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Entries from September 29th, 2016

Floating Solar: A Win-Win for Drought-Stricken Lakes in U.S.

September 29th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Water

by Philip Warburg – Author of Harness the Sun Reposted with permission from Yale Environment 360 Floating solar panel arrays are increasingly being deployed in places as diverse as Brazil and Japan. One prime spot for these “floatovoltaic” projects could be the sunbaked U.S. Southwest, where they could produce clean energy and prevent evaporation in […]

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Transportation, Climate Change and Thriving Communities

September 13th, 2016 · No Comments · Transportation

by Ubax Gardheere – Program Director Puget Sound Sage Over the last year, Puget Sound Sage and Got Green set out to learn how our communities were experiencing climate change. Led by the Climate Justice committee, we interviewed 175 residents and 30 organizations in South Seattle with the goals of grounding climate change in community […]

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Constructing Green Buildings for a Fossil-Fuel-Free World

September 11th, 2016 · 5 Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy

by Donna Albert – Energy Engineer Washington State Department of Enterprise Services It can be notoriously difficult to predict the future. Fifty years ago we imagined flying cars, but no one envisioned we would be sending cat videos to each other on tiny cell phones that would be as powerful as computers!  We are likely […]

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Integrating the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure

September 4th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy

by Mark Ohrenschall – Energy NewsData Originally published in Energy NewsData’s Clearing Up A far-reaching evolution is outlined in “Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure: An Integrated Vision and New Investment Strategy,” written by Rhys Roth, director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College. The report’s framing question is: “How can the […]

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Principles for Infrastructure Investment Reform

September 1st, 2016 · 1 Comment · --Integrated Systems--

Infrastructure provides the physical capacity to grow and sustain our communities, culture, economy and environment.  Our quality of life depends on affordable access to clean, abundant water, reliable energy, a livable environment and mobility for people and goods.  As we consider how to build and maintain affordable infrastructure, we see challenges and opportunities that deserve […]

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