Solar on Schools: 100% Clean Energy School Districts

Campaign Toolkit and Handbook can be found on our website. Climate Parents are working to move school districts around the country to adopt 100% clean energy. School districts are major energy consumers. Powering them with renewables is a climate solution that benefits kids and communities. This effort builds on the success of Ready for 100 (more Colorado members than any …

State Efficiency Standards are Good for Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 by NRDC State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone, Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Lauren Urbanek The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet. Fortunately, more states are setting efficiency …

On bill financing expands in Hawaii – Green Energy Money Saver (GEMS)

On April 8, Hawaii Governor David Ige formally announced the Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$) on-bill financing program, a statewide initiative to make clean energy more affordable for homes and small businesses. The culmination of more than seven years of work by Hawaiian authorities, the program provides easy-access financing for cost-effective rooftop solar panels and other renewable distributed energy systems, …

Chicago to install 40K LED streetlights in next phase of efficiency plan

Jason Plautz, in Smart Cities Dive, April 26, 2019 Chicago will install 40,000 new LED streetlights throughout the city as part of the next phase of the Chicago Smart Lighting Program. Installations will be concentrated in the far South Side, Near West Side and North Side and will take place through August, the halfway point of the four-year project. The city …

New York City Seeks To Reduce Carbon Emissions From Buildings By 40%

April 19th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Climate advocates know that meeting the goals of the Paris climate accords means more than generating more renewable energy. It also requires reducing emissions from existing sources. At present, 67% of all greenhouse gas emissions  in New York City come from buildings, not from transportation as you might expect. On April 18, the city …

Take It From an Economist, Medicare for All Is the Most Sensible Way to Fix Health Care

By Gerald Friedman, USA TODAY Take It From an Economist, Medicare for All Is the Most Sensible Way to Fix Health Care, April 08, 2019  I’ve spent decades studying US health care. Time to get real: Medicare for All is the only reasonable path to controlling costs and covering everyone. Commercial insurance companies are nothing more than middle men. They add no value to our …

The next frontier in fighting climate change – your cooktop/kitchen stove: California is looking for ways to phase out fossil gas, not just from power plants but also from stoves, water heaters and furnaces

A recent report, the California Energy Commission described a “growing consensus that building electrification is the most viable and predictable path to zero-emission buildings.” Renewable gas, the report said, “can be a part of the solution to reducing [greenhouse gas] emissions from buildings, but the role is likely to be constrained by limitations on renewable gas availability, cost, and ongoing methane …

Anything beyond what we call ‘code-plus’ is for the most part not happening.”

Coastal homes aren’t ready for climate change – study E&E News | Daniel Cusick Coastal property owners are failing to take even basic steps to protect their homes against sea-level rise and hurricanes, even as climate change increases the risk that coastal homes will be damaged by rising tides and storm surges, according to new research. The study from the …

Energy demand around the world grew by 2.3% over the past year, marking the most rapid increase in a decade, according to the report from the IEA. Fossil fuels filled nearly 70%

Several publications report on the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s latest annual report on global carbon emissions. The Washington Post focuses on the “grim findings”, which show “that not only are planet-warming CO2 emissions still increasing, but the world’s growing thirst for energy has led to higher emissions from coal-fired power plants than ever before”. The Post adds: “Energy demand around …

The mere act of electrification has a powerful effect on efficiency: electrifying the US economy from carbon free sources will reduce the amount of energy needed by more than half

The Green New Deal: The enormous opportunity in shooting for the moon.  Decarbonizing with massive electrification will bring about a new American abundance. Saul Griffith, Feb 20, 2019 The conversation about a Green New Deal is bold, timely, and necessary. The most important component of the Green New Deal as currently drafted is its commitment to complete decarbonization. That is the destination, the …