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Sustainability in Paradise 2: Here’s the Plan

July 23, 2013
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Sustainability in Paradise 2: Here’s the Plan

Larry Ellison's vision for a sustainable island of Lana'i, Hawaii, includes solar-powered desalination, hydro power, microgrids, a solar farm, EVs and more.

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Sustainability in Hawaiian Paradise: Is It Possible?

May 28, 2013
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Sustainability in Hawaiian Paradise: Is It Possible?

Is Larry Ellison's plans to turn the Hawaiian island of Lana'i into a sustainable tech lab ... er ... sustainable? Tommy Kissell of Eco High Fidelity takes a peek on a recent trip. Lucky guy.

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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

April 22, 2013
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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

Confession time: I am not a big fan of Earth Day, and I suspect many others in the green and green tech fields feel the same. I thought Earth Day was great when we were cleaning out trash-choked streams. It raised awareness when there was none. But now everyone’s got an Earth Day thing...

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Green Tech Can Save Our Health

April 18, 2013
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Green Tech Can Save Our Health

It’s no secret that the United States has a serious health epidemic. Green technologies provide the tools we can use to create a better future. Here are just a few of the ways smart and green technologies provide us with clean air and water, while making homes and businesses healthier and happier.

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How Sustainable Technology Can Repair U.S. Infrastructure

April 2, 2013
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How Sustainable Technology Can Repair U.S. Infrastructure

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers provides a Report Card for America’s infrastructure. This year the United States received a D+. It’s a slight improvement from four years ago, but still pathetic. Our infrastructure—the very thing that more than 315 million people in the United States rely on every day—is crumbling....

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People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

March 28, 2013
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People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

A funny thing happens when people know I write about green technology. They get ideas—and great conversations result. Fact is, people are interested in energy efficiency. You don’t have to “green,” or “liberal,” or geeky or techie or anything else to want to save energy.

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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

February 28, 2013
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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

As covered in a previous post, there appears to be strong bipartisan support for energy efficiency in Congress, but how programs that encourage energy efficiency will be implemented remains to be seen. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy Security and Innovation:...

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Is Congress Jumping on Energy Efficiency?

February 27, 2013
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Is Congress Jumping on Energy Efficiency?

It could be a very good sign for energy efficiency and green tech advocates that so early in a new U.S. Congress, the House of Representatives has already held a hearing on energy efficiency technologies. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy...

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Where Water Meets Energy

February 20, 2013
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Where Water Meets Energy

Energy is needed to transport, treat, heat, cool, and recycle water and, conversely, water is needed in energy extraction, production, and processing. As a result, saving water saves energy and saving energy saves water. This overlap between energy and water has come to be known as the “energy-water nexus.”

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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

February 13, 2013
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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

President Obama made the case for clean technology and energy efficiency in his State of the Union address Tuesday—and more importantly linked the development of energy efficiency to economic growth, issuing a “new goal to America” to cut the energy wasted in our homes and business by half in the next 20 years. That...

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