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ClimateLaunchpad’s Global Grand Final: The Winners

October 26th, 2020 | by Sponsored Content

ClimateLaunchpad*, the world’s largest green business ideas competition, held its 7th successful edition of the Global Grand Final from September 30th to October 2nd — an event showcasing the year’s best green startups


Climate Disaster Risk Reduction & Managed Retreat, Part Two

October 25th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson

In the second half of this two-part interview for our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, and Anna Ziolecki and Brent Doberstein from the University of Waterloo, continue their talk about disaster risk reduction and managed retreat


Top 4 DIY Energy Efficiency Upgrades

October 20th, 2020 | by Scott Cooney

Imagine if you could put $25 under a couch cushion, and in 5 years go back and find $1,250. That's the type of return on investment represented in energy efficiency


Elementary School District To Save $40 Million From Energy Efficiency & Solar

October 15th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

It's long been clear — solar energy is super hot, fun, and exciting, but energy efficiency is really where the gold is. You mention "energy efficiency," and many people's brains turn off while their eyes scan for an emergency exit. However, starting with the savings and hammering them home is a good way to avoid that problem


Solar Saves Austin Central Library $100,000 A Year

October 15th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Austin Central Library (ACL) has gone solar, and it's saving a lot of money as a result. Specifically, from a 180 kW solar array on its roof, the library is saving $100,000 a year. Austin, Texas, has a goal of reaching 100% carbon-free electricity by


Presidential Climate Policy Report Card: Obama, Trump, & Biden — A CleanTechnica Exclusive

October 4th, 2020 | by Michael Barnard

The climate action report card is much better for Obama/Biden and Biden/Harris than for Trump/Pence, which is unsurprising given President Trump's rhetoric on the subject. The Obama/Biden administration could have done much more, and while a Biden/Harris administration would be much stronger on climate change action than the Trump Administration, it too has more work to do to get to a truly effective climate action plan


Fires, Floods, And The Coming Of Zoltan

September 13th, 2020 | by George Harvey

This morning, the first story I saw was one of Steve Hanley’s latest articles on CleanTechnica, “Should People Be Prevented From Living In Fire And Flood Prone Areas?” It seems a majority of people in the U.S. would support a ban on building in areas at risk from such natural disasters as flooding and fires. A majority would also support buying out people whose homes are at risk


Everything You Need To Know About Version 3 Of The Tesla Solar Roof

September 11th, 2020 | by Kyle Field

Tesla launched the new version 3 of its Solarglass Roof on a public conference call today. Version 3 of the newly renamed Solarglass Roof integrates a number of meaningful improvements to the now larger tiles that promise to improve the cost of the roof while delivering a much faster installation time


Democratizing Energy & Community Solar Investment

September 11th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson

In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, CleanTechnica Director Zach Shahan sits down with Matt Moroney, cofounder and COO of Raise Green, to discuss Raise Green’s efforts to leverage crowdfunding for investment in clean energy projects nationwide, including its brand new accelerator program that CleanTechnica is breaking the news about


Planned Obsolescence Leads To Resource Depletion, Overflowing Landfills, & Climate Change

September 4th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Virtually all manufacturers today build their "durable" white and brown goods with planned obsolescence. They are designed to fail instead of designed for the longest possible lifetime. Concurrently, most now come with 1-year warranties, or longer warranties as a marketing gimmick, with some of the purchase price put aside by the bean counters for the inevitable failures. The reason for all this is increased profit



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