USSA Advocates for SustainabilityAt the end of October 2017, The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) put out an official statement of sustainability. The organization pledged to reduce its carbon footprint in order to preserve normal winter weather patterns, thus ensuring snowfall for future generations of winter athletes. Following their statement, USSA formed an internal sustainability committee, partnering up with the City of Park City, National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), and Protect our Winters (POW) to formally push their efforts. Read More
US Cities Making the Leap to 100% Renewables
Aspen, CO is now one of three U.S. cities able to run on 100 percent renewable energy. The first two U.S. cities to reach the goal were Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas.
The shift to energy that is generated from natural resources — including wind power, solar power, hydro power, geothermal heat, and landfill gas — follows a “decade-plus” city goal, said city Utilities and Environmental Initiatives Director David Hornbacher.Read More
An Unfair Game
An interesting thing is happening in the energy subsidy game. Oil and gas have long standing subsidies dating back to the 1800's. while renewable energy companies, new to the scene, do not receive such ingrained subsidies. Time for everyone to be playing by the same rule book.
Fossil Fuels Subsidies Written into the Tax Code
As part of the tax code, the fossil fuel industry gets significant tax advantages including land rental prices that are significantly undervalued. In the last 30 years, the treasury has lost nearly $30 billion in revenue by undervaluing public lands in Wyoming and Montana where Powder River coal is mined.Read More
Private Sector Leading the Climate Charge
A group of high-profile CEOs, including Virgin founder Richard Branson, Unilever chief Paul Polman,and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, appealed world leaders meeting at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December to agree to bring the balance of greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century.
Net zero emissions would be achieved through replacing fossil fuels with clean energy sources and ensuring that any remaining emissions are balanced out by carbon-saving projects such as tree-planting and carbon capture and storage,Read More
Solar Sees Significant Growth Over Last 10 years
The growth in the solar sector is unprecedented: solar prices are dropping as technologies improve, and across the country, solar installations are booming.Read More
Costa Rica Ran on 100% Renewable Energy
Is it currently possible to power an entire country on solely renewable energy?Read More
Tesla introducing renewable energy storage solutionRead More
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Renewable Energy Tipping Point
According to an analysis presented this April at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Annual Summit in New York, the race for renewable energy has passed a turning point: The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined.Read More
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a 501c3 organization that emphasizes expanding consumer access to clean energy, training a national workforce in clean energy installation, and advancing industry-wide best practices. Founded in 1982, IREC is recognized as a national thought leader in furthering renewable energy reach.Read More