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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Access to Clean Energy: From Pilot Project to Sustainable Enterprise

In 2011, armed with a grant awarded under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), nonprofit organization Trees, Water & People launched an initiative to increase the use of clean technologies in several Latin American countries. That pilot project has since spawned a social enterprise that is making solar lighting products accessible to customers in rural areas of Central America.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Greener Goblins and Ghouls

Halloween is a time for the imagination to run wild—and with just a little creative imagination the festivities can be less scary for the environment.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

“Biotaxis” and other Clean Transportation Options

A regional ECPA workshop held in the Colombian capital focused on opportunities to incorporate energy-efficient alternatives into the transportation sector. Participants heard about such recent developments as a fleet of “Biotaxis” in Bogotá and a new trolley system being built in Medellín.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Regional Energy Efficiency Program Launched in Uruguay

The Latin American and Caribbean region has enormous market potential for energy efficiency, but tapping into that potential will take a coordinated push among actors in both the public and private sectors. That was the conclusion reached by participants in the recent launch of the Regional Energy Efficiency Program, part of an initiative called “Toward a New Regional Energy Agenda.”
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Aluna: A Wake-Up Call

Scientists issue repeated warnings about the need to protect the planet, but they are not the only ones with concerns. Through an unusual new documentary film, the Kogi people of Colombia are calling on the world to see the environment through their eyes and understand their fears.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

New Newsletter to Focus on Circular Economy

The new publication will provide ongoing, detailed information on the second phase of the ECPA initiative “Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas,” which is being implemented in Colombia, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago. The aim is not only to keep program participants in those countries informed about specific events, but to update readers on theoretical and practical advancements in the field and continue to build awareness throughout the region on the value of the concept.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Focusing on Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

The Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development will meet on October 22-23 at OAS headquarters to launch a review and update of OAS priorities and policies on sustainable development and the environment, with a focus on the region’s post-2015 development agenda. The meeting, chaired by Honduras, sets in motion a year-long process that will culminate with a regional ministerial meeting in Tegucigalpa.
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