Green Communities

It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

Mike Smalley of Carina explains their WISE technology, which helps manage electric hot water heaters more efficiently. It uses demand response to shift energy use to off-peak times to reduce the water heater's energy load, while maintaining a supply... Read More
Planet Forward
At last week’s Innovation Summit, DC Mayor Vincent Gray said that he would make the city  “fossil-free” by 2030. Yesterday, he released his vision for a “Sustainable DC,” and how we would get there. Although he didn’t reiterate the goal of becoming... Read More
Center for Green Schools
Last week, I was able to visit one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to make an exciting announcement, recognizing the Green School in Bali as the Center for Green School’s “2012 Greenest School on Earth.”
Planet Forward
As international treaties and federal policy-making stall, cities are taking the initiative, fostering innovation and fueling competition, all in the interest of adapting to climate change. The impacts of a changing planet aren’t theoretical for... Read More
This team of researchers says that the United States’ large energy grid will not be able to handle an influx of new technology, like electric vehicles. They are developing ways for the grid to not only be able to provide EVs with electricity, but... Read More
Center for Green Schools
By Kristin Simmons Ferguson Higher Ed Associate, Center for Green Schools
Planet Forward
Planet Forward was proud to host the video competition for Second Nature's Climate Leadership Award Finalists. Schools from across the country submitted videos and competed to win the title. After more than 14,000 votes were cast, we are proud to... Read More
The average person tends to know what plastic drip tape and soaker hoses are, but what is plastic mulch? In China alone, the equivalent area of South Carolina is covered with this fossil fuel based plastic sheet mulch every year and then the plastic... Read More
Minnesota 2020
Some Minnesota K-12 schools emphasize environmental education on their own, yet shrinking state aid has made field trips and Environmental Learning Center visits cost-prohibitive for some districts. A federal bill, branded "No Child Left Inside",... Read More