Emissions Caps for Electricity

Emissions Caps for Electricity

Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Description: This map shows states that cap greenhouse gas emissions through performance standards or through cap and trade systems.
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100% Renewable Energy - and Beyond - for Cities

100% Renewable Energy - and Beyond - for Cities

Date: March 2010
Creator: Droege, Peter
Description: This booklet sketches out the options and the processes that have started to transform urban energy systems. The document promotes carbon neutrality for communities and cities and argues that even the largest cities can make this transition, drawing on renewable energy supplies from within their boundaries, as well as from farther away. In addition to assuring urban energy security, these developments can also stimulate the growth of a very large new green economy sector.
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Fueling sustainable development: The energy productivity solution

Fueling sustainable development: The energy productivity solution

Date: October 2008
Creator: McKinsey Global Institute
Description: The booklet describes the mounting policy and business concerns surrounding the supply of energy and argues that the most cost-effective way to address these concerns is through improving energy productivity and adopting existing energy-efficient technologies that pay for themselves in future energy savings. The document supports the role of public policy in encouraging consumers and businesses to capture the benefits of higher energy productivity.
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Convenient kitchens.

Convenient kitchens.

Date: 1937
Creator: Gray, Greta.
Description: Provides plans for designing and organizing a kitchen to make it more convenient and efficient.
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What Relationship Exists Between the Populations of Church Congregations and Their Maximum Efficiency?

What Relationship Exists Between the Populations of Church Congregations and Their Maximum Efficiency?

Date: 1957
Creator: Burton, Jimmy Grey
Description: The present study was calculated to determine whether or not a congregation with a good percentage increase in membership from a specific date in 1956 to a corresponding date in 1957 would also experience any percentage increase in attendance of members and visitors at the Sunday morning worship services. Likewise, would such a congregation have a large percentage of its assembly in attendance at its Bible classes and at its midweek services?
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Preliminary design of a cryogenic thermoelectric generator.

Preliminary design of a cryogenic thermoelectric generator.

Date: May 2007
Creator: Sivapurapu, Sai Vinay Kumar
Description: A cryogenic thermoelectric generator is proposed to increase the efficiency of a vehicle propulsion system that uses liquid nitrogen as its fuel. The proposed design captures some of the heat required for vaporizing or initial heating of the liquid nitrogen to produce electricity. The thermoelectric generator uses pressurized liquid nitrogen as its cold reservoir and ambient air as the high-temperature reservoir to generate power. This study concentrated on the selection of thermoelectric materials whose properties would result in the highest efficiency over the operating temperature range and on estimating the initial size of the generator. The preliminary selection of materials is based upon their figure of merit at the operating temperatures. The results of this preliminary design investigation of the cryogenic thermoelectric generator indicate that sufficient additional energy can be used to increase overall efficiency of the thermodynamic cycle of a vehicle propulsion system.
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Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings

Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings

Date: 2009
Creator: U.S. Green Building Council
Description: This document encourages governments to use LEED certifications in the construction of government buildings, and to promote LEED buildings in their jurisdictions. The document provides advice on how to promote and administer such projects.
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Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World

Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World

Date: September 2008
Creator: Renner, Michael; Sweeney, Sean; Kubit, Jill & Mastny, Lisa
Description: This report is about the impact of the green economy on the global job market.
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Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

Date: 1990
Creator: United States. Congress
Description: The Pollution Prevention Act focused industry, government, and public attention on reducing the amount of pollution through cost-effective changes in production, operation, and raw materials use. Opportunities for source reduction are often not realized because of existing regulations, and the industrial resources required for compliance, focus on treatment and disposal. Source reduction is fundamentally different and more desirable than waste management or pollution control. Pollution prevention also includes other practices that increase efficiency in the use of energy, water, or other natural resources, and protect our resource base through conservation. Practices include recycling, source reduction, and sustainable agriculture.
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Data Envelopment Analysis: Measurement of Educational Efficiency in Texas

Data Envelopment Analysis: Measurement of Educational Efficiency in Texas

Date: August 2012
Creator: Carter, Lacy
Description: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficiency of Texas public school districts through Data Envelopment Analysis. The Data Envelopment Analysis estimation method calculated and assigned efficiency scores to each of the 931 school districts considered in the study. The efficiency scores were utilized in two phases. First, the school district efficiency scores were combined with school district student achievement to evaluate effectiveness with efficiency. A framework was constructed to graph the scores on an x-axis of student achievement scores and a y-axis of efficiency scores to further illustrate the data. The framework was evaluated with the full statewide sample and with school districts categorized into similar peer groups. Then, using variables selected from related scholarly literature, a regression analysis identified which factors impacted school district efficiency statewide. The non-discretionary variables included in the study were total student enrollment, the percentage of non-white students and the percentage of economically disadvantaged students. The discretionary variables selected included the teacher-to-student ratio, teachers’ average years of experience, the percentage of teachers with master’s degrees and the average teacher base salary. Amongst the seven factors selected for regression analysis, five statistically significant variables were identified as impacting statewide school district efficiency. All ...
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