A Climate New Year’s Resolution for 2021: Greening Construction and Building Operations

A Climate New Year’s Resolution for 2021: Greening Construction and Building Operations

A U.N. report suggests that a major impediment to carbon reductions and meeting the Paris Climate targets is the construction and building industry. Carbon dioxide emissions from building construction hit an all-time high in 2019, and the annual rate of decarbonizing buildings has been slowing.

Why this Matters: Building maintenance and construction create nearly 40% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, according to GlobalABC.

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The Energy Package Is a Win for Climate and Jobs That We Can Build on Next Year.

The Energy Package Is a Win for Climate and Jobs That We Can Build on Next Year.

As we grapple with the disastrous pandemic, recession, and climate change, the nation is in desperate need of investment in clean energy to reduce climate pollution and jumpstart the economy. The Energy Act of 2020, included with the COVID-19 relief and 2021 spending package, will help the United States on both fronts by investing in a spectrum of technologies.

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A Climate Battle Raging Across America, and in Your Kitchen

A Climate Battle Raging Across America, and in Your Kitchen

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A climate battle is quietly raging in homes across America. Cities are increasingly adopting and implementing policies to reduce carbon emissions at every level, despite opposition from Washington’s biggest construction and fossil fuel trade associations. The International Code Council, which, despite its name, serves primarily the U.S., met this […]

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Energy Sector Continues to be Roiled by Coronavirus and Price War

Energy Sector Continues to be Roiled by Coronavirus and Price War

The news about the energy sector is mixed.   The good news is that Exxon is slashing spending by 30% ($10 b) as the President waffles on tariffs on foreign imports, while The New York Times reports solar and wind projects in operation are increasing sales as a result of utilities cutting costs because renewables are cheaper than coal.

Why This Matters:  This is the moment to pivot to clean energy.

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It Looks Like There Will Be Another Stimulus Bill – But Will It Be Clean and Green?

It Looks Like There Will Be Another Stimulus Bill – But Will It Be Clean and Green?

Congress and the Trump administration are beginning to outline the Phase 4 Stimulus package, but there seems to be little mention of “clean” much less “green” provisions being included, which means there would need to be a Phase 5 package or these items will be left out completely. 

Why This Matters:  These items and many other similar ones that have been labeled as “green”  were left out of previous bills because they were dubbed as unnecessary to battle the immediate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19.

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One Spooky Thing: Beware the Energy Vampires!

One Spooky Thing: Beware the Energy Vampires!

We all have appliances that are using energy even when we’re not home. Read Clean Technica’s, A Room-by-Room Guide To Ousting The (Energy) Vampires Lurking In Your Home and get your spooky spirit on!

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