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The Land Institute Adds $1,000 Prize to Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

A call for bold ideas for a new agricultural paradigm
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March 9, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The Land Institute has dedicated the past 40 years to researching a new way to grow our food that mimics the fertility and resilience of natural systems like prairies.

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Will Smart Appliances Last Only as Long as Smartphones?

Green Builder Media's March 3, 2016 Vantage Enewsletter
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Will Smart Appliances Last Only as Long as Smartphones? Integrating Internet of Things computerization into devices must not be allowed to accelerate product obsolescence.

Walt Disney World Gets a Mickey Mouse Solar Panel Boost

A project on the outskirts of the Disney theme park bears the ubiquitous Disney branding, and should be operational soon.
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The 20-acre site near World Drive in Central Florida, built by Duke Energy, includes almost 50,000 panels, producing about 5 megawatts of power, and will serve Reedy Creek Improvement District, the power provider to Walt Disney World.

The Orlando Sentinel offers more details:

"Disney World already buys some power from Duke. It has used a little bit of solar power here and there, including at a theater at Epcot’s Universe of Energy exhibit, and in water-heating systems in a wardrobe facility and at the Animal Nutrition Center.

Warren Buffet’s Clinical View of Renewable Energy

Warren Buffet has been slammed by the media lately for waging an outrageous war on solar. But a recent shareholder letter reveals that his perspective on renewables is purely clinical and unflinchingly focused on the bottom line.
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Warren Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been the focus of an embroiled battle against solar in Nevada. One of its portfolio holdings, NV Energy, has been accused of colluding with the Public Utility Commission and Governor Sandoval to terminate net metering, effectively killing the residential solar rooftop industry in the State.

Siemens Takes a Look into the Future of Electrical Power

by Ulrich Kreutzer
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The way power is generated and distributed is set to change fundamentally all over the world. However, even experts don’t know exactly how distributed power systems will be structured in the future. Researchers at Siemens and RWTH Aachen University are therefore simulating possible future energy systems on the basis of millions of diverse data sets. In this manner, they are creating digital “twins” of future energy-system structures in a project that is unlike any other in the world.

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The way power is generated and distributed is set to change fundamentally all over the world. However, even experts don’t know exactly how distributed power systems will be structured in the future. Researchers at Siemens and RWTH Aachen University are therefore simulating possible future energy systems on the basis of millions of diverse data sets. In this manner, they are creating digital “twins” of future energy-system structures in a project that is unlike any other in the world.

Post-Paris: There is no Denying Clean Energy Future

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On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to pause implementation of the Clean Power Plan while the lower court reviews the legality of the regulations. The “stay” of the rule means that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may not enforce the Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of the case on the merits.  That challenge is currently before the U.S.

GM’s Distribution and IT Centers Star in Energy Efficiency

Company leads automakers in ENERGY STAR® certified distribution centers
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DETROIT, March 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Eleven General Motors facilities have earned ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These buildings, which include seven parts distribution centers, a global headquarters office and three IT innovation office centers, have optimized their buildings to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

The Poetry of a Campfire

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Carbon is not our enemy. It is the basis of life, working in tandem with the water and oxygen with which we are abundantly blessed to fashion all of the beauty of nature.

Let’s nerd out. Or at least I will. You don’t have to; you can just stop reading. Your call.

Why, you ask? Because I’m fascinated by the first law of thermodynamics. And by campfires (I’m currently sitting next to one). Campfires are basically the embodiment of the first law of thermodynamics.

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On May 16 and 17, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and PXYERA Global will host the 6th annual Sustainability Forum in Washington, DC.

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