NC House bill may limit state LEED projects

Read the full story in the Charlotte Business Journal. Two North Carolina lawmakers have introduced state legislation that would restrict the use of national green building rating programs on public projects. House Bill 628 would insert new language in a section of state law that calls for energy- and water-use standards for major public facility …

Cutting Specific Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise

Read the full story from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow down sea level rise this century. The research team found that reductions in four pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily …

Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Awards Nominations – NOW OPEN

ACEEE has announced that nominations for the Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Awards are now open and may be submitted online. The awards will be presented at the 2013 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry and will recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners will be selected based on …

The hidden energy costs in the wireless cloud

Read the full story at Smart Planet. In recent years environmental groups like Greenpeace have campaigned major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft to clean up the cloud by focusing on using renewable energy to power data centers that house the servers that store much of our digital information. But a new white paper …

Joel Makower talks to Bill McDonough about ‘The Upcycle’

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Read an excerpt of McDonough's new book here. This week marks the publication of The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. It’s their first book since their 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a bestseller that helped …

Working towards national sustainability using a regional approach

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Editor's note: If you're interested in this topic or want to learn more, check out the program for our upcoming VERGE Boston event on May 13-14. Mark "Puck" Mykleby, a colonel who retired from the Marine Corps in 2011, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation working …