Category Archives: Energy Conservation

The answer is blowing in the wind

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What’s the answer to clean energy?

It’s swirling around you.  It’s wind.

Wind power has become a major driver for a sustainable energy future.

Last year, $112.5 billion was invested in wind power globally, and the industry now employs 1.2 million people making it one of the fastest growing industrial segments in the world.

Wind power is already a low-cost option for new power capacity in rapidly increasing number of markets. In 2016, unsubsidized new renewable power was cheaper than fossil fuels in over 30 countries, and by 2025 that will be the case in most countries around the world.

On Global Wind Day,  we salute our project, Sane Energy, working to create sustainable energy sources and changing the use of fossil fuel. Consider a donation today.

11 years after “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

On this day in 2006, a controversial murder mystery documentary debuted: Who Killed the Electric Car? from writer/director Chris Paine. The film was the third highest-grossing theatrical documentary of 2006 and screened with An Inconvenient Truth in many markets.

The film investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. Through interviews and narrative, the film paints a picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper then its ability to embrace ready solutions.

Take a look at the trailer:

In 2012, as Paine saw electric cars coming back from extinction, he made a follow up film, Revenge of the Electric CarCheck it out:

Today, electric cars are in demand, thanks in part to environmental awareness. Currently more than a half million electric vehicles are on the road today.

And many cities are embracing them to become carbon neutral. Check out Menlo Spark who is in the driver seat in Northern California to kick gas by supporting alternative vehicles to reduce carbon emissions.

Root Solutions and the Story of Stuff

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RSIt’s very exciting to see one of our projects, Root Solutions, featured for the cool work that they are doing, and what better place to be featured than on the Story of Stuff Project blog?

Root Solutions is dedicated to providing conservationists and policy makers with tools and resources informed by the proven methods of behavioral science, allowing them to create more effective campaigns, polices and strategies that reflect how people process information and make decisions. With techniques like, “green nudges,” people can be motivated to use behavior that is  both good for them and good for the environment.

The project is the brainchild of Nya Van Leuvan and Rod Fujita, who met at the Environmental Defense Fund where they led the introduction of decision science to their colleagues. The project is also producing a book called “Choices for Change: Using Behavioral Insights to Save the Planet,” which they hope will help policy-makers, advocates, and the general public understand how to frame and encourage behavior that makes conservation a part of our daily lives.

Read more about how behavioral science can improve conservation outcomes at the Root Solutions  website and on the Story of Stuff blog!

T4CI welcomes Menlo Spark!

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usca32878The Trust for Conservation Innovation (T4CI) is pleased to announce that Menlo Spark is now part of our community of projects focusing on Energy Efficiency & Urban Infrastructure! A Bay Area initiative, Menlo Spark seeks to establish a zero net carbon dioxide pollution for all buildings, land uses, and vehicles originating in Menlo Park, CA. As the problems of climate change loom increasingly large in the future, Menlo Park and similar cities will eventually be required by state and national mandates to pursue more aggressive climate action. By being an early adopter, Menlo Park can create a test bed for innovation and ease its inevitable transition to a low- or zero-carbon economy.
Menlo Spark’s dedication to environmental progress stems from their pride in the city’s civic heritage, and their desire to make Menlo Park a national leader in sustainability and climate action.

Learn more about Menlo Spark’s mission and work by checking them out online at:
T4CI’s Profile Page
Menlo Spark’s website

Welcome, Building Codes Assistance Project!

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We are excited to welcome the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) to our growing portfolio of energy projects.  First established in 1994 as a joint initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, BCAP is well-recognized in local, regional, national and international energy circles as the “go-to” resource for energy code support, coordination, technical assistance, and code-related news and information.

Want to learn more about BCAP’s work?  Check them out at any of the following online locations:



Welcome, Sane Energy Project!

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TCI is excited to welcome Sane Energy Project to our growing portfolio of projects.  Based in New York, Sane Energy Project works to encourage a rapid transition to renewable energy and zero fossil fuel dependence.  Sane’s education and action initiatives focus around five main issues: (1) the threats to New York State from encroaching shale gas infrastructure, (2) the danger that fracking poses to our foodshed, (3) the danger of radon in shale gas, (4) sustainable options for boiler conversions, and (4) the true feasibility of converting to renewable energy as the only sane energy future.

Learn more about Sane Energy Project.