RMI has a reputation for coming up with groundbreaking ideas and solutions to problems like unnecessary energy consumption, pollution, and fossil fuel addiction. But we know ideas are not enough. Ideas have true power only when we implement them successfully.
The new edition of RMI’s Solutions Journal, now online, focuses on our collaborators, the people who are on the ground doing the hard work and making these ideas a reality, reducing fossil fuel consumption, designing cutting-edge, state-of-the art zero energy buildings, and launching electric vehicle infrastructure in our cities.
Our main story by Cameron Burns looks at the green design features of Caltech’s Linde + Robinson Laboratory, the first LEED Platinum lab. RMI consulted on the project, which includes such innovative features as a coelosat—mirrors that track the sun and bounce light inside.
RMI worked on the Caltech lab with long time collaborator Peter Rumsey, an RMI senior fellow. He talks about how his “deep green” engineering firm approached the design and shares his thoughts on the evolution of green design in our Q&A.
RMI also collaborated with Ford Motor Company this past year on a pilot program to improve energy efficiency of Ford dealerships. Read how one Ford dealer in Florida has implemented RMI’s recommendations and is saving $3000 a month on energy bills.
Finally, take a look at how Raleigh North Carolina, with support from RMI’s Project Get Ready, is leading the East Coast in preparations for the arrival of electric vehicles.
These partners, companies, design firms, city leaders and individuals out there implementing best practices and making RMI’s ideas into reality make all the difference between a good idea and a better reality. We hope you enjoy reading about them.