Category: Sustainability

July 12, 2011 • Current Events, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability

Google invests in residential solar projects

by Rich Wilson

For a few years now, clean energy and sustainable business practices have been driving large-scale efforts inside companies of all sizes. Whether the end goal was cheap energy, response to impending government regulation or even a little positive media exposure, evidence of the new green corporate landscape is everywhere. The green movement is gaining a substantial amount of momentum with little evidence of slowing down, due to large-scale implementation of energy efficiency projects. I recently stumbled on an article that discussed how Google has invested $280 million through a partnership with SolarCity, a California-based solar design and installation company. continue

June 28, 2011 • Sustainability

Turning waste into energy

by Katie Schultz

Recently, I passed a Waste Management truck with the following message advertised on its side: “The waste we collect helps power over one million homes.” I hastily scribbled a note to myself as a reminder to research Waste Management and find out exactly how they are involved in energy management. continue

June 27, 2011 • Electricity, Energy Efficiency, Energy Innovation, Natural Gas, Perspectives, Sustainability

Look who’s talking: Experts on the speaking circuit

by AmyHiggs

June has been a whirlwind of activity at Summit, and I’ve had trouble keeping up with everything going on. (Not that this is different than any other month, but I digress.) In the midst of all the standard nuttiness were some speaking gigs by Summit folks who are pretty well known as experts in their fields. continue

June 2, 2011 • Current Events, Energy Efficiency, Energy Innovation, Perspectives, Sustainability

Speeding up

by Eric Bickel

In California, interest in high-speed rail systems is gathering speed. The push toward high-speed rail systems that largely replicate those in Europe has created quite a debate in the political world, as well as the blogosphere (both against high speed rail and for it). continue

May 13, 2011 • Current Events, Sustainability

Royal Footprints

by Katie Schultz

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton brought out the romantic in me, and I waited in eager anticipation to see the big moments unfold on my TV screen. It was exciting to see the wedding dress, to hear the vows, and to watch as a country closed down to honor the nuptials of its new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

I was just as surprised as anyone to see Prince William and his bride come driving out of the gates of Buckingham Palace in his father’s 1969 Aston Martin DB6. What brought me out of my teary-eyed stupor was the mention of how “green” that vintage blue car actually was. continue

April 14, 2011 • Energy Innovation, Perspectives, Sustainability

Bill Gates and BipBop

by Jackie Cobb

Last night, I was browsing one of my favorite websites, TED.com (if you haven’t been there, go now…run), and I stumbled upon a talk by Bill Gates about innovation in energy.  While the 30-minute speech was filled with all sorts of interesting and inspiring nuggets, there was one line that stuck with me: “If you could pick just one thing to lower the price of–to lower poverty–by far you would pick energy.” continue

April 13, 2011 • Sustainability

Go Big Red, er, Green!

by Sarah McKee

WKU Office of Sustainability

WKU is home, not only to my college years, but also to the Hilltoppers, the red towel and the big blob mascot known as Big Red.  Red is the most common color found on “the hill,” the term students and alumni lovingly use to refer to the steepest climb you’ll ever face at 7:30 in the morning.  Now, Western Kentucky University is adding another color to its palette: green! continue

April 4, 2011 • Current Events, Energy Generation, Sustainability

33% By 2020

by Brandon Dickerson

Several years ago, I was having what I considered to be a friendly conversation with a stranger about cap and trade legislation. Apparently, my self-monitor was slightly off that morning, because when I made a light-hearted joke, I was quickly put into my place and told how serious the issue was. I kindly apologized and exited the conversation as quickly as possible. However, I began thinking about the public perception and fear that comes with renewable legislation at the state and federal level. continue

March 10, 2011 • Electricity, Sustainability, Travel & Leisure

From Radios to iPods

by Katie Schultz

While I was researching my topic for last month’s blog—the electrification of rural America—I stumbled across some related topics that caught my attention. Specifically, how did the mass electrification of the U.S. influence our music? continue

March 9, 2011 • Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, Travel & Leisure

Energy Efficiency and the Cradle of Golf

by Roger Durham

As an avid golfer, I have a keen appreciation for a well-maintained golf course. It is not much fun to play a course with patchy fairways, bumpy greens, or sand traps that are like concrete. You want a course to reward good shots, punish

The Cradle of Golf

bad shots, and allow the skill of the golfer, not the condition of the course, to determine the outcome of a match. It is imperative that those in charge of maintaining courses, especially for private clubs, do everything they can to keep them healthy and well groomed. Cutting corners is not encouraged or rewarded. Greenkeepers who like their jobs understand that. So, when I conducted an Internet search for energy-related articles that have anything to do with golf, I was not expecting much. My assumption was that energy efficiency, energy conservation, and sustainability strategies, are relative strangers to the vernacular of golf course maintenance. continue

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