bigEE is an international initiative of research institutes for technical and policy advice and public agencies in the field of energy and climate, co-ordinated by the Wuppertal Institute (Germany). Its aim is to develop the international web-based knowledge platform bigee.net for energy efficiency in buildings, building-related technologies, and appliances in the world’s main climatic zones.
Over the past decade, efforts in environmental stewardship have increased exponentially. Now being green, clean, and using renewable and sustainable energy sources are ways of life. More and more organizations are bending to the demands for efficient and unpolluted products, leading to a surge in green technologies and sustainable farming techniques. Such awareness and effort is truly commendable and has sparked impressive energy projects all over the world: one of the most recent being David Green’s Ecoisland project on Britain’s Isle of Wight. Within the past year, the Ecoisland project has become world-renowned due to its goal to make the small island a self-sufficient haven of renewable energy by 2020. Such prowess and devotion to environmental health is truly a praiseworthy cause that deserves applause and recognition.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar) on Sept. 12 released a report naming the companies using solar in their facilities in the U.S., ranked by cumulative solar energy capacity.
The Top 20 (in terms of on-site solar capacity deployed) are: Walmart, Costco, Kohl’s Department Stores, IKEA, Macy’s, McGraw-Hill, Johnson & Johnson, Staples, Inc., Campbell’s Soup, Walgreens, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Toys ‘R’ Us, General Motors, FedEx, White Rose Foods, Dow Jones, Snyder’s of Hanover, ProLogis, Hartz Mountain Industries, and Crayola. See the full report at: www.seia.org/SolarTop20.
Today [Aug 20] the Department of Energy launched their Did You Know? advertizing campaign on bus handles island-wide to inform and educate residents about energy use. The ads, designed by DCI and produced by Impact Media, will run for three months and seek to inform bus takers about how much money they could potentially save by using more efficient appliances, as well as where to look for more advice and information on energy efficiency and conservation.
In our previous article we have introduced the term and idea of Community Renewable Energy, CRE, when we introduced the concept of Renewable Green Energy Community, RGEC. It was mentioned that one of the characteristics of a RGEC is that it has a Community Renewable Energy infrastructure to cover the needs of the community to an as much great extend as possible.
This website aims to explain what the German Energy Transition is, how it works, and what challenges lay ahead. It is intended to provide facts and explain the politics and policies to an international audience.
Chicago has a great new program to help residents join the city in reducing stormwater pollution cleaning the air, cooling “heat islands,” and improving public health. It’s called Sustainable Backyards, and the genius of it is that it’s educational, participatory, and effective at the same time. Basically, the city provides financial assistance in the form of rebates that reimburse citizens for up to 50 percent of the cost of installing trees, native plants, compost bins, and/or rain barrels. There are reasonable limits based on the value of the ecosystem services provided by each product: you can get a rebate for up to $100 for planting a tree, for example, or up to $40 for installing a rain barrel.
The majority of companies use only a small amount of renewable energy. Nearly 30 percent of companies in the CREX use less than 5 percent renewable energy.
However, the 2011 index shows an emerging group of 35 companies that source all their electricity from renewables, at the other extreme. These companies, which includes retailer Kohl’s, financial firm Ernst & Young UK and technology company Adobe Systems, tend to buy purchase renewable energy certificates and tend to be in consumer-facing sectors such as financials, consumer services and consumer goods.
The 'Engage' campaign echoes the message sent out by the more than 3,000 mayors to national leaders. Organisers are convinced that “people want to know what they can do to save energy and we need to explain to them why they need to store waste in a different box,” said Frank.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) announced on Monday that Stoughton has been selected to participate in MAPC’s new Local Energy Action Program (LEAP).
Through LEAP, which is funded with support from the Barr Foundation, MAPC will be working with Marlborough, Medford, Medway, Stoughton, and the towns served by the Reading Municipal Light Department – Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading, and Wilmington – to plan for long-range energy efficiency and renewable energy work.
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