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Dreaming the Future: How Zero Net Energy Design Can Transform the School Environment

By Reilly Loveland [Editor’s note: Reilly Loveland will be a presenter at a half-day Pre-Summit workshop on Zero Net Energy school retrofits on November 27, at the 2017 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena, California. This session is open to all attendees at no cost. Details here.] While still nascent, the Zero Read more about Dreaming the Future: How Zero Net Energy Design Can Transform the School Environment[…]

Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

Joan A. Casey, University of California, Berkeley Peter James, Harvard Medical School Rachel Morello-Frosch, University of California, Berkeley Most Americans think of cities as noisy places – but some parts of U.S. cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and proportions of black, Hispanic and Asian residents have higher noise levels Read more about Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities[…]

Open Building: Creating Resilient, Adaptive Learning Environments

A conversation with Stephen Kendall (left) and John Dale Stephen Kendall, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Architecture for Ball State University. He has taught architectural design and urban design studios, and courses in building technology and design theory at all levels of professional curricula in several universities in the US, as well as in Taiwan, Italy, Indonesia, South Africa, Read more about Open Building: Creating Resilient, Adaptive Learning Environments[…]

As nuclear power plants close, states need to bet big on energy storage

By Eric Daniel Fournier, University of California, Los Angeles and Alex Ricklefs, University of California, Los Angeles Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) recently started the process of shutting down the Diablo Canyon generation facility, the last active nuclear power plant in California. The power plant, located near Avila Beach on the central Californian coast, consists of Read more about As nuclear power plants close, states need to bet big on energy storage[…]

One way to promote green infrastructure in your city

By Thomas Fisher, University of Minnesota and Madeline Goldkamp, University of Minnesota Natural assets – “green infrastructure” – can provide communities with invaluable ecosystem services that clean our air, filter our water, mitigate natural disasters and improve our quality of life. The Trump administration has called for a major investment in infrastructure. That includes systems that Read more about One way to promote green infrastructure in your city[…]

Cities need more than air conditioning to get through heat waves

By Nicholas Rajkovich, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York In May of this year, a hot spell broiled Boston. In June, extreme temperatures grounded Phoenix’s planes. Last week, Seattle suffered under record temperatures. When a heat wave is forecast, the standard advice is to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and wear Read more about Cities need more than air conditioning to get through heat waves[…]

Why power companies should be investing now in carbon-free electricity

By Jennifer Morris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years – 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much Read more about Why power companies should be investing now in carbon-free electricity[…]

Red team-blue team? Debating climate science should not be a cage match

Richard B. Rood, University of Michigan Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has called for a “red team-blue team” review to challenge the science behind climate change. “The American people deserve an honest, open, transparent discussion about this supposed threat to this country,” he said on a radio show, adding he hoped Read more about Red team-blue team? Debating climate science should not be a cage match[…]