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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jonathan F.P. Rose, Sustainable Developer and Author of “The Well-Tempered City”

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Jonathan F.P. Rose

“When you look throughout history, when there is a combination of climate change, resource depletion, and enormous income inequality, civilizations fall apart, and we see collapse. And when there’s a lot of social cohesion, then civilizations are able to overcome some of the stresses they’re facing. And so these issues are all interrelated, and as much as we need behavior changes and energy-systems changes, and a lot of technological and certainly infrastructure changes to deal with climate change, at the root we also need to create a more equitable social system to accomplish them.”

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Carbon-Cutting Success Stories

Monday, September 19th, 2016
With help from the New York Green Bank, Hunt Country Vineyards installed 348 rooftop solar panels. Credit: Joyce Hunt

Fortunately, leading states continue to prove that curbing dangerous carbon pollution can reduce the risk of global warming and benefit local communities at the same time. The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states have dramatically reduced dangerous power plant pollution, using tools including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a policy that limits pollution over time and makes polluters pay for the privilege of using the sky for waste disposal. Much of the revenue is then invested in clean energy programs, which have boosted the regional economy by nearly $3 billion.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Dolesh, Vice President of Conservation & Parks, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Richard Dolesh on The Infra Blog

“The idea of green infrastructure in parks is beautifully suited to the whole notion of community engagement and empowerment…Citizens often feel they don’t have a voice in how their government works and the projects that they commit to and how money is spent, but in the notion of putting green infrastructure stormwater management in parks, it opens up a whole new realm of how and what citizens can do to influence the outcomes of how stormwater is managed.”

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Washington, DC: Demonstrating a Hydrogen Fuel Station

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Washington, DC: Demonstrating a Hydrogen Fuel Station

In collaboration with the National Park Service, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy opened one of the first hydrogen fuel station demonstration facilities in Washington D.C.

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The True Cost of Fossil Fuels

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Figure 1: Global change in primary energy use with REmap Options, 2030

The reduction of pollution and climate impact through rapidly increased use of renewable energy by 2030 could save up to USD 4.2 trillion per year worldwide, 15 times the associated costs of doubling the share of renewables. Today’s energy markets, however, do not adequately value climate impact or air pollution. Energy and environmental policies need to correct for these externalities.

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Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
In rapidly growing swaths of the country, installing rooftop solar power can save customers money. In early 2016, the one-millionth American home installed solar, with another 3 million homes projected for the next five years.

Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure paints a picture of an integrated energy system in Oregon and Washington that, by 2040, is among the most sustainable and resilient in the world. At the same time, that 2040 energy system will be beneficial and affordable to the people that will pay for it: rich, middle-class, and lower-income people alike, as well as institutions, communities, and businesses big and small.

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Bill Gates and the Quest for Sustainable Energy

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Bill Gates and the Quest for Sustainable Energy

“We need an energy miracle,” says Bill Gates in this interview with Atlantic editor in chief James Bennet. “That may make it seem too daunting to people, but miracles in science are happening all the time.” So, what are the solutions to climate change? Gates has pledged to invest $2 billion in new alternative energy technologies. In this discussion with Bennet, he extolls the necessity of investment in vast and varied technologies to change such a massive infrastructure quickly. Read more about Gates’s commitment to moving the world beyond fossil fuels in the November 2015 issue of The Atlantic.

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Accelerating U.S. Clean Energy Deployment

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Table 1: Ways for Institutional Investors to Finance Clean Energy

Institutional investors, and the corporations they invest in, are playing a growing role in financing the clean energy infrastructure needed to meet international climate goals. These investors and companies must support policymakers who seek an international agreement that will provide clearer market signals and greater certainty for needed clean energy investments.

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Infographic: How to Combat Air Pollution

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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Air pollution has a variety of contributors from stationary sources, like factories and power plants, to natural sources, like forest fires and dust storms. Air pollution has been shown to have a direct link with health. Those living in areas with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer. It can also cause respiratory inflammation, asthma, and ear infections.

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Green Building Economic Impact Study

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The future for the green industry is projected to see positive growth for years to come, with its influence reaching across the U.S. economy with significant environmental and social benefits being generated to protect the people and the planet. Our findings show that green building construction growth currently outpaces general construction and will continue to do so through 2018.

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