Category Archives: looking back
A Year Ago on Zero Resource – January 2011
A Year Ago on Zero Resource – December 2010
A Year Ago on Zero Resource – November 2010
- Blue Roofs
- Photo – The Elevator
- More Tiny Houses!
- Home Energy Improvements
- New LEED Draft Open for Comment
- For The Truly Nerdy – An ASHRAE Download
- 3rd Round of AC Transit Cuts Averted – For Now
- PCL’s 8 Affordable Water Strategies
- Historic Vote by US Building Officials
- 10 American Cities Running Out Of Water?
- Prop. 26 and the Environment
- Regional Bike Sharing in the Bay Area
- Election Day 2010 – Go Vote!
A Year Ago on Zero Resource – October 2010
- AC Transit Cuts Take Effect Today
- Is the Grid Ready for Electric Cars?
- $274 Million for Water & Sewer Upgrades
- Substandard Workmanship in Weatherization
- Cool Planet – Art Rosenfeld
- L.A.’s Electric Vehicle/ Mass Transit Experiment
- Cool Pavements – Melvin Pomerantz
- Cool Roofs – Ronnen Levinson
- Cool Roofs – Melvin Pomerantz
- 33% of California Energy Renewable by 2020
- Berkeley Gets Shiny New Recycling Bins
- Chris Field – Director of Dept. of Global Ecology
- Don’t Call It A Retrofit… Or An Audit
- Gigaton Throwdown
- Alex Wilson, Founder of EBN – Part 2
- Alex Wilson, Founder of EBN – Part 3
A Year Ago on Zero Resource – September 2010
- Alex Wilson, Founder of EBN – Part 1
- Death Rays
- Local Target Stores & Hazardous Waste
- Cut Energy Use 50% in Commercial Buildings
- Lighting, Light Bulbs, and Lingering Habits
- Tracking Water Resources in Real Time
- Update on AC Transit Cuts
- The Koch Brothers and AB 32
- Hot Water, Lights, and Solar as a Service?
- Peter Gleick on Cash for Water Clunkers
- Luxury or Necessity?
- Water Footprint Calculator
- Dan Kammen, Clean-Energy Czar
- The House of the Future?
- The Next Million Acre Feet of Water
- Peter Darbee, CEO of PG&E – Part 1
- Peter Darbee, CEO of PG&E – Part 2
- Peter Darbee, CEO of PG&E – Part 3
“If we priced water accurately, there wouldn’t be any water shortages, period. It would eliminate, surely, 80 or 90 percent of the distributional problem,” says Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior under President Clinton. “We have essentially built a water supply culture in this country which says water should essentially be free. And you see the results in the way water is used, particularly in the arid regions of the west.” – via CNBC.
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Roger Revelle, 1957:
Human beings are now carrying out a large scale geophysical experiment of a kind that could not have happened in the past nor be reproduced in the future.
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Lighting, Light Bulbs, and Lingering Habits2
Highlighting a few recent stories…
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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
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Research by the California Public Utility Commission staff indicates that if enough existing lighting and lighting for new buildings incorporate the latest technologies, the state could achieve a 60 to 80 percent reduction in light-related energy use. New policies adopted by the commission promote that goal by encouraging utilities to rethink their current consumer subsidies, which tend to focus on compact fluorescents, in favor of the newer and more energy-efficient technologies. “We need to move on and look at how best to spend our resources on the next step of lighting,” said Theresa Cho, an aide to Commissioner Diane Grueneich. “Our goal is market transformation.” The shelves of Wal-Mart and other big-box stores are already full of compact fluorescents, she said – via the New York Times Green Blog.
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A trio of House Republicans, Joe Barton and Michael Burgess of Texas and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, have introduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, which would repeal the section of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that sets minimum energy efficiency standards for light bulbs and would effectively phase out most ordinary incandescents – via the New York Times Green Blog.
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The Department of Energy’s inspector general released an audit on Wednesday showing that it is continuing to buy obsolete fluorescent lamps, bypassing the more modern technologies that it spent tax dollars to develop. Yet even more surprising, it is still buying the familiar incandescent bulbs in place of compact fluorescents. The department operates at 24 sites, and the auditors visited seven of them. “Despite the substantial benefits of C.F.L.’s, all of the sites we visited continued to purchase incandescent lights,” the report said – also via the New York Times Green Blog.
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