Energy for Sustainability

Author: John Randolph
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1597261033
Format: PDF, ePub
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Energy for Sustainability is the first undergraduate textbook on renewable energy and energy efficiency with a unique focus on the community scale. Written by two of the foremost experts in the field, it is a pedagogically complete treatment of energy sources and uses. It examines the full range of issues—from generating technologies to land use planning—in making the transition to sustainable energy. The book begins by providing a historical perspective on energy use by human civilizations and then covers energy fundamentals and trends; buildings and energy; sustainable electricity; sustainable transportation and land use; and energy policy and planning. Included in these topical areas are in-depth discussions of all of the most promising sources of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, and biofuels. In addition, the authors offer a thorough presentation of “green” building design, the impact of land use and transportation patterns on energy use, and the policies needed to transform energy markets at the local, state, and national levels. Throughout, the authors first provide the necessary theory and then demonstrate how it can be applied, utilizing cutting-edge practices and technologies, and the most current available data. Since the dawn of the industrial age, the explosive growth in economic productivity has been fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas. World energy use nearly doubled between 1975 and 2005. China’s energy use has been doubling every decade. The implications for the environment are staggering. One way or another, our reliance on fossil fuels will have to end. Energy for Sustainability evaluates the alternatives and helps students understand how, with good planning and policy decisions, renewable energy and efficiency can support world demands at costs we can afford—economically, environmentally, and socially.

Energy for Sustainability Second Edition

Author: John Randolph
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610918215
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The most comprehensive textbook on this topic,Energy for Sustainability, Second Editiontakes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to help techies and policymakers alike understand the policy and social mechanisms required to enable conversion to efficient and renewable energy that is clean, affordable, and secure. Major revisions to this edition reflect the current changes in technology and energy use and focus on new analyses, data, and methods necessary to understand and actively participate in the transition to sustainable energy. Throughout the book, analytical methods for energy and economic analysis and design give users a quantitative appreciation for and understanding of energy systems. Randolph and Masters use case studies extensively to demonstrate current experience and illustrate possibilities.

Local Climate Action Planning

Author: Michael R. Boswell
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610912012
Format: PDF, Docs
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Climate change is a global problem, but the problem begins locally. Cities consume 75% of the world's energy and emit 80% of the world's greenhouse gases. Changing the way we build and operate our cities can have major effects on greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, communities across the U.S. are responding to the climate change problem by making plans that assess their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and specify actions they will take to reduce these emissions. This is the first book designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop Climate Action Plans. CAPs are strategic plans that establish policies and programs for mitigating a community's greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. They typically focus on transportation, energy use, and solid waste, and often differentiate between community-wide actions and municipal agency actions. CAPs are usually based on GHG emissions inventories, which indentify the sources of emissions from the community and quantify the amounts. Additionally, many CAPs include a section addressing adaptation-how the community will respond to the impacts of climate change on the community, such as increased flooding, extended drought, or sea level rise. With examples drawn from actual plans, Local Climate Action Planning guides preparers of CAPs through the entire plan development process, identifying the key considerations and choices that must be made in order to assure that a plan is both workable and effective.

Handbook of Research on Developing Sustainable Value in Economics Finance and Marketing

Author: Akkucuk, Ulas
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1466666366
Format: PDF
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In an age of rising environmental concerns, it has become necessary for businesses to pay special attention to the resources they are consuming and the long-term effects of the products they are creating. These concerns, coupled with the current global economic crisis, demand a solution that includes not only business, but politics, ecology, and culture as well. The Handbook of Research on Developing Sustainable Value in Economics, Finance, and Marketing provides the latest empirical research findings on how sustainable development can work not just for organizations, but for the global economy as a whole. This book is an essential reference source for professionals and researchers in various fields including economics, finance, marketing, operations management, communication sciences, sociology, and information technology.

Handbook of Research on Waste Management Techniques for Sustainability

Author: Akkucuk, Ulas
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1466697245
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Sustainability is a growing area of research in ecology, economics, environmental science, business, and cultural studies. Specifically, sustainable waste disposal and management is a growing concern as both solid and liquid wastes are rapidly expanding in direct correlation with population growth and improved economic conditions across regions. The Handbook of Research on Waste Management Techniques for Sustainability explores the topic of sustainable development in an era where domestic and municipal waste is becoming a concern for both human and environmental health. Highlighting a number of topics relating to pollution, green initiatives, and waste reduction in both the public and private sector, this research-based publication is designed for use by environmental scientists, business executives, researchers, graduate-level students, and policymakers seeking the latest information on sustainability in business, medicine, agriculture, and society.

Die dritte industrielle Revolution

Author: Jeremy Rifkin
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593394529
Format: PDF, ePub
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Nach den Umstürzen in der Arabischen Welt und der Atomkatastrophe von Japan steht fest: Wir brauchen eine Abkehr von fossilen Energien und mit Atomkraft ist die Wende nicht zu machen. Kanzlerin Merkel will Deutschland zum Ökostromland umbauen, doch der Ausstieg aus der Kernenergie hat seinen Preis für Bürger, Unternehmen und die Politik. Er wird die Fundamente der Gesellschaft verändern. Schon heute entstehen Tag für Tag ganze Stadtteile, in denen eine neue Ära von Mobilität, Wohnen, Bildung und Energiegewinnung Wirklichkeit wird – und Jeremy Rifkin ist ihr Chefplaner. Er berichtet von den Begegnungen mit den Topmanagern großer Konzerne wie IBM, Siemens, EnBW, Daimler und nimmt den Leser mit in die Hinterzimmer von Spitzenpolitikern wie Angela Merkel, David Cameron oder Romano Prodi, wo er unermüdlich für eine neue Welt eintritt. Sein Buch ist der faszinierende Werkstattbericht eines Insiders über Zukunftstechnologien, die grüne Exportschlager werden können.

Synergies for Sustainable Energy

Author: Elvin Yuzugullu
Publisher: Artech House
ISBN: 1608075435
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Here’s a one-stop volume that addresses the complete range of clean energy technologies and associated issues. The book highlights synergistic opportunities, showing you how energy efforts in different sectors can be integrated to leverage each one’s strength. Moreover, you discover what these opportunities mean at local, regional, and global scales, and learn how different stakeholder priorities can be managed. You get a global snapshot of critical energy considerations, including the status of resources, consumption trends, technology development and learn how these factors are effected by related social, political, and environmental issues. You are guided through each of the various clean energy technologies, gaining knowledge of important facts, technology basics, key players, markets, relevant analyses and results, and challenges and opportunities.This valuable reference gives you practical tools to aid in decision-making efforts and case studies that provide a real-world perspective.

Smart City Stadt der Zukunft

Author: Chirine Etezadzadeh
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658097957
Format: PDF, ePub
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​Das hier entwickelte Konzept einer lebenswerten Smart City betont die Relevanz der Funktionsfähigkeit und integrierten Resilienz zukunftsfähiger Städte. Die fortschreitende Digitalisierung wird kritisch beleuchtet und der revolutionierte Energiesektor als Fundament des urbanen Lebens erkannt. Das Konzept macht den Menschen und die natürliche Umwelt zum Ausgangspunkt der Betrachtung, was in einem erweiterten Nachhaltigkeitsbegriff und einer ergänzten Produkttheorie resultiert. Die Smart City 2.0 ist ein Chancenraum für ihre Bewohner und ein attraktiver Zukunftsmarkt für innovative Produkte und Dienstleistungen, doch stellt sie die Akteure und Produktentwickler vor vielfältige Herausforderungen.

Smart Energy

Author: Hans-Gerd Servatius
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783642218200
Format: PDF, Docs
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Namhafte Autoren aus Wissenschaft und Praxis beschreiben in diesem Buch, wie der Wandel des Energiesektors in Richtung auf mehr Nachhaltigkeit gelingen kann. Eine wichtige Rolle spielen dabei die sogenannten Smart-Technologien. In Kapiteln zu neuen Geschäftsmodellen, intelligenten Gebäuden, der Transformation zu Smart Grids, Smart Cities und Elektromobilität vermitteln die Autoren ihre neu gewonnenen Erkenntnisse auf den Gebieten Innovationsmanagement und Nachhaltigkeitsforschung sowie ihre Erfahrung mit zukunftsweisenden Projekten im Energiesektor.