How will decisions change with increased variable, renewable energy (VRE)?

VRE will make it more important to electrify everything, even if, in some contexts (like building heating and cooling), it might mean a short-term reduction in energy efficiency. The more water heaters and electric vehicles are connected to the grid, providing storage and controllable demand, the more stable a high-VRE grid will be. Ancillary services” for the grid include things like …

Reduced consumption means more compact homes, closer together, with less driving and more sharing and repairing

Consumption emissions from goods, food, and services are huge — and politically explosive.By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jul 1, 2019, 11:30am EDTSHARE What greenhouse gas emissions are you responsible for? That question is not as easy to answer as it might appear. Say you drive to the store, buy a soda, and drive home. Your car (unless you have an electric vehicle) spewed a …

How Do Green Buildings Attract, Engage, & Retain Talent?

July 3rd, 2019 by The Beam  For many in the investment industry, the term ‘green’ has long been synonymous with money —  that is until recently. In today’s lexicon, ‘green’ has also become synonymous with environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Photo: Bentall Kennedy The dual interpretations of the word green need not be understood as mutually exclusive, though. Business leaders today are …

July 2, 2019 That’s 0.0082677165 inches for Americans, and really thin in either unit. One of the great advantages of Passivhaus design is that they don’t require much heating, in even the coldest of climates. When you don’t need a lot of heat, you get some really interesting options, like this Carbontec heating film, seen at the North American Passive House …

Driving family farmers off the land and killing regenerative farming

By Elizabeth Henderson, Truthout.orgJuly 2, 2019 | CREATE! Above Photo: Dominik Bartsch/Flickr In February, a dairy farmer friend sent me a note confiding that a few farmers she knows are living on cereal until their milk checks arrive. Yet, the recently released census of agriculture shows that the number of young farmers is growing even as the average age of farmers also increases, and there are uplifting articles …

Atlanta releases a 45 point affordable housing plan. And one year ago, L.A. approved an ambitious housing plan. What’s happened since?

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms released a comprehensive affordable housing plan, One Atlanta Housing Affordability Action Plan. The plan includes 13 initiatives and 45 action items to achieve four goals: Create or preserve 20,000 affordable homes by 2025 and increase overall supply. Invest $1 billion from a variety of sources in affordable housing creation and preservation. Ensure equitable growth and minimize …

It’s easy to follow. Leading is a responsibility and is not fun. It’s about doing things before it is safe or certain, before others are ready. Leadership involves taking risks and making decisions in an earlier and timely way.

Excerpt from a conversation between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg, June 2019, The Guardian People think of leadership as this glamorous, powerful thing. To be a leader is to come first, to set the agenda. But what people don’t realise is that leadership is also enormously difficult. Leadership is a responsibility. Leadership is not fun. Leadership is about doing things …