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Cambridge, Mass., Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

This news today on a new energy benchmarking ordinance in Cambridge comes from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). Large commercial, institutional, multifamily, and municipal buildings must track and report their energy and water use. The City Council of Cambridge, Mass., voted unanimously on Monday to approve the Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO), […]

July 30th

Green Materials Report: Beetle-Kill Pine

A majority of the beetle-kill mountain pine forests destroyed by the mountain pine beetle remain standing as a hugely valuable unclaimed resource for building and manufacturing needs. But if left unclaimed, this same resource will transform into dry tinder releasing CO2 and potentially causing devastating forest fires. Companies taking the lead A number of millers, […]

July 29th

Stanford Team Achieves ‘Holy Grail’ of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode

Think energy storage and the “Holy Grail’ of battery design. Here is news of an important discovery from Stanford for on the lithium metal anode for rechargeable batteries, complements of AAAS’s EurekAlert. Stanford Team Achieves ‘Holy Grail’ of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient […]

July 28th

First Solar & XSOL Ink Supply Agreement in Japan

First Solar and XSOL Co., Ltd., a distributor and integrator of solar systems in Japan, today announced an agreement to supply First Solar’s cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film modules in Japan. The agreement targets installation of 100 megawatts (MW)DC per year. Last year, First Solar announced plans to invest $100M in development of mega solar […]

July 28th

UK Grocery Store Sainsbury’s First to Leave Grid; Obtaining Power from Anaerobic Digestion of Scrap Food

More examples are beginning to surface of companies opting to operate independently of the utility operated power grid. In this example, we hear news of Sainsbury’s,  a Saffordshire grocery store, that plans to generate its own power through the anaerobic digestion of food waste. An anaerobic digestion plant owned by Biffa will be providing the […]

July 25th

Green Materials Report: Ecovative Design’s Mushroom Magic

Are there alternatives to foam  when it comes tp packaging and insulation? Absolutely yes. contends Ecovative Design, a Green Island, NY company engaged in the design, development, and testing of new products and biomaterial applications. The company has launched two extremely green mushroom-based products.  Start with the packaging material, said to perform in customized shapes […]

July 22nd

Sustainable Energy Solutions: Compost-Powered Heat

For those composting champions wanting to know more about useable energy which can be captured in the composting process, this guest article from Gaelan Brown about compost-powered heat should help throw light on the subject. Brown has also provided a VIDEO that is well worth watching. Compost Powered Heat: A New And Proven Form of […]

July 18th

Video Games Venue for Sustainability Concepts?

How we communicate is always important, especially so when it comes to sustainability issues, report two Oregon State researchers who believe video games may help drive home wider understanding of complex issues such a climate change. Read this press release from AAAS. Could playing video games help people understand and address global sustainability issues such as pollution, […]

July 11th

Wind Turbine Business Analysis

For those curious about the payback on wind turbines, this press release from AAAS is worth reading. Wind turbine payback US researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the US Pacific Northwest. Writing in the International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, they conclude that in […]

June 17th

Climate Change: A Plan to Share the Carbon Budget Burden

Climate change is an issue of urgent international importance, but for 20 years, the international community has been unable to agree on a coordinated way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a “Perspective” piece published in the June issue of Nature Climate Change, J. Timmons Roberts, the Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, proposes […]

June 11th

Intro to Sustainability Investing

Instead of investing just for the sake of profits and a healthy return, the world of sustainability investing is also focused on the triple bottom line, where the social and environmental aspects of a business are as important as the financial side. “…

June 9th

Climate Change at the Movies

This is an interesting study concerning how people are influenced about real or entertaining issues on subject matter such as climate change. Since we have recently published articles specifically related to facts on climate change it has been interesting watching the number of deniers who penned their two-cents-worth, arguing that the debate on climate change is […]

June 5th

Rutgers Patents: Toward a Greener Concrete

Some patents deserve celebration, like these from Rutgers that state Solidia concrete can be cured  by consuming CO2 rather than water. With worldwide construction demand for concrete continuing to expand at an unprecedented pace, the possibility of leaving behind a greener footprint is encouraging.  Rutgers University and Solidia Technologies Advance Sustainable Building Materials with CO2-Cured Concrete Products The U.S. Patents Office […]

June 3rd