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Meter-ology

Part 1 of interview with local-food economist Ken Meter [PODCAST]

Local food economist Ken Meter(Jerry Carlson/Agri-Energy)Ken Meter, director of Minneapolis-based Crossroads Resource Center, is probably the country’s foremost thinker on the role of food in creating robust local and regional economies. I first encountered him …

not forcing a james connection at all

The future of Rust Belt cities in the post-LeBron era

     Keith AllisonContrived news hooks based on LeBron James are so last week, but Aaron Renn at New Geography has a good link between the departing free agent and a struggling Rust Belt city: …

RAILBLAZING

Does New York City’s High Line park matter in the fight against climate change?

1 hr photo via FlickrThe best use for elevated transit tracks is running trains on them. But the next best use might be beautiful, innovative green space, like the newish High Line park built on …

Pace re-maker

House Democrats introduce bill to defend PACE clean-energy program

Thirty House Democrats signed on to a new bill on Thursday that would save Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, which have been under attack from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. PACE is …

Ain't cool to be hot

These heating and cooling engineers are licensed to make you laugh [VIDEO]

The admirable folks at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have put out the most unintentionally hilarious/awkward recruiting video I’ve ever seen. In case you’re not familiar, ASHRAE’s engineers are aiming …

SEE YOU IN COURT

California attorney general sues Fannie & Freddie over PACE clean-energy programs

Jerry Brown wants to face Fannie and Freddie down.California Attorney General (and candidate for governor) Jerry Brown sued Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac today for blocking Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. There’s a good …

Hitachi and Schwarzenegger

Hitachi’s Plant Technologies division and two cities in Japan are selling treated sewage water to an iron ore mining company in West Australia for use in industrial processes that today consume scarce drinking water. Ore …

power of babylon

Long Island town threatens to sue Fannie & Freddie over clean-energy program

Here’s the latest in the dispute with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a finance tool that helps homeowners cut energy waste: Babylon, N.Y., Supervisor Steve Bellone tells Fannie and …

Fannie & Freddie, are you listening?

Energy efficiency helps homeowners avoid foreclosure

Energy-efficient homes have significantly lower default and delinquency rates than typical homes, according to an internal analysis conducted for a major financial institution last year. Here’s yet another reason why it makes no sense that …