Milwaukee is a shining example of how to turn the industrial tide in the Midwest from black to green. The city “decided to double down on advanced manufacturing” in the 1990s, says Matt Howard, Milwaukee’s environmental sustainability director. It got in the business of small to midsized manufacturers—their bread-and-butter sectors of value-added food products (cheese) and water related industries (beer)—helping...
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A million homes in Cleveland and its suburbs soaking up the power of the sun, connected to an ‘energy Internet’, is our best play for sustainable economic development, Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution, assured hundreds attending the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit last week.
Just exposing to the light of day how much energy buildings use is a strong motivator for conservation and efficiency efforts, cities and states are finding. The new movement is being hailed as an MPG label for buildings. Cities including D.C., New York, Seattle and Austin are turning to new transparency laws for monitoring public, and sometimes private building energy use....more
Should we expect our vaunted market economics to innovate a climate change solution? Even economists as bullish as Severin Borenstein see the flaw in market-driven solutions. The professor of business and policy at UC Berkeley and an advisor to California’s Cap and Trade system launching this fall insists it will take a balance of subsidies to green power and taxes...more
Creating an advanced energy economy here in the United States will take us all diligently working to identify and create new energy resources. This requires us to reach far beyond simply identifying and exploiting new ways of extracting existing sources of energy. Harnessing the sun, wind and water are all ways of capturing the existing and ongoing energy sources that...more
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