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Energy Efficiency  -  August 8, 2022 - By Better Buildings

Whole Foods Market Reaches, Exceeds Better Buildings Challenge Goal

In 2013, Whole Foods Market became the first grocery partner to join the Better Buildings Challenge, committing to a 20% improvement in energy use intensity by 2023 across its building portfolio of more than 12 million square feet. In this column, learn how Whole Foods Market surpassed that goal two years ahead of schedule, achieving a 21% energy reduction.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  July 27, 2022 - By DiCE (Diversity in Clean Energy)

Applying a Regeneration Framework to Clean Energy

“Global Warming... is an offering to re-imagine who we are and what we can create with our minds, our heart, and our brilliance." This column, the second in a series from DiCE (Diversity in Clean Energy) highlights two diverse-owned corporations in the clean energy sector who have been instrumental in shaping the DiCE initiative.
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July 22, 2022 - By AB Ghosh, Hemlock Semiconductor

Now Is Our Moment To Create a Resilient, Equitable, Environmentally Sustainable Solar Supply Chain

Clean energy procurement now means focusing on resilience, prioritizing community stakeholder needs, and optimizing carbon impact. In this column, AB Ghosh of Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC) explains why energy customers have an opportunity and obligation to lead in this evolved energy market using collective buying power to build a domestic solar supply chain.
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Utilities  -  July 21, 2022 - By Darren Legge, Ndustrial

Hot Texas Summer

You already know Texas electricity prices can spike dramatically. Are you ready for a record-breaking summer? In this column, Darren Legge of Ndustrial explains how large energy users can find ways to manage their risk.
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July 15, 2022

Partner Post: Focus on your business, not what powers it

You’re facing a rapidly changing business landscape – corporate sustainability goals, the demands of a fast-growing business, aging equipment and the increasing need for power reliability. In this video from Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, learn about designing a solution to help you reach your business objectives.
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July 13, 2022 - By Tim Carter and Bridget Flynn, Second Nature

A “Whole-of-Higher-Ed” Approach to Energy Solutions

While there clearly has been progress in higher education to help deploy climate and clean energy solutions, the key question now is, “Is the sector doing enough?” In this column, Tim Carter and Bridget Flynn of Second Nature explore how leveraging academic and educational resources could expand campus climate solution activity beyond its own needs and could allow new cross-sector partnerships to emerge.
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July 6, 2022 - By Jonathan Tan and Peter Cooke, Ratio Institute

Let’s Measure Sustainability with an Aim to Improve Operational Performance and Profits

There has been a sharp increase in the number of food retail chains that collect sustainability data and publish sustainability reports. However, there is much room for improvement in how companies measure sustainability and use data-driven insights to inform operational improvements. In this column, Peter Cooke and Jonathan Tan of Ratio Institute review common problems and offer new approaches for successful sustainability reporting.
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June 22, 2022 - By Amy Bond (T-Mobile) and Cheryl Comer (Duke Energy)

A Letter from Diversity in Clean Energy (DiCE)

In this letter to the Clean Energy Industry, Amy Bond of T-Mobile and Cheryl Comer of Duke Energy introduce Diversity in Clean Energy (DiCE), an action-based coalition working to advocate, utilize, and open doors of opportunity for diverse-owned businesses that operate within the clean energy value chain through collaborative efforts and collective influence. 
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Solar  -  June 20, 2022 - By Abayomi Lowe, BOSS

Supporting a Just and Equitable Clean Energy Transition

A complete and successful energy sector transition is only possible if the transition to clean energy is just and equitable. This column from BOSS (Black Owners of Solar Services) explores the immense opportunity for energy equity in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry.
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June 15, 2022 - By Better Buildings

Catholic University of America Preps Students for a Changing Climate

Better Buildings Challenge partner The Catholic University of America (CUA) isn’t just increasing energy efficiency: they’re also working to foster next generation of the buildings and decarbonization workforce. In this column, the Better Buildings Beat Team describes bringingtogether speakers from government, industry, universities, and nonprofits to cultivate connections among students, professionals, and university members.
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