How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money

By Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg, 17 April 2017 In February, after almost two years worth of six-hour workdays, nurses at the Svartedalens elderly care facility in Gothenburg, Sweden went back to eight hour shifts—despite recently published research showing the benefits of the shortened workdays. The City of Gothenburg didn’t extend the experiment in part because funding ran out. It cost about 12 million krona …

EPA Finalizes ENERGY STAR Ratings For Smart Thermostats, Nest First To Qualify

By Joshua Hill, originally published on Clean Technica, 9 Mar 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats, a move which resulted in the Nest Learning Thermostat becoming the first smart thermostat to receive an ENERGY STAR rating. The first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats were determined back on December 23, …

Shining a Light on Smarter Development Policies in India

A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth. By Todd Litman, Originally published on Planetizen, 6 Jan 2017 Francisco Anzola Flickr A few years ago I was commissioned by the World Resources Institute to develop a framework for measuring the costs of sprawl and, therefore, the benefits …

Clean energy is now as big as pharmaceutical manufacturing in the US: with $200 billion in revenue, it’s sneaking up on consumer electronics

By David Roberts, Originally published at Vox.com 8 March 2017   Detecting some heat (with a thermal sensor that shows where energy is leaking from a home).(Shutterstock) Across the world, myriad efforts are underway to make energy systems cleaner, smarter, and more efficient. But it’s hard to get a sense of the total size of those efforts, as they are spread …

Real solutions to housing unaffordability make housing and transport more affordable, accessible for all

Todd Litman | 21 February 2017 on Planetizen Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs. Many hard-working families spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, leaving them …

7% fuel savings from semi-truck platooning, according to study

By James Ayre, on Clean Technica, 22 Feb 2017 I’ve read a number of pieces in recent years speculating on the potential benefits of a large-scale rollout of semi-truck platooning technologies, most of which seemed to make convincing arguments. It seems we’ll get a close look at real-world viability relatively soon, as Peloton Technology has announced that it is partnering …

Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020’

The Guardian, 17 Feb 2017:  Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report  By 2035, electric vehicles could make up 35% of the road transport market, and two-thirds by 2050. Photograph: Miles Willis/Getty Images for Go Ultra Low Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide …