best practices

How Apple Became One of the Greenest Companies in America

October 18, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Green Apple

There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple. The technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered “greener” than Apple.[read more]

Three Ways to Boost Energy Efficiency After the 'Low-Hanging Fruit' has Been Picked

October 3, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Deeper Energy Efficiency

Companies today are increasingly investing in energy efficiency upgrades, both to conserve energy and to reduce operating costs. By lowering greenhouse gas emissions and fuel expenses, energy efficiency benefits the economy as well as the environment in the face of climate change.[read more]

Driving Down Fuel Usage

March 11, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Despite their potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption, electric and hybrid vehicles struggled to find a solid customer base. Much of the reason came down to cost and convenience: Batteries are expensive, and charging them requires infrastructure that’s still sparse in the US.[read more]

The Silver Bullet Of Climate Change Policy

January 29, 2014 by Gernot Wagner

When the conversation turns to climate change, someone is sure to opine that there’s no silver bullet. The issue is simply too complex to have one solution. When you focus on all the changes needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally it seems like a multifaceted approach is the only way forward.[read more]

How to Save the World in Ten Days

January 25, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Alright, you probably won’t save the world, but with these ten tips, you’ll at least be able to do your part in protecting our planet. If you’re new to the whole “going green” thing, I suggest taking on one of these challenges each day for the next ten days.[read more]

Shell Oil Self-Imposes Carbon Pollution Tax High Enough To Crash Coal, Erase Natural Gas's Value-Add

November 25, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Carbon Pricing and Shell

Royal Dutch Shell includes a high price for carbon dioxide when evaluating new projects. The $40 a metric ton price that Shell uses would — if widely adopted — reshape domestic and international energy consumption and investment trends.[read more]

Know Your Audience (and Its Bite Size), Say Corporate VCs to Cleantech Entrepreneurs

November 21, 2013 by Scott Edward Anderson

Venture Capital and Cleantech

Corporate VCs are a little less risk averse than traditional VCs, in part because such companies are full of engineers who can scrutinize before an investment is made, but there seemed to be consensus that if the technology enables an existing technology perform better, it's going to be worth it.[read more]

Correcting the Math of the '50 to 1 Project'

November 5, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

A nine-minute video, released earlier this fall, argues that climate mitigation is 50 times more expensive than adaptation. We analyzed the accompanying “sources and math” document. In short, the author shows a disconcerting lack of understanding of climate science and economics.[read more]

Obtain and Maintain a Social License to Operate, or Turn Out the Lights

September 24, 2013 by Jim Baird

Social License to Operate

A Social License to Operate (SLO) is defined as existing when a project has the ongoing approval within the local community and other stakeholders, ongoing approval or broad social acceptance and, most frequently, as ongoing acceptance.[read more]

Working Together, Utilities Can Save Water and Energy

July 24, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Utility Energy Savings

It’s hard to beat the smell and feel of laundry right out of the dryer—although if you’re like me, you might feel guilty about the amount of water and energy that’s being used with every load of laundry.[read more]

Crisis Averted For Now: Learning From One County's Near Disaster

July 22, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Learning From Near-Disaster


Recently, suburban Washington, D.C. residents were warned to stock up on water and prepare to go days without washing dishes or showering, due to a 50-year old concrete water main in danger of exploding.[read more]

Collaboration on Shale Gas Development A Step Toward Pragmatism

April 7, 2013 by Keith Schneider

shale gas collaboration


Whether the collaborative will produce meaningful advances in production practices remains unknown. But the center's formation is a significant step toward much-needed political and social pragmatism in shale development.[read more]

Gas industry’s first stabs at ‘standards’ & ‘practices’: how much do they reduce accident risk?

May 2, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

That’s at least one question on this blogger’s mind. One cannot help but note the absence of “best practices” because, well, they aren’t, at least not yet.[read more]

Study: Miami Has Best C02 Practices, Denver Best Energy Policies

July 5, 2011 by Sheila Oliva

Yesterday, the results of a study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by Siemens was released that assesses and compares 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities on environmental performance and policies across nine categories – CO2 emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air quality and...[read more]