We heart ownership

Matt Mellen, Campaign Director of Trillion Fund, explains how community ownership of renewable energy projects allows people to consolidate their position, get a better deal and build up resilience to future shocks.

© BedZED low carbon community, UK

Contemporary capitalism has resulted in a concentration of wealth and power at the top of multi-national corporations and in the hands of a few ultra-influential individuals. Today, decisions about the fundamentals of how we live, eat and power our homes are often made in boardrooms many miles from where we live – quite possibly in another country.   [Read more →]

January 28, 2013   No Comments

The Future of Gulf Cities

© Suzanne Schenk

An expert hearing on regenerative urban development in the Gulf taking place in Dubai? Isn’t that a contradiction in itself? Well, 45 international participants from politics, practitioners, academia, business and civil society concluded after three days of intense discussion: there is no better place to discuss the future of Gulf cities than Dubai.

This city shows us both what can be done and what must be done. Its growth from a small trading port on the edge of the desert to a global city in just a few decades shows the power of visionary leadership. [Read more →]

September 26, 2012   No Comments

Ice cream is helping power Cleveland

© Jackie Kever

Ice cream will be more than just a tasty treat in Cleveland this August. Leftover ice cream mix from Cleveland-based Pierre’s Ice Cream is now one of the fuels going into Cleveland’s new biomass anaerobic digestion power facility. Collinwood BioEnergy, like other biomass processing plants, produces renewable energy through digesting organic matter and producing biogas which is in turn converted into electricity. It is one of eleven projects that won federal stimulus funding under an Ohio state programme to turn municipal waste into energy. [Read more →]

August 13, 2012   2 Comments