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People Power: Sourcing Smart City Success Through Incentivization

April 4th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Smart Cities are more than just sensors ushering you to an available parking space, standby street lights, or drones monitoring air quality. Citizens are the most important component in the smart cities of the future. We need their participation in order to collect data, track movement, share knowledge, and most importantly, resources. All of this is possible in the next few decades, but an important first step is to figure out how to incentivize citizens to get on board


US Department Of Energy Catalyzes Clean Energy Innovation in All 50 States

April 1st, 2019 | by NRDC

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made clean energy research and development (R&D) investments in every U.S. state over the past two years, sending more than $1.8 billion to the national laboratories and to hundreds of private-sector and academic researchers last year alone. Unfortunately, the Trump administration recently unveiled a proposal to slash the Energy Department’s budget next year. If enacted, this would have devastating impacts on American innovation


Data Centers As A Solution To Climate Change?

February 27th, 2019 | by Robyn Purchia

While companies are working to lower their data centers' environmental impacts, it's often done in a piecemeal manner. Companies' data centers are rarely completely green -- running on renewable energy, incorporating efficiency measures and reusing the waste heat.


6 Amazing Ideas That Are Part Of The Smart City Plan From Sidewalk Labs

February 25th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

The Sidewalk Labs Smart City proposal for Toronto envisions wooden buildings made from cross laminated timber, modular construction, full digital connectivity, and robots in tunnels underneath bringing in consumer goods and managing the flow of waste products. It its vision too bold or not bold enough?


“The Green New Deal In Real Life” — Nonprofits WE ACT For Environmental Justice & Solar One Create Jobs With Those Reflective Beauties (Solar Panels)

February 16th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

This is what the Green New Deal looks like in real life. What an inspiration to experience first hand the harmony of a cooperative, decentralized, warm group of socially and environmentally attuned people — nonprofits working with other nonprofits, transitioning the skyscapes and the landscape naturally with an energized, renewable pulse


California Leads In Net-Zero Homes As Costs Drop

February 14th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

Half a dozen California cities are hosting enough net-zero homes to place the state in first place nationally among other states like Arizona where the net-zero trend is catching on rapidly, both among legislators and among leading homebuilders. This trend is expected to accelerate markedly over the coming decade, as the cost of adding net-zero features, including solar, drops by 50%


What’s A Gigafactory? Here’s A Quick Summary Video

February 4th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

With so much buzz surrounding Tesla's new Gigafactory in Shanghai, some of those newer Model 3 owners might be secretly wondering — a Giga-what? So let's take a second to explain what this moniker really means. Mike Brown at Inverse dives (head first) into this topic, reminding readers: "One of the most impressive machines from Tesla isn’t a car, but a factory."


Tesla Is Building The Parts Warehouse To End All Parts Warehouses

January 29th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

New drone footage of Tesla's Lathrop facility shows that the facility is all buttoned up on the outside. The Lathrop facility is shaping up to be a massive parts depot for the automotive manufacturer, based on job listings for the location. This seems logical as Tesla works to beef up its parts supply chain coming in and out of its Fremont, California, automotive factory


Consumers Expect EVs, Hyperloops, & Home Robots By 2030, According To Dassault Systemes

January 12th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Dassault Systèmes and CITE Research sent us the findings of a survey for understanding how consumers expect technology to impact their lives by the year 2030. The survey focused on home, travel, health, and retail. This comes on the heels of another NPR survey that says Americans are feeling more optimistic about their personal future, just not about politics. The study shows consumers expect Hyperloops, fully connected smart home systems, mobile payments, and personalized preventive health plans, among other things


5 Cities Show What Urban Transformation Looks Like

December 29th, 2018 | by World Resources Institute

The WRI Ross Prize for Cities aims to spotlight exemplary real-world examples of urban transformation to help inspire better cities for all. Nearly 200 projects around the globe submitted applications for the inaugural $250,000 prize


Powerhouse 3.0 Solar Shingles Head To The Roof

December 28th, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

The snail-slow solar shingle race is moving once again, as Real Goods Solar accepts the first of its $127 million worth of Powerhouse preorders on December 27. The company also announced plans to ramp up production every quarter during 2019 toward a 5 megawatt annual capacity guarantee from its manufacturing partners. The announcement coincides with Tesla plans to ramp up its solar shingle production next year as well. May the best shingle prevail


Clean Energy Year In Review 2018: Reversing Trump Administration Rollbacks

December 24th, 2018 | by NRDC

Many of us learned in high school about Newton’s third law of physics: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. 2018 was a lesson in physics: the Trump administration’s furious assault on pollution protections has, in turn, catalyzed a powerful and growing movement that is pushing back against these misguided rollback attempts



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