Sustainable Energy Monitor: What We're Reading in October

Catch up on the latest sustainable energy and green industry news from October.

The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say

The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the top scientific body studying climate change. [Washington Post]

Climate bill would move D.C. to 100% renewable energy by 2032

The District would adopt one of the nation’s most aggressive plans to cut carbon emissions, aiming to use entirely renewable sources of energy for the city’s power grid just 14 years from now, under new legislation proposed by five D.C. Council members. [Washington Post Local]

Green Lease Leaders: Using the Lease to Drive Innovation and Clean Energy

With a green, high-performance lease, landlords and tenants can better work together to save billions of dollars and lock in smarter, more efficient operation of buildings. A new report  highlights companies that are enabling sustainability investments via their lease clauses,[Smart Energy Decisions]

Message from Hurricanes Michael and Maria: Renewable energy makes more sense than ever

As hurricanes tore apart Caribbean islands and crippled their energy infrastructure, renewables consistently outperformed fossil fuels. This is how hurricanes highlight the need for energy reform. [USA Today]

Trees! The IPCC Should Be Loving These Trees

Trees really are a big part of the solution to climate change. One approach to harnessing this power has been laid out in a recent report by the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance. It involves protecting and restoring lots and lots of forests—trees!  [NRDC Blog]

The sustainable sugar rush: how candy companies are saving energy

When you reach for that candy bar this Halloween, don’t just count calories—count kilowatt-hours. Big candy manufacturers use a lot of energy to feed our sugar addiction, especially this time of year. “[We’re] good at making chocolate…but we’re not an expert in producing power,” says Winston Chen, the renewable energy manager for Mars Incorporated. [ACEEE Blog]

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