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AMA Issues Guidelines Regarding LED Street Lights

July 8, 2016 By Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens, The Conversation New LED-based streetlights are whiter than traditional ones and contain more blue light, which can disrupt people’s circadian rhythms. meltedplastic/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it. The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA’s annual Read more about AMA Issues Guidelines Regarding LED Street Lights[…]

State of the Climate

August 5, 2016 International report confirms 2015 was Earth’s warmest year on record Source: NOAA A new State of the Climate report confirmed that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the warmest year since at least the mid-to-late 19th century. Last year’s record heat resulted from the combined influence of long-term global warming and one of the Read more about State of the Climate[…]

Five Reasons Why Zero Net Energy Buildings Are the Real Deal

April 3, 2015 by Heather Flint Chatto When New Buildings Institute (NBI) published the first-ever list of verified zero energy buildings in 2012, an abstract concept turned real. These were documented examples of high-efficiency buildings coupled with onsite renewables that could produce enough energy to power themselves over the course of a year. The list Read more about Five Reasons Why Zero Net Energy Buildings Are the Real Deal[…]

Kathy Higgins Interview: Getting to Zero

October 5, 2014 By Carl Smith The non-profit New Buildings Institute (NBI) works with governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. Its funders and project partners include the Energy Foundation, U.S. Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, electric Read more about Kathy Higgins Interview: Getting to Zero[…]

Transportation Emissions and Climate Change: A Real-Time Snapshot

June 6, 2016 The transportation sector accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in the state of California, accounting for 60 percent more emissions than the industrial sector. At 37 percent of total emissions, the contribution from the sector is well above the national average of 26 percent.  On a global level, fossil fuels burned for road, rail, Read more about Transportation Emissions and Climate Change: A Real-Time Snapshot[…]

Drought, San Francisco, and Innovation through Local and Alternative Water Projects

July 31, 2015 By Paula Kehoe Director of Water Resources. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Today, many Californians have a razor-sharp focus on water conservation and water supplies, in the wake of a drought that has amplified the scarcity of water.  At the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, we plan for our water future every Read more about Drought, San Francisco, and Innovation through Local and Alternative Water Projects[…]