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Unburnable Fuels: Removing Reserves From The Balance Sheet (2013)
By Micha Tomkiewicz

Several recent reports suggest that markets are now overlooking the risk of ‘unburnable carbon.’ The share prices of oil, gas and coal companies depend in part on their reserves. The more fossil fuels a firm has underground, the more valuable its shares. But what if some of those reserves can never be dug up and burned? More…

What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons from Nature (Spring 2002)
By Tachi Kiuchi and Bill Shireman

In the rainforest, nature uses feedback to "close the loop." In the face of limits, feedback triggers adaptations that lessen or make an end-run around physical constraints. In business, companies like Coors use feedback to "close the loop," triggering innovations that lead to new products, processes, businesses, and profits.

Wind Power Capacity Jumps Almost One-Third In 2001 (Spring 2002)
By Lester R. Brown

Preliminary data show world wind electric generating capacity climbing from 17,800 megawatts in 2000 to an estimated 23,300 megawatts in 2001 - a dramatic one-year gain of 5,500 megawatts or 31 percent. As generating costs continue to fall and as public concern about climate change escalates, the world is fast turning to wind for its electricity.

Oil: More Costly Than You Think (Spring 2000)
By Lauren Poole

Every time gas prices rise, there is a public outcry to reduce the cost of oil. What most Americans donít realize, however, is that they have been paying a very high price for oil - but only a fraction at the gas pump - for years.

Restructuring the Global Economy (Winter 2000)
By Lester R. Brown

There has been more growth in world population since 1950 than during the preceding four million years -- from when we first stood upright. I donít think we have yet grasped the dimensions of the consequences of the sort of population growth that we are experiencing.

Internet & E-Commerce Have Major Enviro Benefits (Winter 2000)
By the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions

The emerging New Economy created by the Internet is producing more than just a business revolution: It is also generating enormous environmental benefits. By reducing the amount of energy and materials consumed by business - often dramatically - and increasing overall productivity, the Internet stands to revolutionize the relation between economic growth and the environment.

Making A Living While Making A Difference (Fall 1999)
By Melissa Everett

You are walking down to the corner cafe at dusk to buy a local newspaper, and you notice: how pleasant it is to have a corner cafe and to be near it, rather than in traffic, as the sun sets; how reassuring it is to feel safe strolling in your own neighborhood, since you remember years when the streets were less welcoming.

Wind Power Surges Ahead (Summer 1999)

Installations of new wind projects and repowering of old ones should total more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) in the U.S. during the year that ended June 30, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says, amounting to investment of more than $1 billion. 1,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity generates enough electricity in a year to meet the needs of 250,000 average American households..

Economy Grows, Global Warming Gases Donít (Summer 1999)

Energy-related carbon emissions by the United States remained flat in 1998 despite four percent economic growth. According to newly available data from the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy, this was the first year since 1991 that U.S. carbon emissions did not rise.

Myths Impede Energy Savings (Spring 1999)

Four common energy myths cost homeowners, businesses and public agencies millions of dollars each year in utility costs. "These myths arose in 1940s and 1950s when energy was cheap and technologies were inefficient," said Utah Office of Energy Services Information Specialist Denise Beaudoin.

Wind Energy Surges Forward (Winter 1999)

The largest wind turbines in the U.S. and North America -- reaching as high as 370 feet with rotors more than 216 feet in diameter -- are part of a surge in wind power's growth across the U.S.

Fight Global Warming: Create Jobs & Benefit Economy (Fall 1998)

"The Kyoto Protocol does not need to be a job killer and a drain on the U.S. economy, as the Global Climate Coalition and other critics of the Kyoto Protocol have claimed," according to Howard Geller, Executive Director of the ACEEE.

Living Beyond Our Means (2013)
By Dennis Church

The idea that we humans may be growing beyond – or overshooting – the capacity of the natural resources we depend upon to sustain us has a long history. It has proven premature when previously asserted, but now appears increasingly realistic. More…

Wind Power: The Missing Link In The Bush Energy Plan (Winter 2002)
By Lester R. Brown

The eagerly awaited Bush energy plan released on May 17, 2001, disappointed many people because it largely overlooked the potential contribution of raising energy efficiency. It also overlooked the enormous potential of wind power, which is likely to add more to U.S. generating capacity over the next 20 years than coal.

Calling The US' Bluff On Kyoto (Summer 2001)
By Christopher Flavin

President Bush has breathed new life into the global effort to combat climate change. In Europe, shock has turned to anger over Bush's hasty rejection of the Kyoto protocol. His rejection has also fostered a new determination to bring the protocol into force - without the US if necessary.

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed (Spring 2001)
By Dave Wann

It's like going into a room and forgetting what you came for, except in this case it's the whole culture, forgetting. We forget to ask, "What's an economy for?" En route to a brand new American millennium, we got detoured. Price tags and bar codes began to coat the surfaces of our lives, as every single activity became a transaction. Eating, entertainment, socializing, health, even religion - all became marketable commodities.

The Color Asphalt (Summer 2000)
By Hartmut Gerdes

I trust you are as pleased as I am to hear about the "hybrid" electric-gas powered smart car. In the future, weíll likely have cars powered by fuel cells. Hybrids produce far less environmentally or atmospherically damaging exhaust, and fuel cell powered cars will produce almost none.

Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanityís Future (Summer 2000)
By Duane Elgin

How grown up do you think humanity is? When you look at human behavior around the world and then imagine our species as one individual, how old would that person be? A toddler? A teenager? A young adult? An elder?

Preparing to Live in the Next Millennium (Spring 2000)
By Denis Hayes

We tend to think of eras with great leadership as eras that have great challenges, and that different people if placed in different circumstances might have moved from mediocrity to greatness.

Environmental Stewardship Vs. Economic Devel. (Winter 2000)
By Walter McGuire

In the long term, the economy and the environment are inextricably linked. Today's economy depends heavily on the availability and cost of resources. Yet, we have built an economy that values resource consumption rather than stewardship.

Petroleum: Once Blessing, Now Curse (Winter 2000)
By Rod Diridon

Henry Ford's dream of mobility has had a staggering impact. The Nation has been provided mobility, jobs, exports, and an auto-worship that carries us physically and mentally from puberty to the grave.

Earth Day Clean Energy Agenda (Summer 1999)
By the Earth Day Network

As we approach the 21st century, Earth Day Network is launching a global campaign to bring about a swift transition to clean, renewable energy sources and a giant leap forward in energy efficiency.

Energy Tax Incentives Overwhelmingly Popular (Summer 1999)
By Edward Osann, ACEEE

What do GenX-ers and Seniors, Blacks and Whites, Southerners and Westerners, Republicans and Democrats, and city dwellers and rural residents all have in common? Based on the latest poll results, they all overwhelmingly support the encouragement of energy efficiency and renewable energy through tax incentives.

Does Congress Get It??? (Spring 1999)
By The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient-Economy (ACEEE) supports the Administration's request for energy efficiency R&D and deployment programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) in FY 2000 as well as the proposed tax incentives for purchasing extra-efficient new vehicles, equipment, and homes.

Doubling Co-Generation A Productive Idea (Spring 1999)
By The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) applauds the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its new commitment to double the use of combined heat and power (CHP) systems in commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings throughout the United States by 2010.

Utilities Shouldn't Abandon Programs (Spring 1999)
By The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

"Too many electric utilities are abandoning programs to help their consumers save energy and save money," said Howard Geller, Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Commenting on a new study, Geller called for actions to reverse the slide in investment in energy-saving programs and technologies.

Will History Repeat Itself (Winter 1999)
By The Alliance To Save Energy

Without further development of energy-efficiency technologies and products, the United States will miss an opportunity to increase its energy productivity and to give itself a cushion should events take an unexpected turn just as they did 25 years ago.

New Auto Fuel Economy Standards Needed (Winter 1999)
By The American Council For An Energy-Efficient Economy

Actions by the OPEC cartel and the resulting oil price shocks of 1973 and 1979 threw our economy into recession, costing millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of lost economic growth. We are headed for another oil price shock and more economic hardship if we don't reverse current trends.

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (2009)
By Lester Brown

In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. More…

Building An Economy for the Earth (Spring 2002)
Cleaner Energy, Greener Profits (Spring 2002)
Carpoolworld.com For Carpool Matching (Spring 2002)

Sustainable Building: Green By Design (Winter 2002)
"Distributed Energy" Task Force News (Winter 2002)
New Cars Ranked for Environmental Impact (Winter 2002)

EnergyPlus Software Available (Summer 2001)
The "20% Solution" (Summer 2001)
Sustainable Practices Newsletter (Summer 2001)

Biodiesel Website Launched (Spring 2001)
Gardens in the Sky (Spring 2001)
Whole Systems Green Building Guide Online (Spring 2001)

One-Stop Colorado Energy Shop (Winter 2001)
Sustainable Building: Green By Design (Winter 2001)
Leadership On Climate Change (Winter 2001)
Cars Ranked By Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Winter 2001)

One Click Green Lobbying (Fall 2000)
Photovoltaic Purchasing Guide Online (Fall 2000)
The "Pattern Language" Of A Conservation Economy (Fall 2000)

GoingSolar Goes Online (Spring 2000)
"Distributed Energy" Task Force News (Spring 2000)

Get Connected: Sign Up For Energy Connections (Spring 2000)
Smash Your Stereotypes Here (Spring 2000)
The Solar Collector Goes Online (Spring 2000)
New Report Details Energy & Water Savings (Spring 2000)

Fuel Economy Guide 2000 (Winter 2000)
Clean Energy for the 21st Century (Winter 2000)

Green Building Successes Catalogued (Fall 1999)

New Energy Site for Kids (Summer 1999)

Fluorescent Fixtures That Fit (Spring 1999)
Energy Star Office Equipment (Spring 1999)
Green Design Book Reviews (Spring 1999)
Mitigation Of Heat Islands (Spring 1999)

Federal Government Energy Waste (Winter 1999)
Guide To Resource Efficiency In Public Buildings (Winter 1999)

New CD-ROMs Educate About Insulation, Energy (Fall 1998)
New Book: The Importance Of Renewable Energy (Fall 1998)
Renewable Energy Benefits Illustrated (Fall 1998)

News Feeds & Summaries (2014)

Includes news feeds from the Environmental News Service and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Also links to the complete News & Events archive. More…

Urban Heat Island Summit (Spring 2002)
International Battery Recycling Congress (Spring 2002)
Americans Say Helping Environment Creates Jobs (Spring 2002)
The Cars In Our Future (Spring 2002)
Renewable Technologies for Sustainable Development (Spring 2002)

Hot Nights, Summer In The City (Winter 2002)
Wind Energy Potential Dramatically Underscored (Winter 2002)
Barriers To Decentralized Power Production (Winter 2002)
Gas Guzzlers Drive Off With Billions (Winter 2002)

Institute Launched To Help Build Eco-Economy (Summer 2001)
Science Speaks, Bush Wants More Studies (Summer 2001)
Americans Lean Toward Conservation (Summer 2001)
California Commits To Conservation (Summer 2001)
Solar Decathletes To Compete (Summer 2001)
The Big Apple Moves In New Ways (Summer 2001)
Windy City To Buy More Green Power (Summer 2001)

Workshop on Pollution Prevention for Sustainable Cities (Spring 2001)
Wind Energy Can Help California (Spring 2001)
Photovoltaic Systems Standard (Spring 2001)
Fuel Economy Progress Erased (Spring 2001)

Efficient Appliances Would Slow Climate Change (Winter 2001)
Industrial Energy Savings Opportunities (Winter 2001)

Corporate Heavyweights Back Green Power (Fall 2000)
Gas Guzzlers Drive Off With Billions (Fall 2000)
Photovoltaic Shipments Take Off (Fall 2000)
State & Local "Shining" Successes (Fall 2000)

Barriers To Decentralized Power Production (Summer 2000)
Photovoltaic Design Competition (Summer 2000)
Seattle Fights Global Warming (Summer 2000)
Toyota Buys Green Power (Summer 2000)
Building for Peak Performance (Summer 2000)
Clean Power Surge (Summer 2000)

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Resist Disasters (Spring 2000)
Housing Awards Applications Solicited (Spring 2000)
Building for Peak Performance (Spring 2000)
Architectural Design Awards Competition (Spring 2000)

TVA To Test Green Power Appeal (Winter 2000)
Green Power Accreditation Initiative Launched (Winter 2000)
Photovoltaic Cell Converts One Third Of Sunlight (Winter 2000)
L.A. Airports Announce Shift To Green Power (Winter 2000)
Wind Energy Potential Dramatically Underscored (Winter 2000)
New Project Aims To Cut Fuel Cell Cost By Half (Winter 2000)
Insurance Industry Can Save With Solar (Winter 2000)
California Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (Winter 2000)
Be Part Of Greenprints 2000 (Winter 2000)
Global Warming Conference & Expo (Winter 2000)

Clean Government Should Put Money Where Mouth Is (Fall 1999)
New Wind Power Goals Established (Fall 1999)
USCM Launches New Conservation Initiative (Fall 1999)
Global Warming Policies: An Economic Engine (Fall 1999)
First American Green Dream House Underway (Fall 1999)

Green Power for a Green LA (Summer 1999)
Feds To Walk The Talk (Summer 1999)
Energy Efficient Community Breaks Ground (Summer 1999)
Fourth Biomass Conference of the Americas (Summer 1999)
Energy '99 (Summer 1999)

Energy Efficiency Rewards Homeowners (Spring 1999)
Uniform Home Energy Ratings Pursued (Spring 1999)
Exterior Insulation Finish System Workshop (Spring 1999)
EnergyValue Housing Awards (Spring 1999)
Market Your Building With An "Energy Star" (Spring 1999)

U.S. Photovoltaic Use Up Twelve Years In A Row (Winter 1999)
Saving Energy To Educate Kids (Winter 1999)
Santa Monica To Purchase Green Power (Winter 1999)

ABAG Announces Power Matters '98 Conference (Fall 1998)

Resources For Promoting Sustainability (2014)

Includes resources for conference and campus activity planners, for authors and environmental journalists, for educators, for nonprofit leaders and organizations, and for political leaders and green advocates. More…

New York Energy Incentives Offered (Spring 2002)
Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (Spring 2002)
Solar Energy & Distributed Generation Grants (Spring 2002)
"NICE3" Grants Available (Spring 2002)

Energy-Efficient Mortgage Info (Winter 2002)
Loans for Energy Saving Projects (Winter 2002)

Renewable Energy Grants In Illinois (Summer 2001)
Low Interest Loans For Oregon (Summer 2001)

Grants from the Energy Foundation (Spring 2001)
Loans for Energy Saving Projects (Spring 2001)
Air Quality & Global Warming Grants (Spring 2001)
Incentives for Zero Emission Vehicles (Spring 2001)
Renewable Energy Loans in Idaho (Spring 2001)

Energy Grants & Loans In Iowa (Winter 2001)

Renewable Energy Project Software (Summer 2000)
LA To Put The Sun In "Sunshine City" (Summer 2000)
Maryland Creates Model Incentives (Summer 2000)
Energy-Efficient Mortgage Info (Summer 2000)
Web-Based Distance Learning: Lights 2000 (Summer 2000)

Help In Identifying Renewable Energy Opportunities (Spring 2000)
Funding for Landfill Methane Projects (Spring 2000)

Preservation Pilot Grants Available (Winter 2000)
PVWatts: Photovoltaic Performance Calculator (Winter 2000)
Biomass Energy Funding Available (Winter 2000)
Cash Rebates For Renewables In California (Winter 2000)

Green Energy Education Resources (Fall 1999)
Turning Brownfields To Brightfields (Fall 1999)
Financing Programs Promoting Sustainability (Fall 1999)
Oregon Small-Scale Energy Loan Program (Fall 1999)
Energy Efficiency Can Yield A Positive Cash Flow (Fall 1999)

Energy-Efficiency Funding For Public Power (Summer 1999)
NICE3 Grant Opportunity (Summer 1999)
Energy Foundation Grants (Summer 1999)
One-Stop Energy Funding Info (Summer 1999)
Program Helps Schools Save Energy & Money (Summer 1999)
Calculate Energy Uses In Your Home (Summer 1999)

Renewable Energy Assistance Database Online (Spring 1999)
QuikChill: EPA's Newest Software Tool (Spring 1999)

Clean Cities Program Seeking New Members (Winter 1999)
Load Data For Commercial And Residential Markets (Winter 1999)
New Directory Profiles Energy Service Companies (Winter 1999)
State And Local Electric Restructuring Coalition (Winter 1999)
Business Energy Checkup Online (Winter 1999)
Energy University Online (Winter 1999)

New Search Engine For Energy (Fall 1998)
Talk About A Bridge To The 21st Century (Fall 1998)
Renewable Energy For Communities (Fall 1998)
Home Energy Checkup Online (Fall 1998)
California Renewable Electricity Providers Listing (Fall 1998)

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