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The renewable energy industry has grown significantly in recent years, due in large part to political leaders and other industry experts setting the stage for clean energy success.

Google Invests $1 Billion in Renewable Energy

Wed, 2013-01-23 13:52

Given increased worldwide energy demand, economic reliance on alternative energy solutions is paramount to the development of a sustainable future. While government incentives and individual initiatives drive the renewable energy sector forward, companies like Google have also become significant contributing forces toward alternative energy production. Recently, Google reached a major investment milestone, contributing more than $1 billion to wind and solar projects.

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U.S. Town Implements Bottled Water Ban

Mon, 2013-01-07 14:21

If you read our earlier post, "College Campuses Ban Bottled Water," then you're aware of the growing trend hitting communities across the country. Several colleges and universities have limited the sale and use of single-serving plastics, namely plastic water bottles. More recent reports indicate that the same ban evident on the college scene has now been implemented in Concord, Massachusetts. With this announcement, Concord becomes the first U.S. city to limit the sale and use of plastic water bottles.

Bipartisan Support for Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2012-12-18 09:49

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that takes steps toward energy efficiency in the United States. The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582) modifies legislation that passed through the Senate last month and will soon return to the Senate for final approval. The bill focuses on a variety of technical corrections to equipment efficiency standards previously enacted by Congress, helping to improve program functionality.

New World Trade Center LEEDs the Way

Thu, 2012-09-13 11:01

As the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks takes place this week, development on the new World Trade Center site continues to move forward, with rebuilding processes in perpetual motion. The highlight, One World Trade Center (formerly referred to as the Freedom Tower), will rise 1,776 feet above New York City’s landscape to become the tallest and most sustainable building (by square feet) in the Western Hemisphere when it is completed in 2014.

President Obama's Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Fri, 2012-09-07 08:45

As the Democratic National Convention winds down, talk about alternative energy solutions and energy efficiency standards continues to move forward for President Obama. Last night, during his convention speech, President Obama outlined his alternative energy policies, which align with the commitments he made during his State of the Union Address.

Promoting Energy and National Security

Thu, 2012-08-23 10:05

In an effort to reduce energy costs and dependency on foreign fuel sources, the Department of Defense (DOD) has made one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history – to generate 3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2025, enough power to sustain nearly 750,000 homes. To accomplish this goal, the DOD has tasked the Army, Navy, and the Air Force to install 1 GW of power each, through renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal.

NYC Energy Consumption Report

Fri, 2012-08-10 10:21

Over the course of the last few years, New York City has systematically sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the comprehensive sustainability plan, PlaNYC. By 2030, the city seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 30 percent in comparison to 2005 levels. The fundamental reasoning for the plan is threefold. First, 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the city come from building energy use. Second, nearly half of the emitted greenhouse gases come from the city’s largest buildings, thereby constituting the city’s largest conservation efforts.

LEED v4 Update

Thu, 2012-06-07 09:07

If you’ve been worrying about taking the LEED exam or registering a project before the new version of LEED comes out, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The date for the release of the LEED v4 (formerly titled 2012) has been pushed back an entire year, much to the delight of many members of the green building community.

President Obama on U.S. Energy Independence

Thu, 2012-01-26 11:16

During the State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama outlined plans to create a nation that’s “built to last,” underlining many key energy policies that will assist in energy independence. One of the primary aspects of his speech involved decreasing investments on foreign oil, not only from a sustainability standpoint, but also in terms of increasing our national security. The increased tensions in the Middle East coupled with continued economic reliance on foreign oil has created a real threat to the stability of America’s energy needs.

Texas v. Environmental Protection Agency

Fri, 2010-12-31 15:50

A federal appeals court temporarily blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from taking control of Texas’s carbon-emission rules while it considers the state’s bid to fend off federal intervention.