BEIJING, China - Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a joint press conference in Beijing on Nov. 12, 2014, following their meeting. They agreed to reduce the risk of military conflict and combat climate change. (Kyodo)

Clean Energy Futures and the Role of Nuclear Power

Thanks to a number of factors – natural disasters, the steady flow of increasingly clear and detailed data, and significant new political accords such as the US-China climate consensus from October 2014 – climate change is now very squarely in the public and political debate (The White House, 2014). Many of us, of course, have … Continue Reading ››

LEED at University Residential Sites: Impact Analysis

Introduction and Overview of LEED In the 21st century, sustainable development, or maintaining the ability to provide for current needs without compromising the ability to meet future needs, is a primary concern (United Nations). In order to achieve sustainable development, the performance of the built environment must be dramatically improved through more effective energy use without … Continue Reading ››

Green Industrial Policy: A Climate Necessity

Industrial policy – government support of the manufacturing sector – has long been lampooned as the archetype of failed state intervention. Yet it has seen resurgence as of late, resurrected as a potential strategy for  “green growth.”(1) The idea of promoting specific industrial aims through government strategy is subject to frequent ridicule. In supporting entrepreneurial activity, … Continue Reading ››

A Cost and Benefit, Case Study Analysis of Biofuels Systems

Within the past decade, biofuels have become key research initiatives and investments for many states with implications for agricultural and developmental economics. Recent innovations in both first generation (1G) and second generation (2G) biofuels herald a long-term emphasis on energy sustainability and efficiency. 1G energy crops include corn, grains, and sugar cane while lignocellulosic biofuels … Continue Reading ››

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