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Environment

The Status of Corporate Renewable Energy Goals In 2020

March 6, 2020
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Driven by a need for low-cost and minimally invasive energy solutions, renewable energy saw a considerable resurgence throughout 2019. According to the National Energy Regulatory Commission, it surpassed traditional coal, generating most of the electric power in the U.S. More specifically, wind and solar combined were responsible for 50% of the total renewable energy generated in the States.

The question is, how long will this continue? What are we looking at in terms of future growth for renewable energy?

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Wildlife

How The Construction Industry Can Disrupt Wildlife

January 1, 2020
wildlife and construction

The construction industry has made many changes to move toward sustainability. Companies praise the advantages, while industry leaders, such as the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Initiative, set eco-friendly standards. Still, people acknowledge construction has an undeniable impact on wildlife. In 2018, the U.S. spent more than $300 billion on new public development alone.

It will be challenging for any industry to cease environmental harm. Wildlife and construction, in particular, are a poor match. Environmentalists around the world hope companies will make strides towards a future without animal cruelty and ecosystem destruction.

Habitat Intrusion

Animals suffer when industries advance and expand, uprooting their homes. Businesses tear down forests and natural habitats to make room for shopping malls, restaurants and more. Some species learn how to thrive in these urban environments, such as foxes, birds, squirrels, opossums and more.

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Green Technology

Renewable Energy is Changing On-Site Construction Energy Usage

December 30, 2019
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Climate change — it’s a topic we can’t stop talking about. As we burn fossil fuels, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, we produce harmful emissions. These emissions trap heat in the atmosphere and pollute the Earth.

Modern buildings are the third-largest consumer of fossil energy, right after industry and agriculture. To reduce the effects of climate change — prolonged droughts, frequent wildfires, natural disasters, etc. — this sector must make a change. 

Many businesses and municipalities have set goals to go net-zero — produce as much energy as they consume. The result is green buildings, those that implement eco-friendly practices in a variety of ways. The integration of renewable energy technology is a must. However, green buildings also consider sustainable applications in water use, heating and cooling.

Green initiatives are necessary for a sustainable future. As the energy market transforms, industries must adapt to renewable energy construction.

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Environment

Effects of Construction on the Environment: Why Sustainability Is at the Forefront

December 27, 2019
effects of construction on the environment

Sustainability means different things in each industry. In construction, it means building structures from long-lasting and renewable resources, ensuring energy-efficient operation once the structure is standing and practicing good stewardship of the landscape over the building’s lifetime.

Expanding and maintaining humanity’s “built environment” in a conscientious, low-impact and cost-effective way today means future generations will be able to meet their own needs tomorrow. But we need to put sustainability first. Here’s what that looks like in construction and why it’s so important right now.

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Green Technology

The Solar Revolution Driven By Farmers

December 2, 2019
renewable energy in agriculture

Farms across the U.S. are turning to solar as a means to offset tough times spurred by the trade war. Will renewable energy in agriculture help communities deal with the scarcity of resources?

Environmental Forces and Trade Disputes

Razor-sharp margins, ecological forces and trade threats have led to a volatile environment for farmers. Now more than ever, environmental forces are shaping day-to-day operations. Droughts, extreme rain and forest fires contribute to the current unstable market state. Environmental effects have also made it harder to predict crop yields. This uncertainty, combined with increased costs, has led farmers to give up the profession or seek alternative sources of income.

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How to Transition from a Tech Filled World to Off-the-Grid Homesteading

November 20, 2019
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What does being “off-the-grid” mean exactly? The way most people who are talking about the grid refer to no longer being dependent on the power grid. This takes more than a couple of solar panels and a tiny home, although that’s a good start. Transitioning to off-grid homesteading takes planning and a lot of consideration. Read on to learn about the things you need to consider before making the switch.

Evaluate How Much Energy You Currently Use

In order to figure out how much energy you and your family use you can start recording and analyzing your monthly electric bills or you can buy a Kilowatt Meter to perform energy audits. The Kilowatt Meter report will allow you to see how much energy every electronic item in your house is using. Then it’s up to you to reduce the use of that electronic or find an alternative! Making your family aware of all the energy being used every month is important in making the decision if you and your family are ready and able to go live off the grid.

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Technology Helping Us Create Clean Oil Drilling Techniques

October 28, 2019
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Oil and clean aren’t two words you usually see together. The oil and petroleum industry has a reputation for being dirty — one of the biggest polluters and, overall, a threat to the environment. The reputation isn’t entirely unearned, as the industry is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

But oil and gas executives are facing a crisis of reputation that threatens the future of the industry. Younger generations’ poor view of the industry makes it difficult to attract talented engineers. These threats to long-term profits have industry officials rethinking both their drilling methods and overall business strategy.

Now, the oil and petroleum industry is turning to new technologies that they hope will result in “clean” oil drilling — drilling that doesn’t produce nearly as much pollution or harm to the environment.

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How Energy Deregulation and Privatization Could Impact Renewable Energy

October 14, 2019
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Many recent news stories discuss how societies must become more dependent on renewable energy. Relying on fossil fuels is not sustainable, but investing in renewables helps ensure our planet’s future. However, evidence suggests that energy deregulation and privatization could both impact these resources.

Energy deregulation attempts to resist energy company monopolies by increasing the number of competitors in the marketplace. The process functions with a reverse auction, whereby energy providers aim to sell their offerings at the lowest possible rate. The energy goes through the existing infrastructure. The utility companies that own it transmit the power to customers, but they don’t set the prices paid.

Privatization occurs when the responsibility of supplying energy to the people who need it transfers from public-funded ventures, such as those operated by the government, to privately held companies. Let’s take a look at how deregulation and privatization in the energy market could influence renewable energy.

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Advantages of Hydropower for Energy Generation

September 27, 2019
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People are increasingly concerned about finding renewable energy sources to meet the world’s needs. They know that fossil fuels are no longer realistic to depend on, especially as we become more aware of the growing threats associated with climate change.

Hydropower is one method of energy generation that offers many benefits. This option involves capturing the energy generated by water moving downstream, and the water cycle as a whole. The volume of the flowing water and the change in elevation as water flows downward are two things that impact the energy generated by hydropower.

In some cases, the water’s movement powers a turbine at a hydropower plant. Systems also exist that store water and release it as needed to generate energy. In the United States, hydropower is the country’s largest single renewable energy source for electricity.

Here are some of the perks that hydropower offers:

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Humanitarian Engineering Bringing Renewable Energy to Disaster-Hit Communities

July 18, 2019

Public attention may fade, but the effects of a natural disaster can linger long after camera crews have left. The lasting consequences of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico serve as a fitting example of this phenomenon. After the hurricane severely compromised their power grid, the island’s infrastructure fell apart, and entire towns went without electricity for almost a year.

In the wake of the destruction, families had to depend on backup generators, navigating a dangerous landscape of leaning power poles, fallen trees and other debris. Fortunately, humanitarian engineering has helped manage the energy needs of affected areas in the aftermath of many natural disasters.

The executive director and co-founder of Empowered by Light, Moira Hanes, sees renewable energy as the solution. Her nonprofit partnered with the Las Vegas Fire Department to install solar hubs at firehouses across Puerto Rico. The solar and construction companies Sunrun and Aireko also participated.

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