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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Drilling Is Tragic For Marine Life

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Top: Bottlenose dolphins. Middle: Right whales. Lower: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment effort.

ENVIRONMENT NORTH CAROLINA
Our coasts are home to stunning wildlife and incredible beaches, from the Jersey Shore to the Outer Banks to the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately offshore drilling is putting our natural heritage and marine life at risk. On ‘good’ days, drilling kills and injures wildlife and threatens human health and the economy. When they happen (which is all too frequently) major disasters such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout are catastrophic.

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Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Change in automobile trips after Complete Streets improvements.

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values.

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U.S. Solar Market Insight Report

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Figure 1.1 Annual U.S. Solar PV Installations, 2000-2014

SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Solar energy posted another banner year in the U.S. in 2014. Photovoltaic (PV) installations reached 6,201 MWdc, up 30% over 2013 and more than 12 times the amount installed five years earlier. By the end of the year, a cumulative total of 18.3 GWdc of solar PV and another 2.2 GWac of concentrating solar power (CSP) were operating in the U.S. Over 600,000 homes and businesses now have on-site solar (nearly 200,000 of these installations were completed in 2014), and six states are home to more than 500 MWdc each of operating solar capacity.

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The 50 States of Solar

Friday, March 20th, 2015

NC CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CENTER

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Arizona: Creating a Solar Energy Future

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Arizona: Creating a Solar Energy Future

Families and businesses in the Gila Bend area of Arizona will enjoy renewable energy generated from glistening solar fields. Learn more at http://bv.com/

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NYC: Bringing Dutch Bicycling Culture to the Big Apple

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
NYC: Bringing Dutch Bicycling Culture to the Big Apple

In the Netherlands, bicycles are fully integrated into daily life. In New York City, despite the introduction of bike lanes during the Bloomberg administration and the introduction of Citi Bike stations around the city, bike culture is still evolving.

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Benefits of Distributed Energy Storage

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Figure ES-1: Applications and Benefits of Distributed Storage. Source: 2010 Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid: Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide, Sandia National Laboratories.

INTERSTATE RENEWABLE ENERGY COUNCIL (IREC)
In the last 10 years the percentage of electricity generated in the United States from renewable sources, has grown at an impressive rate, including significant amounts of generation located on the distribution system. Solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity systems in particular have evolved rapidly from a once-niche technology to one that is now widely used by schools, households, businesses and utilities across the country. Distributed renewable energy offers a wide range of environmental, societal and customer benefits, however their introduction in large numbers will require innovative and forward thinking regulatory policies in order to smoothly integrate them into the existing electrical system.

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Ohio Statewide Transit Needs

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Figure 1: Ohio Transit Agencies Sources of Funding

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Changing cultural preferences for transportation are evident from both younger (millennials) and older generations (baby boomers). A large portion of these populations express a desire to live in communities that are bikeable, walkable and have transit.

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Wind Energy Helps Build a More Reliable and Balanced Electricity Portfolio

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
U.S. Wind Energy Share of Electricity Generation by State During 2013

AMERICAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
Some of the most common questions about wind energy focus on how wind can be reliably integrated into the power system. A key source of confusion is that, contrary to most people’s intuitive experience that winds are variable and electricity demand and supply is stable, the opposite is actually true at the grid operator scale. The following report answers 15 of the most frequently asked questions with lessons learned from grid operators’ experiences reliably integrating large amounts of wind. Concise answers to these questions are provided here in the executive summary, while citations and explanations of the supporting data and analysis for those answers can be found by following the hyperlinks to the relevant sections of the full report below.

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STREETFILMS: Ten Awesome Transportation “Best Practices” from Ten Great Cities!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
STREETFILMS: Ten Awesome Transportation “Best Practices” from Ten Great Cities!

Up front: Streetfilms has hardly travelled everywhere on the globe, but of the places we have been here are ten cities and the great things they do to make a livable city. Now just imagine a city that did all ten of these things really well!

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