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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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NY Governor Launches $17B Plan to Enhance Resiliency to Extreme Weather

Devastated by nine federally declared emergencies in just three years since he took office, Governor Cuomo unveiled details of a far reaching plan dubbed “Reimagining New York for a New Reality.”

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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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First Map of World E-Waste Highlights Staggering Extent of Growing Problem

Amid surging demand for smartphones, tablets and other CE devices, worldwide volumes of electronic,, or e-waste are expected to a surge 33% higher by 2017. Producing the world’s first world e-waste map as well as a domestic and transboundary study of e-waste, the Solving the E-Waste Problem Initiative also has some recommendations to address what’s quickly grown to an urgent environmental and health problem in regions around the world.

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Infographic: Rare Earth Elements and Sustainable Technology

Rare earth elements consist of a group of seventeen chemical elements grouped together on the periodic table. Since 1950 demand for these elements has exploded as a key component of the technology the drives our modern society. From cell phones, TV and computer displays, and fuel cells to critical defense applications, these elements make possible contemporary life. While not necessarily…

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