Energy Consumption

According to the AIA’s third-annual progress report on its 2030 Commitment, the number of firms signing on to the environmental program is up. At the same time, the proportion of firms reporting progress toward their goal is underwhelming.
Oct 27, 2013   Ecobuilding Pulse
Moira Quinn takes a look at Charlotte, North Carolina, where businesses and local government have teamed up to keep office buildings green as the central business district grows.
Apr 20, 2012   Urban Land
In a long read published in <em>Places</em>, Austin Troy delves into the complicated nexus between the need to increase water resources and decrease energy use, which are both exacerbated by, and exacerbate, climate change.
Jan 29, 2012   Places
Australia's first term prime minister Julia Gillard announced a carbon tax that will charge $23 per metric ton. Though Australia is one of the world's top carbon polluters, the program will start next year, reports Sarah Laskow, GOOD Magazine.
Jul 13, 2011   GOOD Magazine
Edward Glaeser adds "large-scale metropolitan farming" to a list -- which also includes historic preservation -- of barriers to densifying urban development patterns. His argument is that the latter is the greener of the two.
Jun 21, 2011   Boston Globe
A new study estimates there are at least 500 million off-street parking spaces in the U.S. This represents 0.5% to 12% of estimated lifecycle energy consumption and greenhouse emissions, and 24% to 81% other air pollutants.
Dec 13, 2010   Knoxville News Sentinel
In a new working paper called “The Greenness of China: Household Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Urban Development,” Siqi Zheng, Rui Wang, Edward L. Glaeser, and Matthew E. Kahn rank 74 Chinese cities in terms of their household carbon footprints.
Jan 11, 2010   NYTimes
The City of Austin is set to take in a record amount of solar power to advance towards a goal of deriving 30% of local energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Feb 2, 2009   Austin American-Statesman
American businesses and consumers are changing their habits and finding ways to save energy.
Aug 13, 2008   Wall St. Journal
<p>Rock Port, Missouri, population 1300, has become the first community in the country with more wind power that it can use.</p>
Aug 4, 2008   National Public Radio
<p>Small changes in British Victorian homes yield big changes in energy consumption, and help debunk the stereotype that 'green equals ugly' where architecture is concerned.</p>
Jul 23, 2008   The New York Times