National security has taken center stage as this week’s media coverage has explored both the challenges and opportunities of Department of Defense initiatives to cut the military’s reliance on oil, and shift to more secure, renewable sources.
Weekly News Roundup
9 Expert Tips for a Greener Fleet
GreenBiz, June 10, 2011
There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for fleet efficiency, but there are some common best practices that may help lessen the pain at the pump for many.
Oversimplifying a Complex Topic - Measuring the "Sustainability" of Renewable Energy
NRDC Switchboard, June 9, 2011
Painting a full picture of the impacts of our energy choices is important at such a critical juncture in building our clean energy future.
How High Gas Prices Could Help the Economy
The Atlantic, June 9, 2011
$4 gas and 9 percent unemployment may lead to increased fuel efficiency of commercial vehicles and help business grow.
Turning Sustainability From Challenge to Opportunity
Harvard Business Review Blogs, June 9, 2011
Sustainability expert and business strategist David Lubin joined HBR for a webinar that outlined how companies are gaining an “eco-premium” in navigating the sustainability landscape.
An M.I.T. Plan for Natural Gas With Planet in Mind
New York Times Dot Earth, June 9, 2011
M.I.T. recently released "The Future of Natural Gas," the latest in its series of reports examining global energy choices.
Lawmakers, Analysts Debate the Changing Dynamics of Coal Markets in the U.S.
E&E TV (login required), June 8, 2011
As the United States' most abundant source of energy, what role will coal play as the US moves toward a clean energy future?
Leading the Charge to Make Better Electric Cars
NPR, June 8, 2011
A better battery has the potential to transform the automotive industry, power grids and the environment.
Utility Groups Trade Blows On New EPA Emissions Rules
New York Times, June 8, 2011
There’s a great deal of industry sparring over new air pollution regulations from U.S. EPA
America's New National Security Imperative
The Hill, June 8, 2011
In an era of constrained natural resources and Middle East tensions, the massive energy demands on our military and defense infrastructure have raised a clear national security risk.
Hertz Adds Washington D.C. to Plug-In Vehicle Rental Program
Autoblog Green, June 7, 2011
Hertz, a Project Get Ready technical advisor, recently announced that its "Connected by Hertz" plug-in vehicle rental program will soon be offered in D.C.
The Five Hallmarks of Sustainable Market Leaders
Sustainable Business Forum, June 7, 2011
What sets sustainable market leaders apart from less successful companies?
Is the Electric Car Finally Here?
Huffpost Green, June 6, 2011
While the transition may happen suddenly and unpredictably, some believe it will happen sooner than we think.
Are We Entering a Golden Age of Gas?
New York Times Dot Earth, June 6, 2011
New report from EIA discusses the place of natural gas in the global energy mix
DOE Offers Funds to Cut Red Tape Associated with Solar Permitting
EBoom Finance, June 2, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy is making US$27 million available to support local and regional governments streamline the process of implementing solar power projects.
Batteries That Can Multitask
New York Times, June 3, 2011
To help cut weight and increase driving distances, engineers are developing car frames and bodies made of carbon fiber-reinforced composites, plastic materials that can be 50 percent lighter than steel but provide superior strength and rigidity
A Nimbler, More Energy-Efficient Marine Corps
New York Times, June 2, 2011
The military hopes that by relying less on fossil fuels, troops will be more speedily deployed and less vulnerable to attacks.
If We Need Taxes, Why Not Pollution Taxes?
Washington Post, June 1, 2011
There are plenty of options for green revenue boosters that enhance our overall quality of life, the environment, and help close the deficit.
The Green Lantern
National Journal, May 27, 2011
The Pentagon hopes that by powering the military on renewable energy, it will light the way for an American revolution in clean tech.