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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cherry Trees: Nature’s Inspiration for Eco-Friendly Design

The Cherry Blossom season has finally arrived. Like every year, Washingtonians and tourists parade along the Potomac shores to watch the trees bloom, dressing the city in magnificent shades of pink for nearly two weeks. To celebrate the arrival of spring, the ECPA Clearinghouse wanted to use this emblematic occasion to better explain the “Circular Economy” philosophy, which borrows fundamental principles of “biomimicry”, a new approach based on the study and imitation of nature’s designs and processes to solve pressing human problems.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Climate Change: “Now Comes the Hard Part”

With the Paris Agreement about to be open for signature, Christiana Figueres—the United Nations official who has shepherded the global climate negotiation process for the past several years—reminded the OAS Member states that the challenges of implementation are just beginning.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mexico: “An Important Partner in Combating Climate Change”

In an event held at the Atlantic Council in Washington on March 17, National Security Advisor and Ambassador Susan Rice spoke of “seizing a transformational moment in the Western Hemisphere”. She specifically alluded to the efforts led by Mexico in addressing climate change, advancing clean energy and fostering economic integration.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Harnessing Island Sunlight

Solar panels have appeared on the rooftops of a number of community organizations on the Caribbean island of Antigua, thanks to a high-energy development economist and a small but pivotal grant through the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

How can we know if the planet really is warming?

Measurement plays an important role in addressing the challenges of climate change. Metrology —the science of measurement— provides the means to ensure accuracy, precision and international recognition in measuring.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Transitioning towards Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean

Since 2013, the Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) has been a point of reference for Caribbean energy sector reform. Under the umbrella of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), SECBI has provided technical and legal assistance to enable governments to deploy new projects and provide access to modern services, thus improving market conditions for renewable energy and strengthening energy security.
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Honduras Strives for a More Diverse and Environmentally Friendly Energy Mix

Honduras has abundant natural resources that can yield high potential of renewable energy for electricity generation. There are several generation projects currently under way (1360 MW wind, water 2822.14 MW, 253.65 MW biomass, geothermal and solar 120 MW and 1,192.5 MW, respectively), supported by the national government aiming to promote national energy development and its impact on areas of interest in order to respond to local energy demand in different generation means, and ultimately supporting the sustainable development of all geographical areas.
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Panama Officially Part of the Cradle to Cradle Global Movement

Proluxsa Natural Distilled Vinegar Bottle and Aguas Cristalinas Water Bottle are the first national products to receive the C2C Certification, thanks to an ECPA initiative devoted to the promotion of Circular Economy in the Americas.
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Thinking of Reducing your Footprint? Deleting Emails Can Help

Have hundreds, or even thousands, of read emails in your inbox? Sure! Don’t we all? Data retained means storage space used, and storage space used means energy consumed. Whatever the exact energy use per unit of storage is, in the United States the Internet uses somewhere around 3 percent of electricity consumption – a pretty sizeable figure.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ECPA Enables the Use of More Efficient Appliances in Belize

Under the auspices of the ECPA Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI), the Government of Belize held a three-day consultation gathering in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) to improve Belize’s energy efficiency practices by establishing a program for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for appliances, and to reduce energy intensity in buildings below 20 percent, compared to business-as-usual.
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