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Do you know where the electricity in your house comes from? Coal? Solar? Nuclear? The answer impacts everything from climate change to environmental justice. That’s why we write stories about the local effort to make Austin’s energy supply more sustainable.

Reducing the cost of solar

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – Chemical engineering students are experimenting
with technology that could reduce the cost of a solar array from more
than $20,000 to less than $2,000
. View Austin American Statesman article:

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Texas–Where Everything’s Bigger (including emissions)

“If Texas were its own country, it would rank sixth out of 184 countries in the world in total [greenhouse gas] emissions, trailing just China, Russia, Germnay [sic], Japan, and the United Kingdom,” says a Greenpeace report released May 27.


Katherine Gregor reports briefly on this in the Chronicle here,
although it’s oddly inaccurate.

You can read Greenpeace’s own article on the United States and Texas’ disproportionate share of greenhouse gas emissions here:

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permaculture principles applied to industry

Hi Everyone,

Paul Hawken’s book The Ecology of Commerce has a description of an industrial park in Denmark where every company’s waste products become inputs for another company, resulting in a zero-waste closed-loop system. Although Hawken never uses the word “permaculture,” the following is an excellent example of how permaculture design principles can (and should) be applied to industry and commerce:

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a job posting from the State Energy Conservation Office

LOCATION: 111 E. 17th Street

WORK HOURS: Grant Funded: Continued employment depends on the availability of federal funding and is otherwise “at-will.” 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 40 hours. Occasional weekend and/or late-evening work may be required. Actual work hours may change based on business need. Must be able to work flexible hours during legislative sessions; and, as needed.


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Business Development Manager–Carbon Clear job posting

Dear Friends,

Carbon Clear, a new green company in Austin, is looking to fill the
position of Business Development Manager. Note, the closing date is May 20,

Looking very forward to hearing from interested and qualified applicants!


The Carbon Clear Team

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