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Oct
05

What are You Doing Today for Energy Efficiency Day?

October 5 has been declared Energy Efficiency Day, by the US Senate, and over 40 local governments and more than 300 communities, companies and organizations: https://bit.ly/2RtpohM  To learn more and to take action in your home or neighborhood, visit: https://www.energ...

Sep
17

World Green Building Week - September 24-30

It's Green Building Week September 24th-30th!   This is a time every year when the USGBC, World GBC and partnering chapters and organizations work to promote and really celebrate sustainable building materials, products, companies/organizations - and people - in a way d...

Sep
06

California Votes in Carbon-Free Electricity Generation, with a 2045 Target

Following Hawaii's lead and pending Governor Brown's expected signature, California lawmakers voted at the end of August to require 100 percent carbon-free electricity generation by 2045.   California currently gets 29% of electricity, up from 11% a decade ago. ...

Jul
20

Ireland Will Become the World's First Country to Divest from Fossil Fuels

  We know that UK church plans to dump $21 billions of fossil fuels if the companies do not align to climate change goals by 2023. Now, the practice levels up to a national action in Ireland. The Republic of Ireland will become the first country in the world to sell off its inves...

Jul
18

UK Church Plans to Dump $21 Billion in Fossil Fuels if the Companies Do Not Align to Climate Change Goals by 2023

One of the UK's largest charity fund managers, The Church of England's parliament, has voted 347 to four in favor with three abstaining to sell $21 billion worth of investments in fossil fuels if the companies do not align to climate change goals by 2023. The vote applies to the Ch...

Jul
18

India will Abolish All Single-Use Plastic by 2022, with an Immediate Ban in Delhi

  The world’s oceans will be filled with more plastic mass than fish mass by 2050, the World Economic Forum study reported in its 2016 study.   Combating plastic waste, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to get rid of all single-use plastic i...

Jul
17

Toyota Sails the World's First Hydrogen-Powered Vessel on a Six-Year Voyage

  A few days ago, we talked about hydrogen fuel research vessel was proven to be feasible. See Discussion "Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible." Now, there is an even crazier news. The world's first autonomous hydrog...

Jul
11

Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible: Team Designs Zero-Emissions Research Vessel

Marine research activities can be carbon free now, thanks to a ship design developed by Sandia National Laboratories.   Hydrogen fuel cell technology has existed for decades. Its advantages include zero-emission and zero-noise. Using hydrogen fuel cell in a ship will protect resea...

Jul
05

Majority of Americans Say Climate Change Affects their Local Community, and the Government is Doing Too Little

  Almost 60 percent of Americans say climate change is currently affecting their local community. Most Americans say the federal government is doing too little to protect water (69 percent) and air quality (64 percent). Two-thirds of Americans believe the government is doing too ...

Jun
28

A Hyper-Efficient Water Filter to Desalinate Seawater has been Developed, by a Lab at Zhejiang University in China

  Researchers Zhe Tan et al.* from Zhejiang University in China have developed a filter that is more than tripling efficient than the currently popular ones on the market. In their paper Polyamide Membranes with Nanoscale Turing Structures for Water Purification, they credited th...

Jun
28

The First Solar Panel Recycling Plant in Europe Opens in France

  Veolia Environment S.A., a French transnational water, waste, and energy company, has opened the first recycling plant for solar panels in Europe. Veolia is aiming to build more recycling plants as virtually all French solar panels will reach their end of life in 2018. &nbs...

Jun
22

16 States and Puerto Rico Create Green Banks to Finance, Pushing Renewable Energy On the Way

Previously, we discuss a big green trend is coming: green finance will fund the green transformation. Leading finance organizations such as Barclays, Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase see unlimited opportunity to fund the sustainability transition, along with the world’s gover...

Jun
22

China, the Largest Importer of Trash, Refused to Continue to Be the Major Dumping Land

For decades, China was the world's largest importer of waste. However, Beijing imposed a ban of 24 types of scraps into the border, effective January 2018.   Before the restriction, China acted as a dumping ground for more than 50 percent of the world’s trash. ...

Jun
04

Green Buildings Becomes Mandatory in Ajman, United Arab Emirates as of June 1, 2018

You might know that California became the first state in the United States of America to require all new homes to have solar power starting in 2020. But do you know that Ajman, UAE has required all constructions to go green, effective on June 1?  The policy was announced by the Munic...

Jun
04

4 Passive House Dorms Planned for Bowdoin's Park Row this Summer

This summer Lavallee Brensinger Architects will help Wright-Ryan Construction’s team build four passive house dorms for the upperclassmen of the college to reside in. 22 students will live in each of the four buildings that stretch over 3.56 acres on the college’s Park Row. ...

May
24

Dubai is Getting Green-- Dewa Signs Green Building Agreement

In May 2018, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signed a contract with Green Business Certification Inc (GCBI). According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two organizations will cooperate research and development, training, and promoting green building. The MoU w...

May
23

California State Senator Kevin de Léon: "100 Percent Clean Energy is Within Reach"

California State Senator Kevin de Leon shared his optimism about renewable energy. Kevin de Leon said, the state’s policy not only turns environmental issue into economics opportunities, but also provide a green place for residents in California, who enjoy higher quality of air, hea...

May
19

The first LEED platinum certified Ice arena at Bentley University

Bentley University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, recently has opened a new LEED certified multipurpose arena. This building is the first of Bentley’s architecture to earn a LEED certification; however, like many other schools across the country, they are trying to continue to ...

May
16

Tesla and South Australia Will Turn 50,000 Homes into the World's Largest Virtual Solar Power Plant

Tesla's Powerball battery in a solar powered home -- Tesla   State of South Australia announced on February 2018 that Tesla and South Australia will turn 50,000 homes into a virtual solar power plant, which will become the world largest virtual power plant. The South Aust...

May
10

Here is the Green Apple-- Apple is Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

On April 9, 2018, Apple announced its global facilities are powered by 100 percent clean energy, including offices, data centers, retail stores, and co-located facilities throughout 43 countries in the world such as the United Kingdom, China, and India. In addition, there are nine additional m...

May
10

California Becomes the First State to Require All New Homes to Have Solar Power Starting in 2020

On Wednesday May 9, 2019, California became the first state to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment, starting in 2020. Unanimously approved by the five members of California Energy Commission, the standard is the first statewide mandate in the United States and...

May
09

The First Municipal Building Free and Open to the Public in the U.S. to Achieve The Living Building Certification

Photo by Alexander Denmarsh and Kent Suhrbier The Frick Environmental Center has become the first municipal building free and open to the public in the U.S. and is currently one of 21 buildings in the world to achieve the prestiguous Living Building Challenge Certification. A joint ve...

May
09

Study: Four Percent Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Per Year in China = $339 Billion Health Savings

A new MIT study affirms as might be expected that if China reduces carbon dioxide emissions, Chinese residents will experience significant benefits to air quality and human health. However, the study additionally reports that the benefit of monetary savings offsets the cost of implementin...

Apr
09

Governor Baker Files Legislation to Require Home Energy Scores and Ratings

On April 4, Massachsetts Governor Baker filed legislation that may ultimately have a significant impact on home energy efficiency throughout the state.  Called "An Act Relative to Consumer Access to Residential Energy Information," Bill H.4371 would require that a home e...

Apr
05

Fuel Efficiency Rollback Plans Make No Sense - For the Environment or the Economy

Although not a total surprise, the EPA’s announcement of plans to roll back auto emissions adopted by the Obama Administration in 2012 just makes no sense.  Not only were President Obama’s plans to require automakers to reach aggressive mileage standards by 2025 great for the ...