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Planet Citizens


SJS / GreenPolicy Siterunner:
Going green begins with a decision to become a planet citizen, acting,
moving, choosing to create waves, setting in motion rippling forces of change


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Don't Despair. Make a difference. Get Going. Go Green.


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A/C Needs To Go Green for Energy Savings


WHAT is the single most effective way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions? Go vegetarian? Replant the Amazon? The answer is: make air-conditioners radically better. On one calculation, replacing refrigerants that damage the atmosphere would reduce total greenhouse gases by the equivalent of 90bn tonnes of CO2 by 2050. Making the units more energy-efficient could double that. By contrast, if half the world’s population were to give up meat, it would save 66bn tonnes of CO2. Replanting two-thirds of degraded tropical forests would save 61bn tonnes. A one-third increase in global bicycle journeys would save just 2.3bn tonnes.

Air-conditioning is one of the world’s great overlooked industries. Automobiles and air-conditioners were invented at roughly the same time, and both have had a huge impact on where people live and work. Unlike cars, though, air-conditioners have drawn little criticism for their social impact, emissions or energy efficiency. Most hot countries do not have rules to govern their energy use.

Yet air-conditioning has done more than most things to benefit humankind....

Cutting the impact of cooling requires three things (beyond turning up the thermostat to make rooms less Arctic). First, air-conditioners must become much more efficient...

Next, manufacturers should stop using damaging refrigerants. One category of these, hydrofluorocarbons, is over 1,000 times worse than carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere. An (updated) international deal to phase out these pollutants, called the Kigali amendment, will come into force in 2019. Foot-draggers should ratify and implement it; America is one country that has not done so.

Last, more could be done to design offices, malls and even cities so they do not need as many air-conditioners in the first place. More buildings should be built with overhanging roofs or balconies for shade, or with natural ventilation...


More than Air-Conditioning 'Add-ons'


Via Treehugger

At the moment, only 8% of the 3bn people in the tropics have air-conditioning, compared with over 90% of households in America and Japan. But eventually, it will be near universal because so many trends are converging behind its spread: ageing, since old people are more vulnerable to heat stroke; urbanisation, since fields cannot be air-conditioned but offices and factories must be; and economic growth, since, after mobile phones, the middle class in emerging markets want fans or air-conditioners next.

There is a huge carbon footprint to running all this AC. “At current rates, Saudi Arabia will be using more energy to run air-conditioners in 2030 than it now exports as oil.” International Energy Agency (IEA) figures that running AC now produces 4 billion tons of CO2 annually or 12 percent of the total...

You can’t just add a box... It starts with urban design and goes right down to the detail of how you build a wall. We have to get away from boxes and think about overall systems, the bigger picture, or... we will be “cooking our planet to refrigerate the diminishing part that's still habitable."


A Green Building Revolution Is Needed

Fossil fuels & Homes. It’s Time to Electrify


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Get Healthy, Get on Your Feet


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Green and Healthy Streets


As mayors of some of the world’s great cities, we are committed to transforming them into greener, healthier, and more prosperous places to live. Our streets must be safe and accessible for everybody and our air must be clean and free from harmful emissions. This will improve the quality of life for all citizens, and help tackle the global threat of climate change.

We envision a future where walking, cycling, and shared transport are how the majority of citizens move around our cities. This shift towards zero emission mobility will result in less congestion and less pollution, while making our roads quieter and the air we breathe cleaner.

One third of greenhouse gas emissions from C40 cities come from transport and traffic is the biggest source of air pollution, globally responsible for up to one quarter of particulate matter in the air. As cities continue to grow they are becoming more congested, with people spending more time in traffic.

A study across the US, UK, France and Germany showed that congestion on our roads is costing the economy on average almost one percent of GDP. This is not only holding back our economies through lost time and productivity, but also harming our health and the environment through worsening air pollution. Recent data shows that dirty air leads to almost 4.5 million premature deaths a year and afflicts many more, particularly children, with illnesses such as asthma.

We are already delivering our vision of greener, healthier and more prosperous cities but we recognise the urgent need for ambitious climate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. We also recognise the need for a comprehensive, holistic approach to transform the way people travel around our cities that builds on pledges made as part of the C40 Clean Bus Declaration and supports those articulated in the Global MacroRoadmap: An Actionable Vision for Transport Decarbonization.


We pledge to transition to Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets by: 1) procuring, with our partners, only zero-emission buses from 2025 and 2) ensuring a major area of our city is zero emission by 2030.


To meet this commitment, we will:

Transform our cities through people-friendly planning policies.

Increase the rates of walking, cycling and the use of public and shared transport that is accessible to all citizens.

Reduce the number of polluting vehicles on our streets and transition away from vehicles powered by fossil fuels.

Lead by example by procuring zero emission vehicles for our city fleets as quickly as possible.

Collaborate with suppliers, fleet operators and businesses to accelerate the shift to zero emissions vehicles and reduce vehicle miles in our cities.

Publicly report every two years on the progress the cities are making towards these goals.


C40 Cities Green Action-agenda



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Cruisin' with Style


http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/biomega-oko-electric-bike.html

http://inhabitat.com/tag/electric-bikes/


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The Fossil Fuel Challenge


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World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

Car-charging smart roads


eRoads in Sweden (2018)



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  • Identify best-practice green ventures -- forward-looking, visionary ideas
  • Share these best green ideas as vehicles- and multipliers-of-change


  • Green value-adds
  • Green value-propositions
  • Green game-changing ventures


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GreenPolicy360

"Greening Our Blue Planet"
Eco-Check and Away We Go


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Going Solar, Going Green


100% Renewable? On the Way. Going Green / September 16, 2017


GreenPolicy360 launches Net Zero Energy Policy (take that Irma)
www.netzeropolicy.com



Florida, the "Sunshine State" begins to go green after years of push back by a legislature influenced by fossil fuel interests and energy companies...


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The Goal? Clean Air, Environmental Quality, Health


Air Mapping: Environmental Monitoring for Health and Safety


https://www.blog.google/products/maps/lets-clear-air-mapping-our-environment-our-health/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-tracks-air-pollution-when-mapping-streets/
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Google-Now-Mapping-Air-Quality-Starting-With-Oakland-426609701.html
https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/05/google-maps-can-tell-you-how-bad-the-pollution-is-in-oakland-block-by-block/
http://apte.caee.utexas.edu/google-air-mapping/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4599902/Google-Street-View-maps-air-pollution-help-commuters.html


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https://www.edf.org/airqualitymaps


The Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach convened a mobile measurement team to assess air pollution at a level of detail that was nearly impossible before.

Seeing pollution mapped this way makes us better advocates for cleaner air and smart development choices.

Cassandra Ely

Project lead at EDF


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https://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Category:Air_Pollution


https://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Category:Air_Quality


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Volvo Goes Full EV / July 6, 2017

http://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/2017/07/6.htm -- http://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/volvo-going-all-electric-first-automaker-ditch-combustion-engine-n779791
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/05/volvo-cars-electric-hybrid-2019 -- http://www.cbsnews.com/news/volvo-electric-cars-combustion-engines-fate/
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-07-05/tesla-is-starting-to-face-serious-competition -- https://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Tesla,_electric_cars


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Way Out in Front: Driverless Technology

Automated Vehicles

Ready or Not, It's Time to Go Green Driving


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https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/21/self-driving-shuttles-university-of-michigan/


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John Romano / Tampa Bay Times: A recent analysis done by Morgan Stanley asked rhetorically what would be the next $100 billion industry. The answer? Global mobility, i.e. autonomous cars, will be equal to 100 of the next $100 billion industries.

Here's a short and simplified version of how it changes the world:

Transportation will become a product that you use as needed. Instead of driving yourself everywhere and parking your car, you order an autonomous vehicle that drops you off wherever you're going.

Congestion on roads is eased because driverless cars will be more efficient. They'll take better routes, and drive closer to each other...

City planning will change because massive parking lots and garages will no longer be needed. Traffic accidents and fatalities will be greatly reduced, which will change trauma centers and law enforcement workloads. Auto insurance will have to adapt. Gas stations will go out of business as more cars become electric.

Think about how the world changed when automobiles were invented around the start of the 20th century.


Get ready ....



Wireless/Flash Charging

Quick Flash Car Charge

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Game-changing Transportation for Cities

Charge-and-Go Busing in Geneva


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http://new.abb.com/
(Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Fg94A2Vko
(Video2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm3_N4Js3Nw


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The goal? Renewable Energy Now

http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Category:Energy

http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Category:Renewable_Energy


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GreenPolicy360: The Time is Now for *Solar-Charging Stations


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Picture EV Corridors with 21st Century Infrastructure


First Up -- Solar-Charging Stations via BMW and EIGHT Point.One

More Photos/Solar-Powered Charging Stations

Designed by EIGHT, Germany

EIGHT Point.One

How will they work?

Advantages

Service


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and...


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Quebec, Canada

Electric Car Charging Outlets to be Required in All New Homes


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Smart Homes

An Approaching Energy Revolution in the Home... and Office
Smart Building Standards
LEED and Smart, Sustainable Design
Intelligent Energy Efficiency
  • IoT / Internet of Things
  • Energy Efficiency


(2016) -- "Smart Home" is a generic definition of any residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled by computerized systems and remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.

Installation of smart products give the home and its occupants benefits that technology and personal computing have brought since the 1980s. A 'smart systems' approach with homes and offices enables savings of time, money and energy. The add-on extensions to any style of home offer immense choice and variety -- from the most sophisticated, modern building to the hut with solar-power driving lighting at night so children can study and mobile phones can be charged.

Many 'smart home' products are currently available in one of four standard protocols (the means of communication between themselves) and all of these are compatible with the internet, phone, and cell phones. The protocol names of the current four systems are: X10, Z-Wave, UPB and EnOcean.

'Smart Products' that utilize the same protocol offer the ability to add products and hardware at a homeowners pace and budget. The system can grow to meet the needs of a changing families as time goes on. Products can be selected from various manufacturers, preventing expensive obsolescence or non-competitive pricing. Issues such as privacy, 'bugs' and 'hacks', 'malware' and 'viruses' are becoming increasingly serious and are being addressed in new security protocols.


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An emerging important feature of a smart home is conservation of the earth's limited resources.

More and more people are becoming aware of the ability to make their homes truly smart — and green — by utilizing home controllers integrated with all home sub-systems to increase savings by controlling lighting, window coverings, HVAC, irrigation and by monitoring usage.

Many home controllers have built-in monitoring systems whereby they calculate and log usage by all connected devices, giving the home owner heightened awareness and the knowledge to make changes as necessary. These systems can even be accessed over the Internet from anywhere in the world so the homeowner can adjust consumption any time, anywhere.

New technologies can be designed to be naturally smart. For many cultures balance with nature was a truth, a deep wisdom passed from generation to generation. Today our lives and our homes can remember this wisdom with an eye to land contours, water flow, seasonal winds, the daily arc of the sun.



Natural traditions, such as Feng Shui, share a sense of environmental awareness.

Integral ecology remembers our place in and with our natural surroundings.

Natural design ideas, such as "solar gain" in alignment with the path of the sun in the placement of windows, are "going green" guides.

Give attention to the natural world as you build and improve your home.

Bring understanding of the natural world to all your work, ventures, and endeavors.


Celebrate being a planet citizen.


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Becoming Planet Citizens


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