RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute’s blog, explores topics critical to RMI’s mission to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.
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This year saw a major shift in the green building sector. According to figures released earlier this month, the majority of green buildings around the world using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria are retrofits of existing buildings rather than new builds.
In Chile, Rocky Mountain Institute Chairman and Chief Scientist Amory Lovins sees a country with vast efficiency and renewable energy potential.
Around the globe, cities are trying a variety of measures to tackle transportation-related challenges. However, in tough economic times, dwindling budgets force tough choices about where to invest time and money.
To make things easier for customers, some utilities have wisely begun to work upstream with manufacturers, vendors and retailers. Instead of offering the customer rebates, the utilities are providing incentives to product suppliers to ensure that store shelves are stocked only with ENERGY STAR appliances.
America’s buildings are energy hogs. The country’s 120 million buildings consume 42 percent of our nation’s total energy and 72 percent of our electricity.