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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Interactive Report: The Real Price of Gas

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Gas price map

With transit bills, electric cars and other non-gas-guzzling transportation options reeling from late-2014’s sudden drop in oil prices, a lot of us are wondering just how cheap our gasoline really is. A new interactive report released by Bloomberg ranks the affordability of gasoline around the world, showing how we stack up against our international peers.

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The Greatest Energy Story You Haven’t Heard: How Investing in Energy Efficiency Changed the US Power Sector and Gave Us a Tool to Tackle Climate Change

Friday, August 26th, 2016
Figure 1: US Energy Use

An invisible resource is working quietly behind the scenes to provide American families and businesses with the power necessary to live and work. This resource lowers harmful pollution, creates US jobs, reduces energy burdens for those most in need, and strengthens community resilience. It also improves the bottom line for business, returns at least double its investment, and saves American households, on average, $840 dollars a year. Energy efficiency has become the nation’s third-largest electricity resource. With increased support it could become the largest—and one of the world’s core strategies to tackle climate change.

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2017 Culture of Health Prize: Call for Applications

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize celebrates communities that are making health a priority by creating powerful partnerships and commitments so that each of us, no matter who we are or where we live, can thrive. Is your community building a shared vision of good health, prosperity, and opportunity for all? If the answer is “yes,” apply for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.

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Deschutes River, OR: We The River

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Deschutes River, OR: We The River

Promotional piece for Deschutes River Conservancy’s We The River campaign.

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White House Weekly Address: Providing a Better, Cleaner, Safer Future for Our Children

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
White House Weekly Address: Providing a Better, Cleaner, Safer Future for Our Children

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the progress we have made to combat global climate change.

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Opportunities to Increase Corporate Access to Clean Energy

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Table 1 – States ranked among the top 5 states for one or more of the identified policies, based on potential to increase corporate access to advanced energy

Advanced energy sources that use little or no fuel, such as wind, solar, hydropower, fuel cells, and energy storage create opportunities for corporations to capture savings and hedge against energy price volatility. The price of advanced energy sources has decreased dramatically during the past decade, and companies are increasingly seeking to purchase power from these resources in order to increase competitiveness and achieve corporate responsibility targets. A growing number of corporations have set formal goals for purchasing renewable energy, which they are integrating into their operations and decision making.

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What are the health and climate benefits of offshore wind farms?

Friday, August 5th, 2016
What are the health and climate benefits of offshore wind farms?

This Harvard researcher created a model in which an offshore wind farm that could power most of Washington D.C. could also save 50 lives per year and generate $690 million per year in climate and health benefits. Dr. Jonathan Buonocore, Program Leader of our Climate, Energy, and Health Program, talks about the science behind “Health and Climate Benefits of Offshore Wind Facilities in the Mid-Atlantic United States,” a paper he and colleagues from Synapse Energy Economics, University of Delaware, and Boston University published in Environmental Research Letters.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute

“Fossil fuels, which provide 85% of our current energy, suffer from two fatal drawbacks. One of which is the fact that they produce greenhouse gasses that are undermining the viability of our climate and therefore our future of industrial society…The other drawback of fossil fuels is that fact that these are depleting, non-renewable resources…So one way or another we will be moving away from fossil fuels as time goes on, it’s just a question of whether we do it in a planned and organized way, or just wait until we can no longer afford to extract the stuff that’s left.”

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Transit Trends Episode 5: City Planning – Where Did We Go Wrong?

Friday, July 29th, 2016
Transit Trends Episode 5: City Planning – Where Did We Go Wrong?

In this episode of Transit Trends, we discuss why the city planning of the past is the cause of our current transportation mess. We sit down with Gabe Klein, the former Director of the D.C. Department of Transportation and Commissioner of Transportation of Chicago to pick his brain on how we got here and what we can do next.

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Green Infrastructure Improves Communities

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Green Infrastructure Improves Communities

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, NRPA and APA are working to demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure in urban communities. Using parks for green infrastructure is a creative and cost-effective alternative to gray infrastructure that allows nature to filter pollutants from rain water, reduce storm water issues and give communities access to more green space.

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