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Energy Storage  -  May 22, 2024 - By Amazon Staff

How Amazon is harnessing solar energy, batteries, and AI to help decarbonize the grid

At Amazon, artificial intelligence is helping solar-plus-storage projects provide power even when the sun isn’t shining. Amazon teams are currently developing an AI model that will leverage machine learning capabilities, along with performance data from Amazon rooftop solar arrays, to help its San Bernardino Air Hub and other buildings minimize energy usage.

GHG Emissions  -  May 1, 2024 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

General Motors: Using Data Visualization to Navigate Decarbonization

General Motors (GM) has publicly committed to reducing its energy consumption, water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions across its 118 U.S. sites. All sites were tasked with evaluating potential contributions to the goal, as well as mapping glide paths to the targets. This column from Better Buildings explains how GM developed a new Energy and Carbon Optimization (ECO) Metrics Dashboard to standardize the process and help energy managers and plant leadership track monthly performance for energy, water, and emissions and estimate site-specific potential savings from their existing project roadmap.

GHG Emissions  -  April 24, 2024 - By Diana Lee, IMT

10 Years of Green Lease Leaders: Looking at the Past and Present

Over the past 10 years, Green Lease Leaders has evolved to encourage continued green leasing best practice enhancement and encompass a wider range of property types around the world.  In this column from IMT's Diana Lee, we celebrate the program's milestone anniversary and its role in strengthening relationships between landlords and tenants in service of advancing asset-level decarbonization and sustainability initiatives,

GHG Emissions  -  April 12, 2024

Pace University: Coordinated Energy Management Strategy

To stay on track with their energy commitments, Pace University created a Coordinated Energy Management program that is focused on eliminating wasteful energy behaviors. In this column from Better Buildings, learn how the university brought on two full-time energy specialists to improve building management systems by matching HVAC equipment to occupancy, providing continuous audits of building space, enforcing a set point policy, and alerting facilities staff of equipment that may be wasting energy.

April 8, 2024 - By Melanie Nakagawa, Microsoft

Sustainable by Design: Advancing the Sustainability of AI

During the past year, the pace of AI adoption has accelerated significantly, ushering in groundbreaking advances, discoveries and solutions with the potential to help address humanity’s biggest problems. In this column, Melanie Nakagawa, Microsoft's Chief Sustainability Officer, explains how the company's commitment to responsible AI will focus on optimizing data center energy and water efficiency, advancing low-carbon materials, and improving the energy efficiency of AI and cloud services.

GHG Emissions  -  April 1, 2024 - By Department of Energy

Chemicals Value Chain Decarbonization: Integrated Solutions for a Complex Challenge

Decarbonizing the chemicals sector is an essential part of the strategy to achieve a strong, competitive, and net-zero industrial sector of the future. Learn how the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) is pursuing ambitious pathways to support technology development and collaboration across the entire chemicals value chain.

GHG Emissions  -  March 27, 2024 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy

Celanese Corporation: Upgrading Enterprise-Wide Environmental and Sustainability Data Reporting Systems

Celanese Corporation sought to improve and expand its ability to report Environmental, Social, and Governance data to stakeholders by housing all sustainability data in a single IT platform. Follow this fast-paced project that was implemented over 14 months to improve the accuracy and completeness of ESG data across 35 diverse and complex manufacturing plants in 19 countries.

GHG Emissions  -  March 25, 2024 - By General Motors

GM Fuel Cell Pilot Program Extends Beyond Hydrogen Trucks to Create Blueprint for Low-Emissions Worksites

When it comes to electrification, GM is serious about introducing a range of zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles and applications. In this column, learn about GM’s latest fuel cell-related project: a hydrogen-based worksite ecosystem, centered around its fleet of medium-duty fuel cell trucks. With funding from the Department of Energy, GM is spearheading a pilot program that demonstrates real-life applications of fuel cells for fleet and commercial customers.  

Commercial  -  March 8, 2024

Get to Know SED's 2024 WISE Award Winners

Smart Energy Decisions presented the third annual WISE (Women in Smart Energy) Awards at our recent Net Zero Forum. As part of International Women’s Day, we want to share details on these winners and raise the profile of the important work being done by women in energy and sustainability.

Energy Efficiency  -  March 4, 2024

Lockheed Martin: Driving Company-wide Energy and Water Efficiency Through the Energy Playbook

Since the inception of its Go Green program in 2007, Lockheed Martin has implemented and refined its energy management program to meet the various iterations of company goals. In this column from Better Buildings, learn how challenges posed by energy and water efficiency accounting and renewable energy opportunities were overcome with the creation of the Lockheed Martin Energy Playbook (EPB).
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