10/07/2013 - Indiana’s Monroe County government keeps getting leaner and greener with little fanfare.
Early last year, the county – home to Bloomington and Indiana University – made headlines when it received a grant to create one of the largest solar panel systems in the state. Now it is a little more than a year into what county officials say is one of the most comprehensive energy plans in government. read more>>>
October 08, 2013 - Environmentalists, utility companies and energy experts had different takes on a draft report released last month on increasing Michigan's renewable energy portfolio standard.
The 90-page report concluded there are no technical problems to increasing the standard to as much as 30 percent of electricity production in the state by 2035 from the 10 percent standard that is on schedule to be met by 2015.
A final report will be released Nov. 4. read more>>>
October 6, 2013 - The International Panel on Climate Change just issued a report updating our understanding of climate change. Unfortunately, we in Virginia don't need an international report to know nature is on the move.
We're seeing ample evidence of change, with sea level rise and increased flooding, more intense rainfall - even fire ants showing up and overwintering here. read more>>>
10/06/13 - Studio39 Landscape Architecture just teamed up with students at the Solar Institute at George Washington University to install the world’s first solar panel walking path! The students and designers installed a total of 27 durable photovoltaic panels to create a street level Solar Walk that generates roughly 400 watt-peaks of electricity.
Onyx Solar, a building integrated photovoltaics specialist from Spain, designed the semi-translucent panels, which look like smoked acrylic sheets. The walkable solar panels are integrated as a small section of the public sidewalk that sits flush with the surrounding cement. The Solar Walk spans a short distance between the Exploration and Innovation Halls at the intersection of George Washington Boulevard and University Drive. read more>>>
10/03/13 - One of the big downsides of solar power is how dependent it is on local weather conditions. If it’s rainy or overcast, you can’t harvest much energy during the day. During winter, the shortened hours of daylight mean solar panels won’t be soaking up much sunlight. In an effort to address these kinds of seasonal and weather variations, Japan is developing an innovative new system for collecting solar energy from space.
The solar stations would consist of geostationary satellites sitting 36,000 km above the Earth, which would transmit collected energy back down to the planet in the form of laser beams or microwaves. Right now, the Japanese government and their space agency, JAXA, aren’t completely sure of the best way to transmit this energy over long distances, so they’re conducting ground-based experiments to learn more. read more>>>
October 3, 2013 - China for years has welcomed the world's trash, creating a roaring business in recycling and livelihoods for tens of thousands. Now authorities are clamping down on an industry that has helped the rich West dispose of its waste but also added to the degradation of China's environment.
The Chinese campaign is aimed at enforcing standards for waste imports after Beijing decided too many were unusable or even dangerous and would end up in its landfills. Under the crackdown dubbed Green Fence, China has rejected hundreds of containers of waste it said were contaminated or that improperly mixed different types of scrap. read more>>>
October 3, 2013 - Unlike other solar-powered electrical plants, the new Solana Generating Station keeps the sun's energy working after dark to produce electricity for APS customers across Arizona.
Unlike other solar-powered electrical plants, the new Solana Generating Station keeps the sun's energy working after dark to produce electricity for APS customers across Arizona. The three-square-mile facility near Gila Bend, Ariz., uses concentrated solar power (CSP) technology and thermal energy storage to capture the sun's heat to generate clean, renewable electricity. (Photo: Business Wire)
Solana represents an important technological advance in solar energy production compared to the more-common photovoltaic technology, which needs direct sunlight in order to produce electricity. read more>>>
27 September 2013 - The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and UNESCO have organised an international initiative on "Renewable energies in the service of humanity: the current challenges and prospects by 2030 and 2050".
The event, organised under the High Patronage of François Hollande, President of the French Republic, will be held 3 October 2013, at CNRS, with an anniversary ceremony organised at UNESCO House from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
It will review the development of renewable energies as well as the prospects and futures opportunities to meet the global challenges. read more>>>
9th October, 2013 - The Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Physical Development has organized today in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) a national consultation workshop with the participation of a wide range of stakeholders that included policy makers, civil society organizations, and international entities.
This workshop came as part of UNDP’s efforts to facilitate policy dialogue on issues of national strategic significance and as part of UNDP’s contribution to follow activities from the Rio+20 Conference. read more>>>
October 06, 2013 - Both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) were created with the same goal in mind: to encourage more sustainability and resource conservation in architecture, design, construction and building operations. LEED, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is well-known in architecture, building and design circles as the standard for certifying the green attributes of new and retrofitted structures (and even entire neighborhoods).
Developers can reference LEED’s 110-point rating system to inform choices regarding design, technology, siting, landscaping and other elements of building or renovation processes. read more>>>