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U.S. energy efficiency forecasts for 2014 indicate increased conservation in both commercial and residential markets

U.S. Energy Efficiency Forecasts for 2014

Efficiency will have an even greater impact on both residential and industrial energy consumption this year compared to 2013. This is driven by policy at the federal, state and municipal levels. Net-positive energy buildings is another trend expected to grow in 2014. Other specific initiatives that will define energy efficiency in 2014 relate to financing, data usage, operational savings, and…

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An Uptick in US Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Utilities Use More Coal

Natural gas prices coming off their lows prompted utilities to burn more coal, which in turn led to the first increase in U.S. carbon emissions in three years. Longer term, US greenhouse gas emissions are 10% or more below 2005 levels, a downward trend the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts will continue.

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Top U.S. Green Economy Trends and Predictions for 2014

While the overall outlook is good, there is a mixed bag of trends, predictions and problems that will directly impact sustainability, renewable energy, greenbuilding and cleantech in 2014. Sustainability The year to come may prove a challenging one for sustainability. According to an Ecova report, the growth of sustainability in 2014¬†will be complicated by increased energy and resource prices. The…

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California's first year of its cap-and-trade program is a success

2013 A Promising Start for California’s Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program

The value of carbon emissions allowances on California’s pioneering Cap-and-Trade Program totaled over $1 billion in its first full year of operations and brought in close to half-a-billion in revenues for the state treasury.

Cities offer the best opportunities for sustainability and resilience in the 21st century.

Will Our Cities Save Us? Municipalities at the Nexus of Change

Editor’s note: The following post is adapted from several previous posts published in GWIR over the past year about how cities are often the best examples of furthering sustainable development, resilience and adaptation in a climate-changed world. This post has been entered in the Masdar Engage blogging contest¬†for the upcoming Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week — At the national and international…

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The environmental achievements of 2013 show that we can act as good stewards of the planet

Roundup of U.S. Environmental Achievements in 2013

In 2013, concerned people, organizations and companies in the U.S. and around the world helped move environmental causes forward. From new legislation to the protection of habitats and ecosystems, here is a sampling of U.S. environmental achievements in 2013. Environmental success stories A new study showed that a solid majority of Americans accept the reality of global warming and are…

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Mosaic Solar"s "Put Solar On It" campaign had pledges coming in from across the U.S.

Gifts That Keep On Giving: Pledges to Mosaic’s “Put Solar On It”

2013 was another record-setting year for solar energy in the U.S., and Mosaic’s looking to keep the momentum going through 2014. The keystone of its 2014 New Year’s Resolution campaign, pledges to Mosaic’s campaign to put solar PV systems on U.S,. homes, schools, hospitals and businesses are coming in from across the country.