Cost-benefit of zero net energy and renewables. ZNE certified and emerging projects increased by 74% in 2016, Santa Clara adds to code, documents cost-benefit

Originally published at ilsr.org by ILSR summer intern Matthew Douglas-May. As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city …

How to fix Facebook before it fixes us

Excerpt from an article by Roger McNamee, Washington Monthly, Feb 2018 The scope of the problem requires a multi-pronged approach. First, we must address the resistance to facts created by filter bubbles. Polls suggest that about a third of Americans believe that Russian interference is fake news, despite unanimous agreement to the contrary by the country’s intelligence agencies. Helping those people …

Women for Climate Justice come forward, demand an end to “rule by fossil fuel interests”

February 8th, 2018 by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica The 2018 Women’s Marches brought together hundreds of thousands of women and men to empower the global community to support the rights of people everywhere. Among the issues on the forefront, climate change activism rings strong among the Women’s March participants. Powerful women leaders, CEOs, and innovative change-makers are rising up on behalf of …

Where Are the Gaps in Your Transit System?

By Angie Schmitt, Feb 6, 2018, on StreetsBlog  1 The red areas mark parts of Miami where transit demand is high but service is underwhelming. Map: Center for Neighborhood Technology Where should your city aim to add transit service? The places where more buses and trains will be most useful are areas where lots of people live or work, but there’s not enough service …

Commuter benefits report. Currently 76% of commuters drive alone. Pre-tax commuter benefits, available with the Lyft Line carpooling service, expands from four cities to 18 cities.

 Kristin Musulin@kristinmusulin on Smart Cities Dive, Feb. 6, 2018   Last week, Lyft was one of 15 leading mobility companies to sign the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, a pledge designed to “prioritize people over vehicles” and “support the shared and efficient use of vehicles.” The Brookings Institution reports that 76.3% of commuters drive alone to work every day, a statistic that dramatically impacts GHG emissions, …

New US Renewable Energy Capacity Beats Natural Gas For Fourth Year Running, Renewables Now Account For Over 20%

February 7th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill Clean Technica  For the fourth year in a row, new US electricity capacity from renewable energy sources surpassed those from natural gas, and accounted for half of all new capacity additions, according to recent figures published by the country’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. New electricity capacity from renewable energy sources — including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, …

Climate myths are contradictory or contain reasoning errors. A guide to countering industry lies

  Researchers propose deploying strategy in classrooms and on social media to teach people how to “neutralize” misinformation.  By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 6 Feb 2018 Also in The Guardian Climate myths are often contradictory – it’s not warming, though it’s warming because of the sun, and really it’s all just an ocean cycle – but they all seem to share one …

US solar panel manufacturer to double in size, CO2 free Swedish Steel

John Fitzgerald Weaver, Electrek, 7 Feb 2018  Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Featured Image Source. Mission Solar to double solar module manufacturing – The move by Mission to add more module lines follows on its announcement shortly after the Section 201 decision that it was hiring 50 workers so as to reach its …