Category: climate action plan

January 19, 2011 • Energy Efficiency, Perspectives, Sustainability

If 2 is a party, but 3 is a crowd, what is 7 billion?!

by Sara Hoefkens

A new study by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB)  shows that in 2011 the entire world population will hit 7 billion people, assuming that 2.6 new babies are entering our world every second. Twelve  years ago we hit 6 billion people, and 24 years ago we hit  5 billion people. And … fasten your seat belts because the PRB predicts that the entire world population will double itself by 2050!

Reflecting on this enormous boom in world population, a team of experts has prophesied how this possibly could impact – for good or bad – Earth’s energy sources in the next 25 years. Providing sufficient energy to allow everyone to lead decent lives will be an enormous challenge whilst returning to a world that relies on human and animal muscle power is not an option. continue

December 1, 2010 • Current Events, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability

Honey, Where Is My Cap And Trade?

by Rich Wilson

Ahhh, bipartisanship. The inner workings of our beloved government can strike feelings of frustration, confusion and an overall sense of general disorder in the typical layman. Many would associate the shift in power and control in Congress with the sometimes violent childhood game of Red Rover. The verbal swipes between parties seem even more similar to “clotheslining” the kid down the street. Well, at least to me.

Take the friendly topic of “cap and trade,” which began innocently enough as a program to curb pollutants. The overall goal was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large producers by 17% by 2020. Sounds great, right? Well supporters of a cap-and-trade system believe it will be positive both economically continue

November 9, 2010 • Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings, Sustainability

Energy efficiency, smart buildings & city-wide collaboration

by Hannah Miller

Next time you visit the Windy City, you may walk into a building that not only knows to dim the lights when people aren’t around, but also knows when the city as a whole is using too much power and the AC should be turned down – and then gets paid for it.

It has become clear that companies large and small alike can’t afford not to know their energy consumption, spend or greenhouse gas emissions. And once they know it, they can’t afford to leave it unmanaged, following the whim of the weather or the market. Energy management is a fact not only of corporate life, but also of city life. Recently New York City installed real-time wireless water meters in 834,000 homes in the city to better know and track the water usage in the city. ComEd in Chicago hosted a competition for some of Chicago’s suburbs to see which neighborhood could reduce their power consumption by the greatest amount, with 34.9 million kilowatt hours saved throughout the yearlong competition across nine areas in the city. continue

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