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Nancy Anderson, Ph.D.

Energy Democracy Rising

February 11, 2016

By: Nancy Anderson, Ph.D.

Sociologists who study social movements grapple with characterizing their subject matter. For some, movements arise to solve problems by way of executing specific agendas. Others postulate that problem-solving agendas can emerge for groups that started out in search of solutions to another problem. Today's quest for "energy democracy" in cities like New York is arising from a social movement matrix demanding more affordable housing as it finds common cause with urban climate movement activists and professionals calling for energy efficiency buildings and replacing fossil fuels for heating, cooling and electricity, with renewable energy.

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Ken Levenson, A.I.A.

Passive House Emerges in New York: Effective and Affordable

March 10, 2016

By: Ken Levenson, A.I.A.

At long last climate science, public policy and effective remedial actions are coming into growing alignment and Passive House is amassing real-world validation as a powerful tool to achieve needed results. Here's what's been happening.

The science of climate change is now strong enough to alarm even the normally complacent. As Justin Gillis reported in The New York Times recently, scientists now believe runaway global warming could likely require the abandonment of our coastal cities in the 22nd Century and beyond. The constituent horrors of such prospects are simply magnitudes beyond anything humanity has faced in history.

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