Businesses involved in making the transition

By Bianca Nogrady, The Guardian, 29 June 2017 When the US president, Donald Trump, announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, one might have anticipated a hearty cheer from industry around the world relieved that business as usual could continue. Instead the opposite has happened. Across the United States, the business community is taking it upon itself …

Easy energy use cuts of 29% available for US commercial and government buildings

June 26th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  A new report by the US Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has concluded that widespread use of building controls across the country could cut energy consumption by an average of 29%, or the equivalent electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans. US Energy Department’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigated …

Growing cycling and walking adds to Vancouver’s downtown and business income

By Roy L Hales, on the ECOreport. 26 June 2017 Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends …

More jobs, more equality among wages, better community life and strength with local businesses

Key Studies: Why Local Matters by the Institute for Local Self Reliance.  Written by Stacy Mitchell The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/key-studies-why-local-matters/  Last update: Jan. 8, 2016 In recent decades, policy across the country has privileged the biggest corporations. Yet a growing body of research is proving something that many citizens already …

Thomas Piketty: time for a new age of globalization and trade deals

Thomas Piketty writes the following for the Guardian: Both the Clinton and the Obama administrations frequently went along with the market liberalization launched under Reagan and both Bush presidencies. At times they even outdid them: the financial and commercial deregulation carried out under Clinton is an example. What sealed the deal, though, was the suspicion that the Democrats were too …