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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Overview of global PV panel waste projections, 2016-2050

INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (IRENA)
Growing PV panel waste presents a new environmental challenge, but also unprecedented opportunities to create value and pursue new economic avenues. These include recovery of raw material and the emergence of new solar PV end-of-life industries. Sectors like PV recycling will be essential in the world’s transition to a sustainable, economically viable and increasingly renewables-based energy future. To unlock the benefits of such industries, the institutional groundwork must be laid in time to meet the expected surge in panel waste.

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Blades of Glory: An Energy.gov Mini Doc

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Blades of Glory: An Energy.gov Mini Doc

In this short documentary, we follow three collegiate teams who are participating in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition in New Orleans. Learn about their experiences and why the competition is important for America’s clean energy future.

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New Energy Outlook 2016

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Global installed capacity in 2012 and 2040 and projected capacity additions

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
Cheaper coal and cheaper gas will not derail the transformation and decarbonisation of the world’s power systems. By 2040, zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of installed capacity. Wind and solar will account for 64% of the 8.6TW of new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years, and for almost 60% of the $11.4 trillion invested.

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It’s National Dump The Pump Day!

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
National Dump the Pump Day: June 16, 2016

It’s time to celebrate the 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day…National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.

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DOT Partnerships for Promoting Pollinator Habitat

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Summary of Respondents’ Partnership Programs

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
A print survey was distributed to 19 state DOTs expected to have experience with maintaining pollinator habitat on highway ROWs, or partnerships with volunteers to maintain roadside landscapes, to gather information about the development and management of such programs. Representatives from nine Minnesota counties also received the survey to assess pollinator-related activities within Minnesota.

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Closing the California Clean Energy Divide

Monday, June 13th, 2016
California Clean Energy: summary of findings

CLEAN ENERGY GROUP
CALIFORNIA HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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Water Efficiency Management Strategies for Airports

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Exhibit 1. Types of facilities and end uses.

AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
As major consumers of water, airports have an obligation to be responsible environmental stewards in the community by increasing the efficiency of their water use and decreasing the amount of energy they spend to heat and pump that water. These changes can lower airports’ costs, improving the financial as well as the environmental sustainability of their operations.

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Renewable Energy Deployment in Colorado and the West

Monday, June 6th, 2016
Figure 1. Combined zonal/nodal structure used for the CO-centric version of RPM

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY

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June 8-10 in Atlanta, GA: Attend One Water Summit 2016

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
One Water Summit

Summit attendees will assess how water drives economic growth, environmental sustainability, and opportunity for all in the United States. Through inspiring plenary sessions, interactive panels, mobile workshops, and caucuses, participants will strategize on how to accelerate the adoption of integrated, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to water resource management.

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Living Shorelines: A Key Line of Defense

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Figure 1 Research Finds 14% of U.S. Coastline Is Armored

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Living shorelines, which use a range of natural stabilization techniques commonly involving the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand, and other materials, provide a proven and cost-effective alternative to structural approaches. These nature-based solutions prevent erosion along estuarine coasts, bays, sheltered coastlines, and rivers while maintaining the land-and-water connection important to sustaining habitats for fish and wildlife, filtering pollutants from stormwater runoff, and protecting land from wave energy.

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