Does sustainability need to cheer up?

Read the full story at GreenBiz. In their latest book, “Flourishing: A Frank Conversation About Sustainability,” John Ehrenfeld and Andrew Hoffman explore a definition of sustainability as “the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.” They ask an important but mostly overlooked question: What is it that we’re trying to sustain …

ACEEE International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool

Download the tool. The ACEEE International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool is an analytic tool that helps users develop a high-level snapshot of the overall energy efficiency of a nation, state, or province. The tool is based on the 2012 ACEEE International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which analyzed and ranked 12 of the world’s largest economies on their …

Research shows where trash accumulates in the deep sea

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. Surprisingly large amounts of discarded trash end up in the ocean. Plastic bags, aluminum cans, and fishing debris not only clutter our beaches, but accumulate in open-ocean areas such as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Now, a paper by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) …

Bigger Cities Don’t Always Equate to Energy Savings

Read the full story from Boise State University. New research by visiting Boise State University professor of economics Michail Fragkias could help shape how major cities are built and managed in the coming decades. More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities, and an additional 3-5 billion more are headed that way by …