Nonprofit organization Global Green USA has selected eight cities that will receive free consultation from green-building experts on how to make their communities sustainable. The consultation will help cities to balance residential, commercial and recreational areas that are easily accessible and can benefit the community and the environment. The organization will use the LEED standards for Neighborhood Development from the U.S. Green Building Council as a guide in its recommendations.
Statoil, an energy company, is operating the first floating wind turbine. The station is located more than 6 miles off the coast of Norway, giving it access to constant wind, unlike land-based wind turbines.
When the U.S. government gave a $53,648 grant to a Bob's Big Boy that put up solar panels, it missed the big picture, Russell Gold writes. The restaurant encourages driving and eating meat, which both have a huge effect on the environment, he notes.
More communities are looking for ways to desalinate water as demand increases and climate change affects rainfall patterns. Israel's Ashkelon Desalination Plant features an on-site power plant and energy-recovery system.