One type of microgrid technology is a fuel cell, such as this Bloom Energy Server at the six-acre (2.4 ha) DreamWorks SKG animation headquarters in Glendale, California. Fuel cells power the campus by converting fuel into electricity through an electrochemical process that is cleaner than thermal combustion. (Bloom Energy)Sustainability

A Developing Front in Resilience: Electricity Microgrids

At some forward-thinking projects, developers are taking control of the electric supply into their own hands.

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Finding Funding for Much-Needed Infrastructure Improvements

As part of the proposed budget, President Obama is again saying that now is the time to invest in U.S. infrastructure, calling for $478 billion in additional spending. But the development of alternative financing has recently gained some momentum.

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Can Melbourne Lower Its Average Temperature by 7 Degrees?

Six years after a deadly heat wave, Melbourne has adopted climate-change policies which include an initiative to do what might seem impossible: to reduce the central city’s average temperature by 7 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) by 2030.

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Regional Partnerships Driving Bicycle “Superhighways” in Denmark

Each weekday morning, hundreds of commuters in the municipality of Furesø get on their bikes for the one-hour ride into Copenhagen, Denmark.

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