The universe ultimately runs on an energy economy, not a market economy as the dominant economic ideology claims. Ecological damage is tied to energy use of any kind in our peculiar type of economy where the operating rules of the system require maximization of profits at any cost.
About a year ago, Rural Development, Inc. (RDI) completed construction of the 20-home project “Wisdom Way Solar Village” in Greenfield, MA. The project is a mix of affordable and market-rate homes, and it was RDI’s latest effort in approaching “zero energy” homes.
A new study published in the journal Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board estimates total automobile air emission costs in 86 US metropolitan areas to be US$145 million/day, with Los Angeles, California, and New York City (each US$23 million per day) having the highest totals.
Govenor Andrew Cuomo signed a law creating a new legal category of company in New York late Monday night: a Benefit Corporation. The companies that incorporate under the new law must prove they have social and environmental impact.
Every company has a different approach to sustainability. Paul Hohnen dissects a range of business response strategies (RT @futerra: If fashion is #sustainability strategy, what is your company wearing?
The VP of IBM’s Smarter Buildings Initiative talks to SmartPlanet about what he thinks will be the top 5 building trends to make our cities smar (5 predictions for smarter buildings in 2012 http://t.co/Dh1eNpn1...)...
The current global food system is highly fuel- and transport-dependent. Fuels will almost certainly become less affordable in the near and medium term, making the current, highly fuel-dependent agricultural production system less secure and food less affordable. It is therefore necessary to promote food self-sufficiency and reduce the need for fuel inputs to the food system at all levels.
At La Bellotta energy independent farm in Italy, New Holland Agriculture's new zero emissions hydrogen fuel cell NH2 tractor will prove itself next year, as one of the first alternative fuel farm tractors.
Renewables are now the fastest-growing sector of the energy mix and offer great potential to address issues of energy security and sustainability, but their rapid deployment is also bringing a host of challenges.
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