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Storing Energy and Mitigating Cooling Costs with Ice

GBIG Insights


Alot of attention in the booming energy storage market is focused on battery technology. Batteries are dominant across a range of applications, and more than anything, decreasing battery prices are driving storage adoption. But a number of other approaches – including pumped hydro, flywheels, and thermal storage -- can complement batteries or fill market niches just as effectively, if not more.

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Has Society Become Too "Food Foolish"?

From www.wnpr.org

Did you know that roughly one-third of the food we produce each year is either lost or wasted?  Food Foolish co-author John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer at United Technologies Corporation; co-author of Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change explains how reducing global food waste could help mitigate the stresses of hunger, water shortages, and climate change.

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Do you want to go to Greenbuild for FREE!?

Become a Greenbuild Volunteer

Do you want to go to Greenbuild for FREE!? If you are a minimum of 18 years of age and full time student OR a young professional age 25 and under then you are eligible to participate in USGBC’s volunteer program at Greenbuild. In return for eight hours of volunteering at our show, you will receive a free full conference pass to all education sessions.

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The Day After COP21: No-Regret Strategies for Institutional Investors

Washington, DC - By Chris Pyke, PhD  

Three days into COP21, we can begin to see the broad contours of a global agreement to address the challenges of climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and preparation for changing climatic conditions. Momentum is building, but details are not yet clear. Some advocate for aggressive regulation and government mandates. Others emphasize the role of a motivated and engaged private sector.

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Five Billion SF of Green Building Planned

PARIS—The U.S. Green Building Council plans to commit to scaling green buildings to more than five billion square feet (478 million square meters) over the next five years through the LEED and EDGE green building rating systems. The council's commitment was made Thursday at Buildings Day, an official event at the United Nations climate negotiations conference known as COP21.

"As we gather around the imperatives to address climate change at COP21, we know that buildings must continue be a key focus area for countries to reach carbon emissions reduction goals," said Roger Platt, president, USGBC. "By encouraging the use of green building rating systems like LEED and EDGE in both the public and private sectors, countries can log immediate and measurable reductions of these emissions as their building stock uses less energy and water, creates less waste, saves money and creates a healthier environment for everyone."

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