Kickboxing for kilowatts: How competition cut office energy use

Kickboxing for kilowatts: How competition cut office energy use

Can a trophy and some friendly competition among employees actually spur the type of behavioral change that can power energy savings for businesses?

It’s an interesting question, given that businesses — not to mention the energy efficiency industry — have historically focused on upgrades to equipment and facilities as the primary way to reduce energy costs. Changing employee behavior as a means to significantly reduce energy consumption has largely been ignored. Sigue leyendo

Conferencia Mundial de Turismo Responsable discute los desafíos de Brasil

Conferencia MTR discute los desafíos de BrasilLa Conferencia Mundial de Turismo Responsable, que comenzó hoy en Sao Paulo, discutirá hasta el próximo miércoles los desafíos de Brasil en los próximos años, cuando el país recibirá diversos eventos internacionales. «Nunca vamos a estar satisfechos, pues aunque en los últimos años la alta gerencia de turismo en Brasil evidenció una caída, vimos también un considerable aumento en la parte de gastronomía y en la realización de eventos», señaló a Efe Mariana Aldrigu, del comité organizador del evento. Sigue leyendo

Will China’s eco-city of the future be built around cars?

Will China's eco-city of the future be built around cars?

In Tianjin, China, a city about 100 miles south of Beijing, urban planners are building an entirely new mini-city from scratch. It is to be China’s green city on the hill, an eco-friendly model to the world and a way forward into the future.

Yet with such a forward-looking project, cars aplenty still feature in the design. It leads to an unavoidable question while authorities are thinking big and spending lots of money: Is it really so hard to draw up a future without cars? Many think communities less centered on the personal automobile are an attainable goal. Sigue leyendo