By Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Columbia University
Earth Institute. Posted by GreenBiz
Today, organizations throughout the globe are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint, minimize climate and environmental risk, enhance resiliency and incorporate sustainability into their operations. The problem is they do not know how to do it. Companies, governments and nonprofits are recognizing they need to take these actions, but their expertise lies in their own core functions, not in developing sustainability plans and assessing operational risk within this context. To have meaningful change on sustainability, corporations, nonprofits and governments must bring it into the regular fabric of organizational life. In the long run, we should not need a “sustainability office;” every office should become a sustainability office. Read more here.
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Report Examines ‘Rural Perspectives’ On Iowa Renewable Energy, North American Windpower The Center for Rural Affairs has released “Powering Iowa: Rural Perspectives on Iowa’s Renewable Energy Transformation.”
Study: Coal job losses to keep hurting Appalachia, beyond, Knoxville News
The five-part study, “An Economic Analysis of the Appalachian Coal Industry Ecosystem,” notes that coal production in Appalachia fell nearly 45 percent between 2005 and 2015, more than double the rate of the national decline during the same period . . . “in keeping with our commitment to generate safer, cleaner energy, we’re beginning to retire older, less efficient coal-fired plants and replacing them with low- or zero-emission electricity sources” – Statement on the website of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest coal user in Knoxville, quoted in the article.
Wind And Solar News
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- New York City Investing in Solar Power, NYC Inquirer
- Mexico’s Solar Market Opens to Foreign Investors, Greentech Media
Specialist firms are helping overcome barriers to investment, particularly in distributed PV.
- The Energy Solution Latin America Needs, New York Times Guest Opinion
- When Nothing Else Makes Sense, Renewables Do, Modern Diplomacy
- No grid access, no problem: Here’s why the future is solar, Eco-Business
Eco-Business partnerships director Thomas Tang explores the potential of off-grid solar power to address energy poverty in the developing world—and how the sector can overcome barriers to its growth.
- Wind Energy Is An Engine For Job Creation Across The US, Clean Technica
- Vast American offshore wind market now emerging, Renewable Energy World Magazine
- Vast US market for offshore wind comes into focus, American Wind Energy Association
Energy Storage News
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Last year, the number of solar+storage permits granted by Honolulu city and county increased to 731, a startling increase from the 40 the city granted in 2016.
- Ariz. regulator unveils ambitious storage, zero-carbon plan, American Public Power Association
- Arizona’s 3GW energy storage target, ‘Clean Peak plan’ part of a ‘wake up call’ to other states, Energy Storage
- Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedom to invest, Energy Storage
- Jigar Shah: On green money and the freedome to invest, Part 2, Energy Storage