The 2013 GreenBiz Forums bring together thought leaders and sustainability executives to define the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today. Catch all the highlights of this year's events.
By Elaine Hsieh, Program Director & Senior Analyst - VERGE
Although it may be hard to believe right now, Europe is full of initiatives that could teach the rest of the world how to thrive.
While we often hear about Germany’s renewables ambitions, we think it’s time to also acknowledge the ambitious work of other European countries that can easily be overlooked.
For example, France is building its first “district smart grid” across the entire city of Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, covering the electricity needs of about 10,000 people in a 160,000-square-meter area while increasing efficiency and reducing carbon. Initially based on a 2009 pilot to build the first energy-positive office building in Europe, this community-scale project called IssyGrid is unique for France since it comes from a group of businesses located in the community and has expanded to other companies. It’s an innovative approach involving multiple players and shows that smart grid development is a new opportunity for local businesses.
In addition, a new building project being built near Amsterdam called Park 20|20 has the goal of becoming the “first full service Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) working environment” in The Netherlands. This unique office development is based on a human-centered design approach and uses C2C principles. That means all the main building materials can be endlessly recycled. How’s that for inspiration?
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Join us for the 24th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum!
This year's EE Forum will be held June 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., under the theme 'Energy Efficiency in a New Energy Economy.' The forum will explore the role of energy efficiency as a cost-effective resource to meet increasing energy demand, a strategy to make our communities more secure, resilient and sustainable and a driver for innovative new technologies and practices.
Request an invitation here.