Energy Efficiency

July 18, 2014, 2pm PDT
Energy is the key to the economy, so it should be used wisely. A new report shows that the United States performs very poorly in making the most of its resources.
The Wall Street Journal
May 12, 2014, 5am PDT
A bi-partisan Senate bill to dramatically reduce carbon emissions by increasing energy efficiency got caught-up in Keystone XL pipeline politics, while President Barak Obama pursued his own energy efficiency agenda at a Walmart in Mtn. View, Calif.
NPR
October 15, 2013, 10am PDT
In case you haven't noticed, California is big into alternative energy. Just how big? $1.6 billion was spent last year and $15 billion over the last decade as education and public services fought for scraps. The spending is attracting new scrutiny.
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2013, 9am PDT
Perkins + Will, the architecture firm behind a new residence hall at Bridgewater State University, have attached an unusual provision to their green design: no mini-fridges or personal microwaves allowed.
Treehugger
August 23, 2013, 6am PDT
A Chicago-based community development financial institution (CDFI) and efficiency group help apartment building owners tame high utility costs, preserve affordable housing, and cut global warming emissions.
WBEZ FM Chicago
June 20, 2013, 5am PDT
Felicity Barringer looks at an innovative program being tested in Seattle to incentivize commercial property owners to undertake major energy efficiency retrofits. A partnership between skeptical building owners, investors, and utilities is key.
The New York Times
March 25, 2013, 9am PDT
With booming shale oil production in North Dakota and Texas and possibly Canada's vast oil sands, there is talk of energy independence as the U.S. reduces its oil imports. But why not be less dependent on oil - domestic or imported?
The New York Times - Sunday Review
March 1, 2013, 9am PST
In last month's State of the Union address, President Obama described his desire to increasing the efficiency of homes and businesses throughout the country. Philadelphia is already ahead of the game, reports Laurie Actman.
GreenBiz.com
February 13, 2013, 11am PST
In an address heavy on President Obama's domestic agenda for the first year of his second term, issues of importance to planners and urbanists got plenty of play, including: the environment, energy, infrastructure, and the economy.
The Washington Post
November 14, 2012, 11am PST
Confirming an earlier Dept. of Energy report, the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook indicates not only that U.S. oil production will surpass Saudi Arabia's by 2020, but that it will be a net exporter by 2030 - thanks to fracking.
Bloomberg News
April 18, 2012, 2pm PDT
Emily Badger looks at how a simple idea in energy retrofitting can be tailored to work for the largely untapped market of small to mid-size commercial properties.
The Atlantic Cities
March 23, 2012, 10am PDT
Andrew Michler gives an overview of a brand new social networking platform that could reshape how we evaluate and compare buildings.
Inhabitat
March 3, 2012, 5am PST
In an interview with the British inventor James Dyson, Ben Schiller discusses the future of engineering and design in America and the fallacies behind much "green" design.
Fast Company
January 26, 2012, 2pm PST
Sarah Laskow reports on a new study from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that confirms and quantifies the adage that reuse of a historic building is more sustainable than LEED certified new construction.
Good
January 26, 2012, 11am PST
John McIlwain explores the market for energy efficient housing, and finds growth across the country.
The Atlantic Cities
January 14, 2012, 7am PST
In his new book, The Conundrum, David Owen pierces the magical thinking that has repackaged high-end luxury goods, such as hybrid cars, as virtuous and the idea that we can consume our way out of trouble.
Txchnologist.com
December 22, 2011, 11am PST
New details and a visualization from Cornell University's winning proposal to create a "game-changing" applied sciences and technology campus on New York's Roosevelt Island.
BetaBeat
December 21, 2011, 8am PST
As utilities and energy companies move towards distributed power, building owners, businesses, and developers are seeing the possibilities.
The Planning Report
November 2, 2011, 9am PDT
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai has one of the world's largest condensate recovery systems that diverts and reuses water from air conditioning. One World Trade Center in New York will use 30% less water and 20% less energy.
The Infrastructurist
November 1, 2011, 11am PDT
As the world population reaches 7 billion some U.S. builders are working on smaller, compact homes.
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