Susanna Murley

of Planet Forward

Susanna Murley is the Web Editor of Planet Forward, a public media project affiliated with The George Washington University that focuses on solutions to the climate crisis. Follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/susannamurley or on Facebook at http:/www.facebook.com/susannamurley.

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Next Tuesday, the Great Energy Challenge Blog will be live streaming a conference from the George Washington University that will feature innovations in energy, climate and sustainability. Top thought-leaders from government, academia and industry will participate in GW Moving the Planet Forward, a symposium that will find and highlight solutions to the challenges of a…

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Participate in the conversation with energy and environment experts during the president’s State of the Union address tonight at 9pm EST. You can follow on twitter using the #ecosotu hashtag or you can follow here.

While the Tesla Roadster is still the sexiest car in the electric vehicle market, companies are piling on the industry this year. Ford released its first electric car, the Focus Electric, along with a partnership with Best Buy to sell home charging stations. Rolls Royce also unveiled its new electric car, the 102EX, for the…

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If you don’t see the map, click here Every year, 2 million people die from a killer in the kitchen: their cookstoves. A new report from the UN Foundation says the toxic smoke from these crude devices cookstoves can lead to child pneumonia, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease, as well as…

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College campuses are facing the same problems everyone else is — houses built on sand. Coastal erosion, extreme weather and climate uncertainty are affecting university campuses the same way they are our homes. How are they dealing with these issues? But even more, how are they educating people to deal with these issues elsewhere? As…

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Planet Forward’s Frank Sesno catches up with Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu on site at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Chu talks about some of the coolest innovations in the houses, and even wonks out a bit on r values and building materials. (Related Photos: Solar Decathlon Students Race to Renew Home Energy) The official DOE…

Comments Off on Seen at the Solar Decathlon: Green Roofs

At the 2011 Solar Decathlon, where collegiate teams are displaying their super-efficient model homes for judging in Washington, D.C., Planet Forward host Frank Sesno speaks with Don Ferrier, president of Ferrier Custom Homes, about green roofs. (Related Photos: Solar’s Model Homes at the 2011 Decathlon) Using the University of Maryland WaterShed model home as a…

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As others have noted, Obama said very little about green jobs in his jobs speech last Thursday.  But when he proposed to pay for his new plan, he targeted the subsidies we give to the oil and gas industry and allocated $40 billion in cuts from these very, very profitable companies to partially pay for…

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Can a liberal education prepare you to compete in the Solar Decathlon? In the spirit of Emerson, “Self Reliance,” from Middlebury, will be the only submission from a liberal arts school to the Department of Energy’s architectural competition on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2011 (Follow on Twitter…

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Some Girl Scouts say palm oil in their cookies are leading to deforestation. Cookies, schmookies, the real question is: should we could we put palm oil in our gas tanks? What about algae-based oil? Or the old standby, corn? (Related: “A Rain Forest Advocate Taps the Energy of the Sugar Palm“) Planet Forward brings you…