Energy

March 8, 2009, 7am PDT
The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that mirrors efforts in cities across the state and nation to reduce the use of plastic bags or charge for their use.
Dallas Morning News
March 7, 2009, 1pm PST
A study released last week by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, concluded that green standards were not financially feasible for Class A office buildings. Not so, experts say.
CoStar Group News
March 6, 2009, 12pm PST
Atlantic City's convention center features the largest solar panel array in the United States.
CNN
March 5, 2009, 6am PST
This piece from <em>Construction Week</em> looks at the environmentally-conscious Xeritown proposed in Dubai and the methods it will take to conserve and create energy.
Construction Week
March 4, 2009, 9am PST
A new study shows that green buildings are far more expensive than they are made out to be, and that it may take longer than advertised for energy savings to cancel out costs.
The New York Times
March 3, 2009, 1pm PST
New projects in North Carolina and Ontario take an old idea of district heating to new levels using solar.
The Wall St. Journal
March 2, 2009, 1pm PST
The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced the 33 finalists in its Buckminster Fuller Challenge. All contest entries are featured on their website, ranging from an 'Urban Space Station' to an idea for 'making energy from dirt'.
The Buckminster Fuller Institute
February 27, 2009, 12pm PST
A mapping project has laid out a blueprint for the location of new green energy sites in British Columbia. Officials are hoping it will help guide the province towards more sustainable growth, but others worry it will encourage sprawl.
The Tyee
February 27, 2009, 9am PST
Sightline's Clark Williams-Derry looks at low gas prices, a down economy, and vehicle-miles-traveled, noting that the precipitous declines in VMT have halted, and suspects it may plateau.
WorldChanging
February 26, 2009, 6am PST
New legislation is expected to seek greater federal control over the siting of electrical transmission lines, a move lawmakers hope will ease the creation of a "smart" electricity grid.
Grist
February 25, 2009, 8am PST
California's Central Valley is one of the top agricultural sites in the world, but with low rainfall and cut-off irrigation supplies, farming towns and their citizens may face at least one tough year ahead.
The New York Times
February 25, 2009, 7am PST
Masdar City, the elaborate and ambitious planned green development in Abu Dhabi, is slowing coming into shape. This piece from <em>Technology Review</em> looks at how the city's development could inform the future of citybuilding.
Technology Review
February 25, 2009, 5am PST
New green building projects aimed at low-income residents are popping up across the country, and federal stimulus money is helping.
Time
February 24, 2009, 9am PST
In his first foreign trip, President Obama will meet with Canadian PM Harper to discuss, amongst other topics, the environmental impact of mining Alberta's oil sands.
The Washington Post
February 23, 2009, 2pm PST
Catherine Tumber writes in defense of the small city, long neglected in policy and revitalization, but poised to be an excellent resource for sustainable living.
Boston Review
February 20, 2009, 1pm PST
In Rohnert Park, CA, developers are turning a former industrial site into a green community that is almost completely energy independent. But can a project like this fit into an auto-oriented suburb?
WorldChanging
February 20, 2009, 8am PST
Morris Architects seems to think so, taking first prize in a contest for hospitality design with their proposal to turn Gulf of Mexico drilling platforms into vacation destinations.
Curbed LA
February 20, 2009, 7am PST
Leaders in Arlington, Texas, near Dallas, are studying how to reduce pollution generated by idling cars at drive-thru windows.
NBC DFW
February 18, 2009, 2pm PST
The Wall St. Journal reviews the latest in smart technology for infrastructure, from vehicle infrastructure integration to smart utility meters.
Wall St. Journal
February 18, 2009, 7am PST
NASA's James Hansen takes his global warming message to England, telling them in no uncertain terms that they must stop their reliance on coal-derived electricity. He dismisses 'clean coal' and even 'carbon caps' if coal plants continue to operate.
The Observer