COP21 – good news for the planet

Paris Climate Accord

At COP21, commonly referred to as the Paris Climate Accord, nations sent representatives to pledge greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) reduction targets (also known as Nationally Determined Contributions). At the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),...


Offshore wind farms in the United States | Block Island leads the way

Block Island offshore wind farm

The Block Island Wind Farm | The first of many offshore wind farms in the U.S. The United States' 1st operational offshore wind farm is the Block Island Wind Farm, developed by the company Deepwater Wind (acquired by Ørsted in 2018). The 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm...


Kamuthi Solar Project; and the largest solar PV farms in India, China, other countries globally

Kamuthi Solar Power Project

Kamuthi Solar Power Project in Tamil Nadu, India>>> Featuring over 2.5 million individual solar PV modules, and on 2,500 acres in the town of Kamuthi in the Ramanathapuram district; the Kamuthi Solar Power Project supplies energy to ~300,000 homes. The Kamuthi Solar Power Project is...


Austin, Texas: a sustainable city

Austin is widely recognized as a top eco-friendly city, especially in the United States. In Austin, through non-profit organizations, sustainability groups, and local government; there are continuous efforts in environmental justice. [see below for a few examples of Austin's sustainability organizations]. These organizations also work...


Oslo, Norway – Europe’s Eco-capital

Oslo, Norway

Oslo is actively pursuing a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 95% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels); on the entire nation of Norway's path to becoming a carbon neutral nation (net zero emissions). 2030 is the target year that the Norwegian parliament has set to...


Sustainable city: CHICAGO

Chicago skyline (Aon center, surrounding skyscrapers and buildings)

CHICAGO IS - A Sustainable City | The dense city center of downtown Chicago has an extensive mass transportation network with around 150 rail stations for its 8 'L' rail lines; and over 200 bus routes. Chicago Transit Authority has been able to cut its GHG emissions by...


Profiles in Sustainable Cities – San Diego, California

San Diego, California

San Diego, California - America's Cleanest City Sustainable cities have eco-city designs that prioritize consideration of social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate mitigation policies, and implementation of sustainability policies. Green cities also prioritize resilient, thriving ecological and urban habitats for existing populations. Among the top...


Renewable Energy Jobs are UP, and RE cost is down

Clean energy jobs are rising

The Shining Future of the GREEN Economy ♥♥  Employment in clean and renewable energy features, most substantially, jobs in energy efficiency; including jobs in EnergyStar, in producing LED and CFL lighting, and manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs). Jobs in smart grid, maintaining smart meters, and in...


Renewable Energy – Breakthroughs in Wind Energy

wind farm ABV texas

Latest trends in global wind turbine technology Wind farms now provide the least expensive form of energy, renewable or non-renewable; once the wind farm is fully constructed and operational. Among energy sources used to power a municipal grid, wind farms also have the lowest greenhouse...


Breakthroughs in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal Technology

CSP solar plant

Solar - the most abundant renewable energy on the planet | Recently there have been dramatic breakthroughs in solar energy that will help advance the mainstream use of photovoltaic (PV) technology, as well as solar thermal technologies (CSP towers, solar parabolics, solar water heaters). Breakthroughs...