This Week In Sustainability – Free Energy Data Service, EV Charging Station App, and 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

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This Week In Sustainability – Free Energy Data Service, EV Charging Station App, and 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

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clip_image002Big data and software is an integral part of sustainability, as an article in GigaOm highlights how Austin-based startup Noesis has created a free energy data service that shows how big data and software can be an integral part of sustainability. The service helps building owners and managers reduce their energy consumption. By inputting their energy data into the service, managers can receive reports showing consumption trends and comparisons among buildings they own or manage. To date, owners of over 4,400 buildings across the globe that cover 380 million square feet have signed up for the service.


In addition, GreenBiz looked at PlugShare, a mobile app that monitors electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and tells cities where they should include EV charging networks and drive EV implementation. PlugShare, along with other similar apps, are valuable because they can populate databases with near real-time tracking of charging stations, which provides drivers with important information regarding their vehicles. The app launched one year ago with 500 EV stations in its database; it now has 11,000. As cities continue to become more EV friendly, IT will also continue to help transition driving into a more sustainable practice.

To celebrate the book that many believe to have ignited the environmental movement, GreenBiz is running a series of posts this week of the impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which was released 50 years ago this month. The first post, “Silent Spring+50: What’s Really Changed?”, discusses how public awareness of chemical hazards has grown since the book was published. . The author looks at how the book gave a voice to citizens and consumers to push for stronger environmental regulation and how the private sector—including corporate leaders like Nike, Staples and Johnson & Johnson—has taken a leading role in forming strategic partnerships with environmental health activists.

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