How GIS helps the Navy reduce its energy consumption

Read the full story at the SmartBlog on Leadership. Like many organizations, the Navy decided to reduce its energy consumption in an effort to cut costs and become more environmentally-friendly, but unlike many organizations, that feat for the Navy involved looking at its facilities all the way from a global perspective down to a local …

‘Green electricity roof’ could provide power, water storage and insulation

Read the full story at Environmental Research Web. A significant part of the electricity needed for buildings could be generated using plant-covered roofs within a few years, thanks to research carried out at Wageningen University of the Netherlands. Similarly, fields of crops such as rice could help produce electricity without the requirement to choose between …

The 4 biggest barriers to corporate sustainability

Read the full story at GreenBiz. [Editor's note: This is the first installment of WRI's five-part series, "Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability." Each post, which will run on Thursdays for the next four weeks, will offer solutions for businesses to better integrate environmental sustainability into their everyday operations.] Implementing corporate environmental sustainability strategies is increasingly …

Seeking Simple Sustainability Strategies? Try the Electronics Challenge for Librarians

Sign up for this introductory webinar to find out how the State Electronics Challenge can help your organization meet its sustainability and stewardship goals. The Challenge offers a simple, straightforward approach to greening your organization’s office equipment. The State Electronics Challenge helps public agencies, schools, colleges and universities implement sustainability and stewardship in their operations. …

Resilient design: the foundation of climate adaption

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries. For those working in the field of sustainability, we understand inherently that our future is being challenged daily by climate change and environmental degradation. Every new broken temperature record, raging forest fire, or violent storm mock our efforts to mitigate the severe effects of our rapidly changing world. …

Walgreens plans first net-zero retail store in U.S.

Read the full story at SmartPlanet. Retail stores, like Walgreens, brand themselves as one-stop shops for all your needs. Now, a new Walgreens store will also have all the energy-making technology to meet its energy needs. The plan is for the new store to produce more energy than it consumes, making it a net-zero energy …

Indianapolis Aims to Have 1st All-Green Fleet

Read the full story in Governing. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is trying to accomplish something that hasn’t been done before in a major city: He’s trying to convert the city’s entire vehicle fleet to run on alternative fuels, and he wants to do it by 2025. Greening a city’s fleet is by no means a …