DOE invests in energy efficiency for small buildings

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Most efforts to upgrade buildings have focused on big ones so far, but now the Department of Energy (DOE) is turning to small ones, too. Schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants and grocery stores will benefit. Those make up 90 percent of our commercial buildings and consume 20 percent of …

Planetary “runaway greenhouse” more easily triggered, research shows

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria, B.C., published July 28 in the journal Nature Geoscience. In the runaway greenhouse …

Will Green Button open energy data markets in other countries?

Read the full story in GreenBiz. What could generate a standing-room-only crowd in an upscale hotel in Menlo Park? It was an event earlier this month focused on the Green Button initiative. The agenda offered the opportunity to hear from Nick Sinai, deputy chief technology officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology …

NOAA-supported scientists find large Gulf dead zone, but smaller than predicted

Read the full story from NOAA. NOAA-supported scientists found a large Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free or hypoxic “dead” zone, but not as large as had been predicted. Measuring 5,840 square miles, an area the size of Connecticut, the 2013 Gulf dead zone indicates nutrients from the Mississippi River watershed are continuing to affect the nation’s …

4 rules to drive innovation: A guide for business leaders

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Based on two decades of the world's best academic and industry research, this guide answers the question: How can companies innovate to become financially, environmentally and socially sustainable? Some organizations define innovation as new technologies and processes that don't exist anywhere else. This research, however, asserts that innovation can …

Chicago wants large-building owners to disclose energy consumption

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune. Owners of large buildings would be required to publicly disclose how much energy their buildings use and how they measure up against their peers under a proposed city ordinance. The goal is to cut energy use in half of Chicago buildings by 30 percent by 2020. But …