit vehicle emissions, the costs will rise in the years ahead.

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Energy 101: Wind Turbines

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Energy 101: Wind Turbines

See how wind turbines generate clean electricity from the power of wind. The video highlights the basic principles at work in wind turbines, and illustrates how the various components work to capture and convert wind energy to electricity. This updated version also includes information on the Energy Department’s efforts to advance offshore wind power. Offshore wind energy footage courtesy of Vestas.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Airport Parking Facilities

Monday, May 12th, 2014
AIRPORTS WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
Purchases of EVs are increasing throughout the United States, with the West Coast states accounting for a disproportionately high number of EVs on the road. Research undertaken for this report has shown that at least 37 airports in the United States are providing EV charging stations, most commonly in short-term or long-term parking facilities, and usually with no additional charging fee to customers. None of the airport sponsors interviewed reported the installation process as being particularly onerous, especially if up-front costs were alleviated by grants and if the existing electrical infrastructure was adequate to support the EV charger installation.

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Washington State: Fight Big Oil With a Clean Fuels Standard

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

A motion graphic about Washington state’s alternative fuel resources and how a clean fuels standard would create jobs, reduce pollution and lesson our dependence on oil. Learn more at cleanfuelsjobs.org

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Clicking Clean: How Companies Are Creating the Green Internet

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Company Scorecard

GREENPEACE
While shifting businesses to an online model can create significant gains in energy efficiency, the energy appetite of the internet continues to outstrip those gains thanks to its dramatic growth. Critically, the internet’s growing energy footprint has thus far been mostly concentrated in places where energy is the dirtiest…But there is good news to report: since our last report, How Clean is Your Cloud? (April 2012),3 leading data center operators have taken key steps toward building a green internet, particularly those companies that have committed to build a 100% renewably powered platform. These commitments are having a profound impact in the real world, shifting investment from legacy coal, gas and nuclear power plants to renewable energy technologies, and disrupting the status quo among major electric utilities.

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