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To Get to Net Zero, Think Bigger

Guest author Allison Hibbs was a summer associate at RMI. The World Green Building Council (WGBC) just launched a revolutionary project calling for all buildings to reach net zero by 2050 in an action plan known as Advancing Net Zero. The announcement provides a shot in…

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and rapid growth curve in residential solar installations over recent years. Witness the rapid expansion of our work with major companies across…

Making cents out of the “softer side” of efficient buildings

A typical search for office space can require combing through hundreds of listings and running the numbers on rent, utility costs, insurance, and building fees in an attempt to make an apples-to-apples comparison of different market options. And then there are the less quantifiable aspects of the search: How do…

Could Net-Zero Energy Schools Improve Children’s Education?

Can we afford to teach our children? In the U.S. we can generally agree that educating our children is important. Consensus stops there. Whether the U.S. education system is broken, and if so, how to best fix it, is an increasingly politicized debate. Current discussions on how to improve education…