There are two general methods by which governments can reduce greenhouse gas emissions: by putting a price on carbon (via a carbon tax or cap-and-trade), or by mandating higher efficiency standards. With cap-and-trade legislation deadlocked in Congress, the federal government has been moving to reduce personal GHG’s through higher efficiency standards.
Calling designers, architects, artists, makers, coders, activists — lift your city UP! Do you see the public realm as a canvas? Do you have a design or technology project that could transform the way people experience the city? Bring your projects to life at San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping (UP) Festival – you’ll get a materials stipend, a downtown street exhibition, and a chance to change cities forever through your work.
The Energy Department’s new video series, “Energy in Our Community,” features small communities throughout the country that are striving to become more sustainable, are investing in the green economy, and are bringing the benefits of clean energy to local residents and workers. Iowa’s Luther College is becoming a model for its community in Decorah, Iowa, on reducing energy waste and by deploying clean, renewable energy projects campus-wide.
Troy, Michigan couldn’t afford to sustain its library, so it scheduled a vote for a tax increase. A strong anti-tax group waged a dominating campaign against it. The library supporters in a last bid attempt approached a media agency for help on the vote. The agency used an innovative “reverse psychology” campaign to help the town understand the importance of the library.
Even though the Rio+20 Conference has been deemed a failure in the media the last few days it should be mentioned that some positive changes are happening. United Nations just announced on the conference this Thursday that more than $50 Million of new renewable energy investments from the private sector have been made.
It’s time we gave solar energy a level playing field.
Today, nationwide retailer LUSH Cosmetics, in partnership with 350.org is making a powerful statement against the Keystone XL project.
LUSH will convert 80 of its US shops into polling stations and urges its customers to say NO to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of the company’s campaign to halt further expansion of Canada’s tar sands. LUSH believes that Americans should have a say in their energy future and are utilizing their shops, website and brave staff to give everyday people a chance to do so.
Following the City Council’s 7-1 vote in favor, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed SB2511, a bill banning plastic bags in retail stores yesterday across Honolulu County, which comprises the island of Oahu and Hawaii’s capitol city of Honolulu. What makes the bill’s passage extra significant is that Hawaii’s other counties had previously banned plastic bags, meaning that Hawaii has just officially enacted the first full statewide ban on plastic bags in the nation.
We should be growing our own food! All of us should; as a society why did we stop? Our agricultural construct is a problem everyone refuses to acknowledge because we like bananas in Colorado or we want oranges in the winter. We don’t think about the fact that those tropical fruits came from…well, the tropics. Importing and exporting and transporting food is expensive, especially because it’s something we need daily and always.
want to share a video with you that’s very special to me and everyone who worked on it because it marks the beginning of an incredible journey. This is the first teaser we put together for Holy Terror; before gas drilling was even an issue in the North Fork Valley. We fell in love with an inspirational tale on a breathtakingly beautiful farm in the Rockies: