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What is the Green New Deal?

Recent protests by the Sunrise Movement have taken the Green New Deal from forgotten policy to trending hashtag.The Green New Deal aims to move the U.S. to 100% renewable energy within a decade.Proponents also hope to catalyze a top-down restructuring of the U.S. economy and advance social justice issues. None In October of last year, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report, titled 'Global Warming of 1.5°C'. The report's authors believed that human...
Tags: Politics, Resources, Activism, Obama, Democracy, Government, Senate, White House, Politico, Environment, US, Economics, Sustainability, Policy, Harvard, Atlantic


Why we’re putting 1.6 million solar panels in Tennessee and Alabama

Hundreds of engineers, electricians and construction workers are building two new, energy-efficient Google data center campuses in the Southeastern U.S.—one in Tennessee and another in northern Alabama. And we’re not stopping there—we’re also putting more carbon-free energy on the electric grid that will power our servers in the region. In the coming years, Google will purchase the output of several new solar farms as part of a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), totaling 413 megawat...
Tags: Google, Alabama, Sustainability, Tennessee, TVA, Tennessee Valley, NextEra Energy Resources, Tennessee Valley Authority TVA, Google Cloud, Hollywood Alabama, Data Centers and Infrastructure, Yum Yum Tennessee, Alabama TVA


Carbon-neutral Costa Rica by 2021

Costa Rica is showing the world what a committed climate policy actually looks like. The country wants to be the first to go completely single-use plastic– and carbon-free, hoping to reach that goal as early as 2021. And so far, it’s doing pretty well. It’s already started by banning all single-use plastics in 2017 and has launched a national campaign to replace these plastics for biodegradable or water-soluble alternatives, or products made of renewable materials. Strides toward carbon neut...
Tags: Travel, Climate Change, Sustainability, Costa Rica, All, Alvarado, Carbon Neutral, Carlos Alvarado, Plastic-free


How the finance industry can save the world

For millennia, the finance industry has been a primary culprit in global warming. Now it's time for finance to right its wrongs and provide the solution.It's easy to read about the current and future state of our climate and have a fit of despair. For years, the scientific consensus was that we'd be fine if temperatures increased from pre-industrial levels by less than 2°C. But the UN's recent global warming report revises the threshold, showing that a 1.5°C increase will have catastrophic effec...
Tags: Money, Climate Change, Finance, Environment, US, Unilever, Economics, Sustainability, Innovation, Un, GlaxoSmithKline, Oxford University, Jones, Trump, Myles Allen, Williamson


The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future

Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should aspire.More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. Yet with the global economy already in gross ecological overshoot, and a world population heading for more than 11 billion, this way of living is neither fair nor sustainable. To live within our environmental means, the richest nations will need to embrace a planned process of economic “degrowth"....
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Economics, Sustainability, Society, Capitalism, Innovation, Brendan Gleeson, Consumerism, Suburbia, James Kunstler, Ronald Inglehart, Retrosuburbia, Samuel Alexander Research


Vans Sets the Industry Standard in Sustainability for their World Cup of Surfing

From a Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii partnership to less public efforts at keeping beaches clean Walking along the Kaʻena Point Trail along the northwestern most point of Oahu is a beautiful sight—so long as you don’t look down. For when you do, you’ll find nearly endless stretches of bottle caps, disposable razors, toothbrushes and various shards of other plastics. Seeing the overwhelming and seemingly ordered fashion …
Tags: Design, Environment, Shoes, Sustainability, Nature, Culture, Hawaii, Surfing, Oahu, Industry Standard, Vans, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Vans Triple Crown, World Cup of Surfing, Kaʻena Point Trail


The Key to Sustainable Performance

As an organization, as a leader, sustainable performance is key to build and maintain an excellent organization. Sustainable performance means coworkers do excellent work without falling into the traps of burnout or workaholism. Sustainable performance means your organization efficiently and effectively provides quality products and services, is blessed with low absenteeism and low staff-turnover. All of this is good for the bottom line. Sustainable Performance and Engagement So, how do you pr...
Tags: Leadership, Sustainability, Employee Development, Communication Skills, Organizational Performance, Transformational Leadership, Stepped decision-making, Strategic Feedback, Schaufeli


A new geological epoch demands a new politics

Young people have become increasingly vocal in castigating older generations for their failure to act on climate change. University students are at the forefront of campaigns to divest from fossil fuels. A group of 21 young Americans launched a high-profile court case against the US government to pursue a legal right to a stable climate. And the School Strike for Climate initiative launched by fifteen-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg has attracted worldwide attention.At the UN climate cha...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Politics, Featured, Climate Change, US, Sustainability, Earth, University, Anthropocene, Un, Biodiversity, Social Justice, Geography, Social Sciences, Global Politics


Can the London Underground go carbon neutral?

Last year the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced plans to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. A London Assembly measure in December called for that to be brought forward to 2030. Either way, the London authorities are setting themselves ambitious decarbonisation plans, including the roll-out of low emissions vehicles, a 2 gigawatt solar […]
Tags: Feature, London, Future, Sustainability, Transport, Sadiq Khan, London Assembly


Japan finds a huge cache of scarce rare-earth minerals

Enough rare earth minerals have been found off Japan to last centuries Rare earths are important materials for green technology, as well as medicine and manufacturing Where would we be without all of our rare-earth magnets? Rare earth elements are a set of 17 metals that are integral to our modern lifestyle and efforts to produce ever-greener technologies . The "rare" designation is a bit of a misnomer: It's not that they're not plentiful, but rather that they're found in small concentrations,...
Tags: Japan, Medicine, China, Cars, Sustainability, Materials, Mining, Innovation, Manufacturing, Natural Resources, U S Department, Minamitori Island, Rare Earth Technology Alliance


Cities working toward sustainability

As deep concerns over climate change continue to grow, it’s more important than ever to take action to curb the effects of global warming for our planet and the lives it sustains. A United Nations climate change report issued in October warned that if we don’t take drastic measures against global warming, our planet could see some devastating effects as early as 2030, including more intense heat waves, rising sea levels, and extreme droughts. To prevent this from happening, carbon dioxide em...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Boston, Environment, US, Sustainability, Bloomberg, Atlantic, Hawaii, United Nations, Denmark, Copenhagen, Seattle, Boston Public Library, Oslo


Your home could be lit by jellyfish in the future

Imagine a future lit by bioluminescent LEDs that not only use fewer of Earth's resources to manufacture, but also improve your mood by mimicking the sun throughout the day.It could be closer than you think, according to Dr Rubén Costa, a young scientist who believes we're on the brink of a bio and nanotechnology revolution that could close the gap between nature and the man-made environment."What we need to do is build a bridge between these materials that we know and understand, and technologie...
Tags: Energy, UK, Science, Technology, Biology, US, Sustainability, Innovation, Electricity, Costa, Don, Nakamura, Osamu Shimomura, Shuji Nakamura, Martin Chalfie, Rubén Costa


Best of CH 2018: Most Popular

From sustainable living to tech upgrades and enduring motorcycle brands, our most-read articles this year Like each year in COOL HUNTING’s history, 2018 offered an immensely varied collection of content—from Escher wallpaper to hydroponic vertical gardens, Apple Watch upgrades, sustainable architecture and beyond. With this in mind, it’s always fascinating to explore our analytics at the end of the year and find what resonated most with …
Tags: Coffee, Auto, Gardening, Design, Interviews, NYC, Environment, Cars, Sustainability, Architecture, Driving, Wineries, Escher, Silver Oak, Distilleries, Best of 2018


Book review: Sustainability, a history, by Jeremy L Caradonna

Sustainability is a popular buzzword. It’s used in so many contexts and with so many slightly different agendas that it borders on meaningless some of the time. There are environmental thinkers who argue that we should scrap it altogether, and talk about restorative or regenerative approaches instead. How did we get to this point? Where […]
Tags: Books, Future, Sustainability, Jeremy L Caradonna


Organic farming is 'much worse' for the climate than conventional food production, researchers say

A report from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, found that organic food production leads to higher carbon emissions. This includes livestock as well as vegetables, as organic farming requires no fertilizer usage. Certain types of organic foods are less impactful than others, the researchers note. None History has not been kind to Earl Butz. From 1971–76, the Indiana native served as secretary of agriculture, reengineering several New Deal-era farm programs. One of his most famous state...
Tags: Health, Sweden, Climate Change, Animals, Sustainability, Indiana, Fish, Conservation, Innovation, Derek, Michael Pollan, Butz, Chalmers University of Technology, Joel Salatin, Earl Butz, Biosphere


An update to the world’s most important graph

Here’s a graph that I’ve reported several times. It’s taken from the Living Planet Report, and it shows the earth’s biocapacity and our current over-consumption. Here’s the 2018 update: As the graph shows, humanity’s total draw on the earth’s resources went into overshoot decades ago. Anything above the dotted green line is over-consumption, and going […]
Tags: Future, Sustainability


Together California’s Sustainable, Ziggy Stardust Collaboration

Working toward a more ethical fashion industry thanks to better practices and spreading awareness It goes without saying: David Bowie meant a lot of things to countless people all over the world. For husband-and-wife design team Benedict Barrett and Lily Chehrazi of Together California, Bowie inspired an opportunity to encourage change—an opportunity to alter people’s consciousness and impact the way people approach fashion. In  collaboration with …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, California, Clothing, Sustainability, David Bowie, Biodegradable, Amex, Art Basel, Colette, Collaborations, Ziggy Stardust, Sarah Andelman, Together California, Benedict Barrett


Together California and Sarah Andelman’s Sustainable, Ziggy Stardust Collaboration

Working toward a more ethical fashion industry thanks to better practices and spreading awareness It goes without saying: David Bowie meant a lot of things to countless people all over the world. For husband-and-wife design team Benedict Barrett and Lily Chehrazi of Together California, Bowie inspired an opportunity to encourage change—an opportunity to alter people’s consciousness and impact the way people approach fashion. In  collaboration with …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, California, Clothing, Sustainability, David Bowie, Biodegradable, Amex, Art Basel, Colette, Collaborations, Ziggy Stardust, Sarah Andelman, Together California, Benedict Barrett


Want to help fight climate change? Try going 'flexitarian.'

Results from recent research suggest we have roughly 12 years to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. If we can't, then the amount of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere will have compounding feedback loops that progressively warm the planet up further.One of the biggest culprits in warming the planet is the production of beef and sheep meat.Anybody could help prevent climate change by consuming less beef and sheep, or by cutting them out entirely. None Isn't it nice when complica...
Tags: Weather, Maryland, Climate Change, Environment, America, Sustainability, Cnn, Pollution, Innovation, Ikea, Atkins, University of Oxford, Insects, Caribbean, Michael Pollan, Marco Springmann


Sustainable Travel in the Jungles of Ecuador

Most of the jungle lodges in Central America and South America claim to be running a sustainable travel operation, but how you define that word can make a huge difference in how valid those claims are. Have they eliminated plastic? Are they powered in a way that doesn't use any fossil fuels? Do they compost waste? Do they grow some of their own food? Are the employees locals who are getting training? Although each of these elements is admirable on its own, there are a lot of individual parts t...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Sustainability, Ecology, South America, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Central America, Green travel, Travel Industry, Yasuni National Park, Awesome View, Travel Life, Jungle Lodge, Ecuador Travel, Don


FICO Eataly World in Bologna is a Gastronomic Celebration

Bologna Italy, the center of the country and its capital of gastronomy has a new attraction for foodies, the FICO Eataly World, on 2.5 acres of land.
Tags: Travel, Cooking, Europe, Sustainability, Italy, Bologna, Destinations, Vegetarian, Bologna Italy, Gastronomy


Are “Green” Building Designations and Certifications Truly Necessary?

Originally posted 2012-11-19 09:18:52. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As anyone who reads this construction blog on a regular basis knows, I believe that the move to newer sustainable building practices (while bringing about a new or different set of potential risks) is both necessary and laudable.  Because of this fact, you may be asking why the headline for today’s post.  After all, I am a LEED AP and assisted in the drafting of the LEED/Green Building addendum to the ConsensusDOCS so I must b...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sustainability, Green Building, Energy Star, Construction, Richmond VA, LEED, USGBC, US Green Building Council, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Sustainable Architecture, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, ConsensusDOCS


How the Moon’s ice craters will power a human colony

NASA's Michelle Thaller walks us through what it will take to sustain human life on the surface of the moon. One way would be to run a very strong electrical current through water, separating it into hydrogen and oxygen. It's a process that's not dissimilar to how the International Space Station currently gets its oxygen. There's already ice on the moon thanks to millions of years of asteroid colisions. All we have to do is harvest it.
Tags: Space, Life, Sustainability, Nasa, Moon, Innovation, Planets, Molecular Biology, Michelle Thaller


The journey toward a circular economy: From Muir Beach to data centers

Editor’s note: This article is a condensed version of Kate’s talk at TEDWomen on November 29, 2018. I grew up in Muir Beach, California and spent my childhood exploring its beautiful trails through the forest and tide pools at the beach. During my time in this coastal ecosystem, I learned something: The animals, plants and microbes that make up what we call nature are the consummate engineers of the world.They represent billions of years of research and development that has created a circular...
Tags: Google, Australia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Sustainability, Kate, Muir Beach California, Katowice Poland, Muir Beach, Google Data, Pentagon the White House, Microsoft Amazon Facebook Baidu


Test Drive: 2019 Audi e-tron

Why it matters that their first production electric vehicle looks and feels like the car you're used to driving The idea that the near-future will be radically different from the present might be false. Yes, we’ll see progress and innovation, however broad acceptance of new technologies only really occurs when they’re delivered in a familiar format, and only when these semi-cloaked new technologies are widely …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Tech, Sustainability, Electric Vehicles, Driving, Mobility, Abu Dhabi, Audi, e-Tron, Test Drives, Audi E-tron


Whale earwax reveals 146 years of humanity’s impact

It's just been discovered that whale earwax contains a record of a whale's sub-lethal stressors.It's generally agreed that cortisol is a reliable indicator of a mammal's response to stress. We now have a detailed 146-year impact study of human activity on whales. Baleen whales (Mysticeti) have been subjected to human interference for a long time. The 14-member set , which includes humpbacks, minke whales and blue whales, has dealt with being hunted, increased boat traffic and fishing, noise, ...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Sustainability, Oceans, Innovation, Anthropocene, Baylor University, Marine Biology, Nature Communications, Trumble, Stephen Trumble, National Geographic Being


Sustainable Design Can Help Your Small Business and Improve the Environment

Smart businesses know that people, especially millennials and Gen Z, are increasingly concerned about the environment. In fact, a 2017 peer-reviewed study in the Lancet revealed that pollution continues to be a major global health concern. In response to this global trend, businesses are adopting environmentally-friendly strategies when they design products, product packaging, and when marketing their business. Environmentally-friendly strategies not only help the environment but can also help ...
Tags: Apple, Web Design, Small Business, Sales, America, Sustainable Business, Sustainability, MacBook Air, Greenpeace, Nielsen, Puma, Green Technology, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Dieter Rams, Packaging Design


Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out

Brooks Rainwater Contributor Share on Twitter Brooks Rainwater is the director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. More posts by this contributor As tasks wane, skills rise Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities Scott Andes Contributor Share on Twitter ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Column, Business, Texas, Technology, Boston, New York City, Brown University, US, America, Sustainability, Economy, Austin, United States, Washington Dc


Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views. None Want more things to blame for the ever-growing political divide in the United States? A new study pins cars and dangerous urban planning as a duo of socially divisive culprits that drive right-wing populism.You might not think of urban planning as something ha...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, Cars, Toronto, Sustainability, Society, History, Canada, United States, Innovation, Urban Planning, North America, Public Spaces, University of Waterloo, Fillion, Filion


Car culture and suburbs grow right-wing populism, claims study

Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views. None Want more things to blame for the ever-growing political divide in the United States? A new study pins cars and dangerous urban planning as a duo of socially divisive culprits that drive right-wing populism.You might not think of urban planning as something ha...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, Cars, Toronto, Sustainability, Society, History, Canada, United States, Innovation, Urban Planning, North America, Public Spaces, University of Waterloo, Fillion, Filion