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    This Week in Sustainability: Doubling the Power of Solar Cells and New Sustainable Design Software

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    imageThe initial design for a building or an event is the first step in any plan. It enables you to set the groundwork for what’s to come. That’s why design and sustainability are a natural fit when working to shape the future and be more environmentally friendly. Both building design and innovative technology design are prime examples and that’s exactly why two stories caught our attention this week. Read on to learn more about an innovative design that could double the power of solar cells and how a California startup is bringing sustainable design software to startups.

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    The Role of Carbon Offsets in Forest Conservation

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    The following blog post comes from our colleague TJ DiCaprio, who will be participating later today in the Commonwealth Club event titled ‘Forest Wars,’ and who published the article below over on Greenbiz.com

    clip_image002This evening I’m participating in a discussion at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club with thought leaders from various industries to explore the environmental and economic impacts of deforestation.

    Deforestation represents a large environmental issue: it is the source of 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Each year, 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere as 35 million acres of forest are destroyed through slash and burn agriculture, logging and charcoal production. The impact is economic as well as environmental.

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    This Week in Sustainability: Energy Efficient Cloud Computing and a New Tool for Clean Energy Investment

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    clip_image002New innovation to increase computing efficiency has exploded over the past decade. No longer does all of your information have to be stored on a hard drive, but instead cloud computing has enabled companies to operate applications in the cloud with a much lower carbon footprint. Read on to learn more about how companies are shifting to the cloud to reduce carbon emissions and a new mapping tool that uses Big Data to help businesses identify new opportunities for clean energy investment.

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    With ChronoZoom, the History of Climate Change Becomes Clearer

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    What if scientists could visualize changes to the planet’s climate over time in order to better understand the sources of human-caused climate change today? A scientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara (USCB) is turning to ChronoZoom...
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    This Week in Sustainability: Energy 3.0 and Wisdom of Crowds for Future Smart Cities

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    clip_image002Today, cities house 50 percent of the world’s population, and according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), they are predicted to house 80 percent by 2050. Urban areas are also responsible for 60 to 80 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. That’s led many to ask how we can reduce emissions without compromising quality of life. Read on to learn more about how Big Data-enabled ‘Energy 3.0’ and the wisdom of crowds can help cities become more sustainable.

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