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Do your actions matter?

You’ve seen the headlines, read the stories, and now "climate" has officially been added to the list in your head of important, intimidating issues society needs to solve ASAP.

Solar Schools

How to lead the charge to help your schools go solar

Last month, hundreds of thousands of students around the globe walked out of school to speak up for their future and participate in Youth Strike 4 Climate. The actions of young people like Greta Thunberg and her peers around the world continue to spotlight our need for immediate action. This leadership from schoolchildren begs a follow-up question: can our schools—the institutions that shape and prepare our kids—help bring about a clean energy future as well?

Featured

Solar-powered science in Michigan

Part 3 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 as well. The science department at a southeast Michigan high school is now fully powered by solar energy, thanks to the dedication of a teacher and his students. West Bloomfield High School first received a grant for a 3.4 kilowatt (kW) solar array in 2011. This small solar system generated enough energy to power the science classroom of Joshua Barclay, but his students in the E.A.R.T.H. (Environmentally Aware, Ready To Help) Club wanted to do more.  They wanted to leave a lasting legacy by providing the school with free energy for the future.

Featured

The basics of rooftop solar

When it comes to solar panels on homes, a lot of us might categorize ourselves as "curious but clueless". We know the basic idea—that solar can create electricity for your home and reduce your utility bill—but beyond that? The whole matter quickly starts feeling a bit mysterious, a bit like uncharted territory. 

Featured

Ten Tips to Help You Conquer The Energy Challenge

More than ever before, individuals like us can help drive forward our transition to clean energy. We have the power to stand up, speak up, and make smart choices—in how we power our homes, cars, schools, cities—and so much more. We’ve just launched our Energy Challenge to make it simpler and easier to take everyday action in your own life.

Featured

Head of the class: School districts lead the charge towards 100% clean energy

Part 2 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. See part 1 here and part 3 here. With the price of solar installations dropping dramatically in recent years, schools have increasingly taken advantage of the opportunity to cut energy costs by switching to solar. The amount of solar power generated at U.S. schools has grown by 86% since 2014, and a growing number of school districts from coast to coast are leading the charge towards 100% clean energy. The snapshots below illustrate three different models for school districts to achieve energy independence and pull the plug on electric bills.   

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Featured

Do your actions matter?

You’ve seen the headlines, read the stories, and now "climate" has officially been added to the list in your head of important, intimidating issues society needs to solve ASAP.

Solar Schools

How to lead the charge to help your schools go solar

Last month, hundreds of thousands of students around the globe walked out of school to speak up for their future and participate in Youth Strike 4 Climate. The actions of young people like Greta Thunberg and her peers around the world continue to spotlight our need for immediate action. This leadership from schoolchildren begs a follow-up question: can our schools—the institutions that shape and prepare our kids—help bring about a clean energy future as well?

Featured

Solar-powered science in Michigan

Part 3 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 as well. The science department at a southeast Michigan high school is now fully powered by solar energy, thanks to the dedication of a teacher and his students. West Bloomfield High School first received a grant for a 3.4 kilowatt (kW) solar array in 2011. This small solar system generated enough energy to power the science classroom of Joshua Barclay, but his students in the E.A.R.T.H. (Environmentally Aware, Ready To Help) Club wanted to do more.  They wanted to leave a lasting legacy by providing the school with free energy for the future.

Featured

The basics of rooftop solar

When it comes to solar panels on homes, a lot of us might categorize ourselves as "curious but clueless". We know the basic idea—that solar can create electricity for your home and reduce your utility bill—but beyond that? The whole matter quickly starts feeling a bit mysterious, a bit like uncharted territory. 

Featured

Ten Tips to Help You Conquer The Energy Challenge

More than ever before, individuals like us can help drive forward our transition to clean energy. We have the power to stand up, speak up, and make smart choices—in how we power our homes, cars, schools, cities—and so much more. We’ve just launched our Energy Challenge to make it simpler and easier to take everyday action in your own life.

Featured

Head of the class: School districts lead the charge towards 100% clean energy

Part 2 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. See part 1 here and part 3 here. With the price of solar installations dropping dramatically in recent years, schools have increasingly taken advantage of the opportunity to cut energy costs by switching to solar. The amount of solar power generated at U.S. schools has grown by 86% since 2014, and a growing number of school districts from coast to coast are leading the charge towards 100% clean energy. The snapshots below illustrate three different models for school districts to achieve energy independence and pull the plug on electric bills.   

Solar

Thor's hammer and the fight against fossil fuels

As energy consumers, we’re on the front lines of an important battle. Until recently, we didn’t have much say in where we got the electricity we need to power our lives, or how much we paid for this privilege. Our energy choices were dictated to us from the outside, and we either had to be willing participants in the system or…live off the grid.

Solar Schools

Seventh grader switches her school to solar

Part 1 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. See part 2 here.     Montana seventh grader Claire Vlases propelled her independent study project into a transformation of her school to solar power.

Electric Vehicles

This holiday, put an electric vehicle on your wish list

It’s hard to believe they’re still running those ads—you know, the ones where the spouse surprises her partner with a shiny new SUV, festooned with an oversized red bow? We’re pretty sure that’s never happened in real life—but, if your family happens to be in the market for a new vehicle this year, the holidays can be a really good time to buy. And this year, more than ever, you’d do well to consider driving electric.

Politics

The midterms are over—but your role isn't

With the midterm elections now over, there’s a good chance you’re in one of three camps: 1) those that are thrilled over a victory, 2) those feeling dispirited about a loss, or 3) those that have already moved on to thinking about Thanksgiving plans. But just because you’ve cast your vote, this doesn’t mean you have to cast aside your civic mindedness until November 2020.

Going electric

It's time for schools to hop on the (electric) bus

When someone says the words “electric vehicle,” a giant, lumbering, yellow kid-wagon isn’t the first—or the slickest—product that comes to mind. You might not have even known that someone, somewhere, was making such a vehicle. But here’s the honest truth: electric school buses are here, they’re awesome, and the case for schools adopting them is more compelling than ever.

Going electric

How my weed eater ushered me into the 21st century

The broken cord just hung there, yellowed with age and not sure of what to do or what to be. This particular cord had held for seven years and had served its purpose well—until this balmy July afternoon.

Power Industry

Why we need to electrify everything

What does it take to get fossil fuels out of our lives? A big part of the answer is “the electrification of everything”. No, it’s not just industry jargon—it’s a key concept worth understanding, as it's playing a key role in our transition to a society powered by clean, renewable energy. 

Solar

"Local Energy": why it's happening now

We hear a lot these days about “going local.” We might shop at the farmers market or choose to support mom-and-pop businesses in our community. Yet when it comes to energy, we usually just flip the switch or fill up the tank, without thinking much about it. Fortunately, there are rewarding ways we can go local with our energy, too.

Politics

As governments, businesses, and investors “take ambition to the next level”, it’s time for American households to do the same

On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown ended the Global Climate Action Summit he organized in San Francisco with a rallying cry: “This week, cities, states, businesses, and nonprofits stepped up and took strong action.... Now it’s time to take this momentum back home.”

Video

The new face of energy

The energy transition is happening. Across the world we are seeing radical shifts in how we produce our energy, and how we use. Energy democracy has come to the American household in the form of new products like electric vehicles and affordable solar panels. Products like these provide us with energy independence, more money in our wallets, and a healthier future. This is the new face of energy.

Drawdown

Why we joined the Drawdown Coalition

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with fellow nonprofit Project Drawdown by joining the Drawdown Coalition—a growing network of over 200 researchers, business leaders, policy makers, and solution implementers working towards the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming: Drawdown.  

Video

Wind surpasses hydro

    Wind surpassed hydropower energy as the biggest source of renewable electricity here in the U.S. thanks to a tripling of wind capacity since 2008.1 You may be wondering where are all these wind turbines going up? Well, the top 3 states are Texas, Iowa, and Oklahoma.1So how much power are we actually talking about here? Well, wind now has the capacity to power over 24 million American homes.2 And with wind and solar adding capacity faster than fossil fuels the power industry3 is undergoing a major and profound transformation.

Keep It Cool

O'Malley calls for "seizing America's renewable energy future"

  Highlights from Gov. O'Malley's presentation on 100% clean energy. To learn more about the "New Energy Narrative" click here.   Governor O'Malley delivered a clear call to action on Monday for Americans to make bold strides towards a clean energy future in his talk at Green Builder Media's second annual Sustainability Symposium in Orlando.

Electric Vehicles

Meet your electrified neighbors: 2017 National Drive Electric Week

Ever wonder who exactly is driving those Teslas, Chevy Bolts, and Nissan Leafs around your town? Well those car owners are gathering at an event near you this week, and they’re ready to answer all your burning questions about what life is actually like with an electric vehicle.

Video

Ten reasons why "Keep It Cool" is smart for retailers

    Turn on the local news on any summer day, and there's a decent chance you might hear a familiar story: a regional power company is struggling to meet electricity demand. The power grid strains as we draw megawatts of energy into our homes and businesses to keep them cool during a sweltering hot summer day. Around the country, massive coal-fired power plants are running at full capacity, spewing tons of pollution into the air.

Keep It Cool

Reduce waste while back-to-college shopping

  It's time to decorate you dorm and revive your closet before syllabus week. As you hit the stores for new gear, you have the opportunity to reduce waste and pollution in your hometown or college town and make a difference. Stores are attracting students going back to college with big sales and open doors. But during hot days with the air conditioning running, these open doors waste a lot of energy.

Video

The power industry is changing

    In the power sector, utilities are shifting to clean energy because the economic case is so compelling, and the trends are clear: Over the last five years in the US, the fossil fuel industry has retired more electricity generating capacity than they’ve added—which means they’re closing more power plants than they’re opening. This has resulted in a removal of about 20 gigawatts worth of electricity from fossil fuel sources (that’s about 2% of our total

Video

Why drive an electric vehicle

        These days, there’s good reason to think seriously about buying an electric vehicle. First off, picture this: no more gas stations, transmission repairs, oil changes, or timing belt failures. There are far fewer things to break down, which means lower maintenance costs and fewer trips to the mechanic.1

Featured

The deal with LED lighting

    So what's so awesome about LEDs? Well they're much more affordable now, and they last a long time. With average usage, 1 LED light bulb can last upwards of 40 years, saving you about 25 replacements of your standard incandescent bulb (that's that same technology we've been using for the last...hundred years). Also they're way more efficient. Incandescent bulbs on average release 90% of their energy as heat. LED efficiency is constantly improving, but right now, on average, they use about 75% less energy than your average incandescent bulb.

Video

Solar industry growth

      Today we're going over some exciting numbers from the solar industry. How fast exactly is the industry growing? Well this is the fourth consecutive year that solar industry jobs grew by 20% or more. In comparison, last year, jobs in the U.S. economy grew by only 1.5%.2 So the U.S. solar industry is booming and it now employs more workers than natural gas and more than double the number of workers in the coal industry.3

Wind

The energy transition: a conversation with Jeremy Leggett

Acclaimed writer & social entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett stopped by the Generation 180 office to discuss the trends, narratives, and major events that are together accelerating the global transition to clean energy. He speaks from the perspective of an activist, author, and entrepreneur who has been on the front lines of the energy transition for decades.

Featured

Do your actions matter?

You’ve seen the headlines, read the stories, and now "climate" has officially been added to the list in your head of important, intimidating issues society needs to solve ASAP.

Solar Schools

How to lead the charge to help your schools go solar

Last month, hundreds of thousands of students around the globe walked out of school to speak up for their future and participate in Youth Strike 4 Climate. The actions of young people like Greta Thunberg and her peers around the world continue to spotlight our need for immediate action. This leadership from schoolchildren begs a follow-up question: can our schools—the institutions that shape and prepare our kids—help bring about a clean energy future as well?

Featured

Solar-powered science in Michigan

Part 3 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 as well. The science department at a southeast Michigan high school is now fully powered by solar energy, thanks to the dedication of a teacher and his students. West Bloomfield High School first received a grant for a 3.4 kilowatt (kW) solar array in 2011. This small solar system generated enough energy to power the science classroom of Joshua Barclay, but his students in the E.A.R.T.H. (Environmentally Aware, Ready To Help) Club wanted to do more.  They wanted to leave a lasting legacy by providing the school with free energy for the future.

Featured

The basics of rooftop solar

When it comes to solar panels on homes, a lot of us might categorize ourselves as "curious but clueless". We know the basic idea—that solar can create electricity for your home and reduce your utility bill—but beyond that? The whole matter quickly starts feeling a bit mysterious, a bit like uncharted territory. 

Featured

Ten Tips to Help You Conquer The Energy Challenge

More than ever before, individuals like us can help drive forward our transition to clean energy. We have the power to stand up, speak up, and make smart choices—in how we power our homes, cars, schools, cities—and so much more. We’ve just launched our Energy Challenge to make it simpler and easier to take everyday action in your own life.

Featured

Head of the class: School districts lead the charge towards 100% clean energy

Part 2 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. See part 1 here and part 3 here. With the price of solar installations dropping dramatically in recent years, schools have increasingly taken advantage of the opportunity to cut energy costs by switching to solar. The amount of solar power generated at U.S. schools has grown by 86% since 2014, and a growing number of school districts from coast to coast are leading the charge towards 100% clean energy. The snapshots below illustrate three different models for school districts to achieve energy independence and pull the plug on electric bills.   

Solar

Thor's hammer and the fight against fossil fuels

As energy consumers, we’re on the front lines of an important battle. Until recently, we didn’t have much say in where we got the electricity we need to power our lives, or how much we paid for this privilege. Our energy choices were dictated to us from the outside, and we either had to be willing participants in the system or…live off the grid.

Solar Schools

Seventh grader switches her school to solar

Part 1 of a series of 3 case studies on successful solar school campaigns. See part 2 here.     Montana seventh grader Claire Vlases propelled her independent study project into a transformation of her school to solar power.

Electric Vehicles

This holiday, put an electric vehicle on your wish list

It’s hard to believe they’re still running those ads—you know, the ones where the spouse surprises her partner with a shiny new SUV, festooned with an oversized red bow? We’re pretty sure that’s never happened in real life—but, if your family happens to be in the market for a new vehicle this year, the holidays can be a really good time to buy. And this year, more than ever, you’d do well to consider driving electric.

Politics

The midterms are over—but your role isn't

With the midterm elections now over, there’s a good chance you’re in one of three camps: 1) those that are thrilled over a victory, 2) those feeling dispirited about a loss, or 3) those that have already moved on to thinking about Thanksgiving plans. But just because you’ve cast your vote, this doesn’t mean you have to cast aside your civic mindedness until November 2020.

Going electric

It's time for schools to hop on the (electric) bus

When someone says the words “electric vehicle,” a giant, lumbering, yellow kid-wagon isn’t the first—or the slickest—product that comes to mind. You might not have even known that someone, somewhere, was making such a vehicle. But here’s the honest truth: electric school buses are here, they’re awesome, and the case for schools adopting them is more compelling than ever.

Going electric

How my weed eater ushered me into the 21st century

The broken cord just hung there, yellowed with age and not sure of what to do or what to be. This particular cord had held for seven years and had served its purpose well—until this balmy July afternoon.

Power Industry

Why we need to electrify everything

What does it take to get fossil fuels out of our lives? A big part of the answer is “the electrification of everything”. No, it’s not just industry jargon—it’s a key concept worth understanding, as it's playing a key role in our transition to a society powered by clean, renewable energy. 

Solar

"Local Energy": why it's happening now

We hear a lot these days about “going local.” We might shop at the farmers market or choose to support mom-and-pop businesses in our community. Yet when it comes to energy, we usually just flip the switch or fill up the tank, without thinking much about it. Fortunately, there are rewarding ways we can go local with our energy, too.

Politics

As governments, businesses, and investors “take ambition to the next level”, it’s time for American households to do the same

On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown ended the Global Climate Action Summit he organized in San Francisco with a rallying cry: “This week, cities, states, businesses, and nonprofits stepped up and took strong action.... Now it’s time to take this momentum back home.”

Video

The new face of energy

The energy transition is happening. Across the world we are seeing radical shifts in how we produce our energy, and how we use. Energy democracy has come to the American household in the form of new products like electric vehicles and affordable solar panels. Products like these provide us with energy independence, more money in our wallets, and a healthier future. This is the new face of energy.

Drawdown

Why we joined the Drawdown Coalition

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with fellow nonprofit Project Drawdown by joining the Drawdown Coalition—a growing network of over 200 researchers, business leaders, policy makers, and solution implementers working towards the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming: Drawdown.  

Video

Wind surpasses hydro

    Wind surpassed hydropower energy as the biggest source of renewable electricity here in the U.S. thanks to a tripling of wind capacity since 2008.1 You may be wondering where are all these wind turbines going up? Well, the top 3 states are Texas, Iowa, and Oklahoma.1So how much power are we actually talking about here? Well, wind now has the capacity to power over 24 million American homes.2 And with wind and solar adding capacity faster than fossil fuels the power industry3 is undergoing a major and profound transformation.

Keep It Cool

O'Malley calls for "seizing America's renewable energy future"

  Highlights from Gov. O'Malley's presentation on 100% clean energy. To learn more about the "New Energy Narrative" click here.   Governor O'Malley delivered a clear call to action on Monday for Americans to make bold strides towards a clean energy future in his talk at Green Builder Media's second annual Sustainability Symposium in Orlando.

Electric Vehicles

Meet your electrified neighbors: 2017 National Drive Electric Week

Ever wonder who exactly is driving those Teslas, Chevy Bolts, and Nissan Leafs around your town? Well those car owners are gathering at an event near you this week, and they’re ready to answer all your burning questions about what life is actually like with an electric vehicle.

Video

Ten reasons why "Keep It Cool" is smart for retailers

    Turn on the local news on any summer day, and there's a decent chance you might hear a familiar story: a regional power company is struggling to meet electricity demand. The power grid strains as we draw megawatts of energy into our homes and businesses to keep them cool during a sweltering hot summer day. Around the country, massive coal-fired power plants are running at full capacity, spewing tons of pollution into the air.

Keep It Cool

Reduce waste while back-to-college shopping

  It's time to decorate you dorm and revive your closet before syllabus week. As you hit the stores for new gear, you have the opportunity to reduce waste and pollution in your hometown or college town and make a difference. Stores are attracting students going back to college with big sales and open doors. But during hot days with the air conditioning running, these open doors waste a lot of energy.

Video

The power industry is changing

    In the power sector, utilities are shifting to clean energy because the economic case is so compelling, and the trends are clear: Over the last five years in the US, the fossil fuel industry has retired more electricity generating capacity than they’ve added—which means they’re closing more power plants than they’re opening. This has resulted in a removal of about 20 gigawatts worth of electricity from fossil fuel sources (that’s about 2% of our total

Video

Why drive an electric vehicle

        These days, there’s good reason to think seriously about buying an electric vehicle. First off, picture this: no more gas stations, transmission repairs, oil changes, or timing belt failures. There are far fewer things to break down, which means lower maintenance costs and fewer trips to the mechanic.1

Featured

The deal with LED lighting

    So what's so awesome about LEDs? Well they're much more affordable now, and they last a long time. With average usage, 1 LED light bulb can last upwards of 40 years, saving you about 25 replacements of your standard incandescent bulb (that's that same technology we've been using for the last...hundred years). Also they're way more efficient. Incandescent bulbs on average release 90% of their energy as heat. LED efficiency is constantly improving, but right now, on average, they use about 75% less energy than your average incandescent bulb.

Video

Solar industry growth

      Today we're going over some exciting numbers from the solar industry. How fast exactly is the industry growing? Well this is the fourth consecutive year that solar industry jobs grew by 20% or more. In comparison, last year, jobs in the U.S. economy grew by only 1.5%.2 So the U.S. solar industry is booming and it now employs more workers than natural gas and more than double the number of workers in the coal industry.3

Wind

The energy transition: a conversation with Jeremy Leggett

Acclaimed writer & social entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett stopped by the Generation 180 office to discuss the trends, narratives, and major events that are together accelerating the global transition to clean energy. He speaks from the perspective of an activist, author, and entrepreneur who has been on the front lines of the energy transition for decades.

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