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Journal or Magazine Article, 2014
Adapted and updated from the noted 1999 essay “A Tale of Two Botanies” (http://www.rmi.org/biotechnology/twobotanies.html) Amory Lovins’s Huffington Post invited commentary on some remarks by Dr. Craig Venter summarizes the limitations and risks of genomics, transgenics, and artificial life.
IT Industry analysts estimate there are over 11 million servers in use in 2012, growing to almost 13 million by 2020. While many large data centers are addressing energy use, half of the energy consumption for U.S. data centers comes from small server rooms and closets. These server rooms are often overlooked, despite the significant opportunity to reduce energy through increased utilization, migrating computing needs to the cloud, and employing best practices for cooling and power supply. This presentation quantifies the energy use, and saving potential, for facilities ranging from small server rooms to multi-megawatt data centers. It also compares various sustainability metrics, discusses barriers that stem from lack of information and misaligned incentives, and cover the stats, metrics and efficiency of moving to the cloud from on premise.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2012
In this article published in Foreign Affairs, Amory Lovins describes a U.S. transition from fossil fuels--a blueprint detailed in Reinventing Fire-- that requires pursuing three agendas. First, radical automotive efficiency can make electrification affordable and save fuel in heavy vehicles; and all vehicles can be used more productively. Second, new designs can make buildings and factories several times more efficient than they are now. Third, modernizing the electric system to make it diverse, distributed, and renewable can also make it clean, reliable and secure. Getting the U.S. off fossil fuels would transform its foreign policy, and turbocharge global development. He argues that we don't have to wait for congress to seize these opportunities.
This article is also available to read at Foreign Affairs.
This comment was posted on Nature.com in response to “Opportunties and challenges for a sustainable energy future” by Steven Chu and Arun Mujumdar. In it, Amory Lovins argues that integrating the Department of Energy's technological solutions with innovative design, strategy, and public policy could solve many energy problems.
Report or White Paper, 2011
This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the industry sector in Reinventing Fire.
Report or White Paper, 2011
This story of Interface Inc.’s Shanghai plant illustrates the pitfalls of the conventional design process—and the remarkable
gains that are possible by rethinking basic assumptions. This paper describes how the lead designer Jan Schilham
created a radical new layout with shorter, fatter pipes and smaller pumps to save nearly 90 percent of the energy—with lower capital costs. Several Factor Ten Engineering principles are highlighted in Schilham's design process.
Conference Proceedings, 2009
The notion that human behavior is influenced by environmental conditions is not novel, though this dynamic is often overlooked and underappreciated in the construction of buildings and cities. Particularly in the field of sustainable or green building, focus is directed toward the impact of building-related human behavior on the environment. However, in a reciprocal manner, as humans build we create our own environment which embodies a specific set of ideas, influencing occupants over the lifespan of a building. The lessons locked in mortar and floor plans both limit and encourage certain human behaviors. This educational relationship offers a powerful opportunity for designers to create a crystallized pedagogy that encourages and informs occupants in sustainable patterns of living.
Book or Book Chapter, 2009
Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers
is a practical guide for anyone working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a college or university: sustainability directors, CFOs, presidents, students, faculty, and staff. The book covers five topics: climate action planning, buildings and utilities, renewable energy, transportation, and carbon offsets. Buy the book now.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2009
This article, published in the Japanese Nikkei Ecology
, gives an overview of industrial ecology, an emerging interdisciplinary field, and explains how a groundbreaking program at Walmart, which will require a Life Cycle Analysis of all products on the shelf, will increase demand for industrial ecologists.
Report or White Paper, 2009
This paper explores how effectively the United States has used electricity and compares energy efficiency implementation by state. This paper analyzes state-level electric productivity to determine which states are the most productive with their electricity.