Last week’s Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles, California, showcased clear commitments by U.S. and Chinese states, provinces, and major cities to address climate change—in many cases beyond national targets. And with the signing of a series of MOUs, it also cemented efforts by the two countries to deepen and strengthen cooperation by governments, the private sector, and NGOs. Continue reading

At a White House event in August, 13 of America’s biggest companies pledged to cut their carbon emissions, representing a total of at least $140 billion in new low-carbon investment. This in turn will create good jobs, strengthen national security, and keep our air and water clean and healthy. Read more about it. Continue reading

A new study finds that, in the past three years, the Northeast’s cap-and-trade program added $1.3 billion in economic value to the nine-state region, led to the creation of more than 14,200 new job years, and cut electricity and heating bills, saving consumers $460 million. States participating in the program have found that “regulating carbon emissions from power plants through market-based mechanisms goes hand in hand with economic benefits.” Continue reading

We want to share this opinion piece by Larry Kramer, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Carol Larson, President of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. It appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.   Foundations Must Move Fast to Fight Climate Change By Larry Kramer and Carol Larson Climate change is the… Continue reading

The Midwest’s annual Clean Energy Challenge honors the longstanding American traditions of innovation and competition. One winner, for example, has developed a method for storing gases that is more efficient and safer than traditional compression, and less energy intensive. Learn about all of the winners and find out how they’re helping to build the clean energy economy. Continue reading

Adam Reich is an Army veteran who began working in Illinois’ clean energy industry last year and is using his vocational training to help Scranton Heating and Cooling’s customers save energy and money. He’s one of several workers profiled in a new report about clean energy jobs in the state. The survey found that 96,875 people currently work in the clean energy sector of Illinois’ economy and the numbers are projected to grow by 9 percent in 2014. Continue reading

Our nation’s electricity system is undergoing a rapid and profound transformation. We are at a pivotal point in America’s energy history. America’s Power Plan is a project designed to facilitate discussion about decisions and investments that will shape the course of the power sector, the economy, national security, and the climate for decades to come. Continue reading

An annual census of solar-industry jobs shows that solar employment grew 19.9 percent—faster than the national average employment rate—adding 23,682 new jobs in 2013. The industry has grown 53 percent in the past four years alone, adding nearly 50,000 jobs. The census is conducted by The Solar Foundation, an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization. Continue reading