Economics (News)

Going green receives a boost from home builders

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 11:30pm


Faced with one of the worst housing markets in decades, the Bay Area home-building industry - long opposed to mandatory environmental standards - has decided to give up and go green.


'Green' building policies crucial for reducing greenhouse gases

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 12:19am

Despite all the public attention focusing on the harmful emissions that come from the automotive sector, the dirty little secret is that buildings are actually the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that two-thirds of all carbon dioxide emissions come from stationary sources. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 65 percent of electricity consumption, 36 percent of energy use and 30 percent of raw materials use.

Creating Sustainable Cities: The San Francisco Bay Area and New York City Are Leading the Way

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 10:00pm
Michelle Chen

Angela Greene has a tough job: she and her workcrew scale the rooftops of Richmond, California to run wires, lay racks, and bend metal piping. Yet in the end, when she unfurls a gleaming solar panel over her community, it feels easy to save the planet.

After being laid off from her former job at a printing business, Greene went through a vocational training program and then joined Solar Richmond, an organization that is bringing sustainable energy along with new jobs to the heavily black and Latino port city.

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto Speech

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 05/31/2006 - 10:00pm

In an emotionally charged talk, Majora Carter explains her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx. This MacArthur-winning activist shows how minority neighborhoods have suffered most from flawed urban policy, and energetically shares her grassroots efforts to "green the ghetto." Her talk from the heart drew a spontaneous standing ovation at TED, and has proved equally moving online. As blogger Mike Maupuia records: "So I'm sitting at my desk at

Ten U.S. Cities Best Prepared for an Oil Crisis

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 03/27/2006 - 2:01pm
SustainLane has ranked the largest 50 U.S. cities based on recent city commute practices, metro area public transportation, sprawl, traffic congestion, local food and wireless network access (in order of importance: see chart). There are many other areas that rising oil prices will affect: construction, retail goods of all types, utilities (especially in the Northeast, the one part of the nation where heating oil is used)—virtually every aspect of our economy will be hit.


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