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The 2014 GreenBiz Forum defines the trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium, along with ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability.
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By Elaine Hsieh, Program Director & Senior Analyst - VERGE
Just as we celebrate Earth Day’s 44th year this week, Friday marks the 60th anniversary of the first practical solar cell.
Back in 1954, all the solar cells in the world delivered about one watt. Now, more than 100 billion watts (a.k.a. 100 gigawatts) of generating capacity of solar photovoltaics have been installed globally.
Also this year, solar reaches the Holy Grail: grid parity, when solar panels generate electricity at costs equal to or less than that produced by fossil and nuclear fuels. As a result of this important milestone, businesses and governments are justifiably accelerating their renewables integration efforts.
Many of our stories this week show how the growth of solar and other clean energy sources are creating exciting new opportunities for both the private and public sectors. Highlights include Apple’s 100-percent renewables commitment, RMI’s plan to help Fortune 500 companies increase and scale their renewables efforts, and EDF’s new initiative to spark more efficiency and localized clean energy across nine of the most energy-intensive U.S. states.
In celebration of that first solar cell, check out this vintage 1956 film of the development of the Bell Solar Lab Battery. Despite some projector mishaps, it’s a good tutorial on how solar photovoltaic cells work.
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New Principles Define Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Sponsored by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
The multi-stakeholder membership of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council has created a set of principles that define leadership in sustainable purchasing across all types of organizations, sectors, and regions. Join us on Wednesday, May 7 at 1:00pm ET for the public release of these Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing in advance of the Council’s upcoming public meeting on May 20-21 in Washington, DC during a free webcast moderated by Joel Makower. Register Here.
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As building owners, architects and contractors request product life-cycle impact data, building product manufacturers are scrambling to comply but are struggling to find the tools and resources to respond rapidly. In this one-hour webcast, hear how LEED v4 is transforming the building marketplace, and how product manufacturers are harnessing the latest tools to make EPDs available to all who need them. Register Here [Link Corrected].