- When Cornell University competed in 2011 to develop an applied science and engineering campus in New York City, part of its pitch was that it would construct an academic building that would be close to net zero for energy. It won. Now, with work well underway, the Bloomberg Center building is expected to be finished by September. [New York Times]
- A growing number of large Michigan businesses that want their electricity to come from renewable sources. Consumers Energy responded by filing a “Voluntary Large Customer Renewable Energy Pilot Program” with the Michigan Public Service Commission. The program is available to customers with a load of at least 1 MW. [MiBiz]
- 314 Action is a new organization working to promote pro-science issues in government and help science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals increase their numbers in politics. So far, 5,000 scientists across the country have responded and said they are willing to run for office, exceeding all expectations. [Voice of America]
- Three in four Australians understand that climate warming poses a “catastrophic risk,” even as the Australian government turns a blind eye. According to a survey for the Global Challenges Forum, 84% of 8000 people surveyed in eight countries consider climate change a “global catastrophic risk.” The Australian figure was 75%. [RenewEconomy]
- Tribal lawmakers, federal agencies, and private industry are working to plan a future of Navajo Generating Station. A study commissioned by the coal supplier, Peabody Energy, says the plant would be economically viable through 2040. But separate reports by the plant’s owners and the Sierra Club and say that study is very wrong. [Arizona Daily Sun]
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