Day: July 15, 2011

Innovative Ideas To Keep Cool, Save Energy

Read the full story from NPR.

With much of the U.S. going through a heat wave and the report that the U.S. military spends $20 billion a year on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan, we wondered just what’s being done to make air conditioning more energy- and cost-efficient. Michele Norris asks Lloyd Alter, a senior writer for architecture and design for the web site, Treehugger.

Building a Business Case for Conserving Water

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

If I had to pick, I’d say that water has so far been 2011’s top buzzword in sustainability and community relations. With the demand for water projected to outstrip supply by 40 percent by 2030, having a business plan on how to conserve the natural resource is extremely important — for manufacturing, for reputation and for the communities and local environments in which we do business.

Red Sox, Chiefs Among 20 Pro Teams Joining Green Sports Alliance

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The Green Sports Alliance, formed barely four months ago to up the green game of major league sports, has quadrupled in size with 20 pro teams, 19 venues and more joining the coalition.

The nonprofit group named several of the new teams and venues yesterday that have been added to its roster. It also announced that at least three of the six U.S. professional sports leagues have signed on to the Green Sports Alliance; the specific leagues that joined will be disclosed later this summer.

The alliance is focused on reducing the environmental impact of pro sports, its venues and operations, and getting fans to join the effort. The group wants to build upon and accelerate progress made by leading teams to manage waste and increase recycling at sports events, make facilities more energy efficient and engage the millions who attend and watch games.

Boston police prep for Hubway bike-sharing program

Read the full story at SmartPlanet.

In preparation for the rollout of a new bike-sharing program, Boston is boosting police surveillance at key intersections in the city to monitor for collisions.

Friends of Earth rains on Lufthansa biofuel parade

Read the full story at Smart Planet.

Friends of the Earth today condemned Lufthansa’s use of biofuels on commercial flights as “greenwashing” that makes an environmentally destructive practice appear eco-friendly.

A thermal battery for storing solar

Read the full story at SmartPlanet.

A major concern for renewable power industries is storage. Figuring out how to save that energy for those rainy, windless days and nights would benefit bottom lines, grid stability, and ultimately, the Earth. For solar’s sake, MIT engineers have been making inroads in chemically storing the sun’s energy as heat rather than electricity. The idea is to develop a thermal battery that can take in and release solar energy on demand, and over and over again.

Infographic Of The Day: A Tour Guide To Collaborative Consumption

Via FastCompany.

Imagine other people paying you to use your things when you don’t need them. That’s the genius of collaborative consumption.

New Report on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Benefits of Recycling and Composting

The West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum recently released
a new report titled, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through
Recycling and Composting
.  Using EPA’s WARM calculator, the report
identifies four priority material types that offer significant emissions
reduction potential: carpet, core recyclables, dimensional lumber, and
food scraps.  The report also highlights additional benefits of
recycling and composting the priority materials, including job creation,
economic development, and reduced land and marine pollution.

An associated Climate Change and Materials Toolkit was also released to
help state and local governments map out how to incorporate material
conservation into their climate strategies, given that the material
sector accounts for approximately 42% of all domestic GHG emissions.

The Toolkit includes:

  • New approaches to GHG inventories that quantify impacts from materials
  • Model Climate Action Plans that include materials conservation
  • Innovative policies that can reduce material consumption and increase
  • recycling and composting
  • Example ordinances, standards, and policies to drive GHG reductions
  • through materials management

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