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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The importance of electricity in our modern world cannot be overstated. Electricity not only animates the storehouses of human knowledge, it also enables communications and control, and delivers energy precisely to billions of devices that drive our economy—from the stock market to hospitals. Yet, as crucial and ubiquitous as it has already become, electricity is poised for a profound leap in importance. This clean, precise, and flexible energy carrier can help us conquer one of the most important challenges of our time: drastically reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Each year, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting gathers heads of state, business leaders, and nonprofit directors from around the world to share their commitments to action—a concrete plan to address an urgent global issue. In concept, these commitments can help organizations develop the partnerships needed to get these ideas off the ground. So far, they are off to a good start: Since 2005, CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments which have improved the lives of nearly 300 million people in more than 180 countries.
Over the last month, throngs of environmental activists around the country have protested the possibility of an expanded oil pipeline that would snake 1,661 miles across North America, from Hardisty, Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Over 1,000 protesters were arrested outside the White House in Washington, D.C., alone.
Everyone’s talking about jobs these days, from President Obama to the Republicans competing to take his. Green jobs in particular have dominated recent news coverage with many of the headlines featuring a common theme: A bust.
The iconic Empire State Building, whose green retrofit and refurbishing have become almost as celebrated as the landmark, earned LEED-Gold certification today. The recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council and its green building verification arm, the Green Building Certification Institute, is the latest laurel for the 102-story skyscraper that was completed 80 years ago. "Originally featured on GreenBiz"