Some states and municipalities in the U.S. are implementing food waste bans that prohibit sending food waste to landfills. Massachusetts has one of the most ambitious plans to ban large businesses and institutions from discarding food waste beginning in 2014.
The city of Houston has won a prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies to make their “One Bin for All” plan a reality. With the country’s first total resource recovery facility in place, the city plans to find productive uses for discarded food and other recyclables.
On Friday, President Obama proposed the establishment of an Energy Security Trust, which would use $2 billion in royalties from offshore gas and oil leasing to fund clean energy technologies.
The recently released report from Chatham House takes a hard look at the challenges that lie ahead in the future as the world’s most crucial resources come under the increased strain of over-consumption.
Fuel economy in America hit an all time high of 23.8 mpg for 2012, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Eco-Driving Index.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 included several incentives that benefit the alternative fuels industry through the end of 2013. The credits will help lower the price of alternative fuels and make them more competitive with fossil fuels, as well as help start-ups grow their businesses.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced plans to convert all the city’s vehicles to alternative fuel sources by 2025, making it the first major U.S. city to aim for a total conversion to non-oil-based fuels.
California Senate Bill 1298 legalizes self-driving cars. And if Google owner Sergey Brin has his way, Google software will soon be driving them…
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is on a mission to decrease the U.S. Navy’s dependence on foreign oil. In his words, “We simply buy too much petroleum either from potentially or actually volatile places on earth.” In 2009, he announced a plan to fuel half the Navy’s energy consumption through alternative fuels by 2020. “We’re doing this for one reason,” Mabus stated, “We’re doing it to be better warfighters.” The Navy has started to demonstrate some of the progress they have made with “drop-in replacement” advanced biofuels this year.
Today, cycling is part of Copenhagen’s culture. Bikes are everywhere! But there was a time when vehicle traffic clogged Denmark’s capital city’s roads. In the 1970s Denmark faced an energy crisis, a recession, and increasing car traffic congestion. The public demanded better transportation infrastructure and options.