Smart-building tech market set to triple

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billion in 2014 to $21.9 The market for smart-building technologies is expected to triple between now and 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights. The “Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018” predicts that spending in the sector will grow from $7.3

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Smart-building tech market set to triple

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billion in 2014 to $21.9 The market for smart-building technologies is expected to triple between now and 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights. The “Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018” predicts that spending in the sector will grow from $7.3

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IEEE ‘brain trust’ to help cities smarten up

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” The deadline for cities to apply for the IEEE’s assistance is May 16, 2014. The IEEE professional organization aims to make its “ brain trust” of technology experts available to city leaders who want to develop smarter, more sustainable communities.

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IEEE ‘brain trust’ to help cities smarten up

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” The deadline for cities to apply for the IEEE’s assistance is May 16, 2014. The IEEE professional organization aims to make its “ brain trust” of technology experts available to city leaders who want to develop smarter, more sustainable communities.

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MIT course looks ‘Beyond Smart Cities’

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans to offer a short continuing education course titled “Beyond Smart Cities” this June.

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MIT course looks ‘Beyond Smart Cities’

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans to offer a short continuing education course titled “Beyond Smart Cities” this June.

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Xerox acquires Smart Data Consulting

Green Bang

Xerox is aiming to expand its e-discovery capabilities with its recent acquisition of Smart Data Consulting. Smart Data provides a software platform for corporate legal departments and law firms.

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Prodea releases platform for the ‘connected home’

Green Bang

A company called Prodea Systems has released what it calls a “one-of-a-kind” platform for the connected home.

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Smart design gains momentum in Middle East

Green Bang

The quest for smart urban design is rapidly gaining momentum in the Middle East, according to one designer who spoke at this past week’s Arab Future Cities Summit.

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Xerox acquires Smart Data Consulting

Green Bang

Xerox is aiming to expand its e-discovery capabilities with its recent acquisition of Smart Data Consulting. Smart Data provides a software platform for corporate legal departments and law firms.

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Prodea releases platform for the ‘connected home’

Green Bang

A company called Prodea Systems has released what it calls a “one-of-a-kind” platform for the connected home.

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London taxi drivers back clean-air campaign

Green Bang

London taxi drivers are joining a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of city air pollution. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) is backing the campaign, led by Clean Air in London.

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London taxi drivers back clean-air campaign

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London taxi drivers are joining a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of city air pollution. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) is backing the campaign, led by Clean Air in London.

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IT giants target barriers to internet of things

Green Bang

Some of the world’s biggest technology companies have come together to “break down the barriers” standing in the way of the internet of things. The founding members of the new Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) include AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel.

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Young UK entrepreneurs get global perspective

Green Bang

Promising new British entrepreneurs will have a chance to hone their business skills through a new volunteer program that links them with startups and companies in developing markets like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania.

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IT giants target barriers to internet of things

Green Bang

Some of the world’s biggest technology companies have come together to “break down the barriers” standing in the way of the internet of things. The founding members of the new Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) include AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel.

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Young UK entrepreneurs get global perspective

Green Bang

Promising new British entrepreneurs will have a chance to hone their business skills through a new volunteer program that links them with startups and companies in developing markets like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania.

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London lab aims for next-gen city innovation

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A new lab in London is aimed at helping university and industry researchers work together to develop “the next generation of smart-city infrastructure.”

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London lab aims for next-gen city innovation

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A new lab in London is aimed at helping university and industry researchers work together to develop “the next generation of smart-city infrastructure.”

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Alaska’s Atmospheric Public Trust: A Right Without a Remedy?

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S–14776, 2014 WL 4494394 (Alaska Sept. 12, 2014). [3]. 26, 2014). [4]. 26, 2014). [6]. Summary: A glimmer of (false) hope for public trust plaintiffs. The Alaska Supreme Court suggested Alaskans might have a right to atmosphere, but declined to provide a remedy. Adam Murray, of the U.W. Arctic Law & Policy Institute, explains why. _. By Adam Patrick Murray. Atmospheric public trust plaintiffs are running out of options.

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The Toledo Water Ban: More Money, More Chemicals, More Problems

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Summary: The city of Toledo, Ohio issued a water ban on August 2–3, 2014 after a local treatment plant found unsafe levels of microcystin, a type of harmful algal bloom known to cause health defects and even death when ingested. On August 2, 2014, the city of Toledo, Ohio issued a ban on water that left about 500,000 residents without.

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Change Policy in Rhode Island: A Personal Perspective

Vermont Law

A working group at the Brown University Climate and Development Lab put in a lot of time helping Representative Handy write the bill, which was signed into law by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee July 2, 2014 and titled “. Summary: Allen Smith, a rising 3L at Vermont Law School, spent the summer in Rhode Island working on climate change policy in both the Statehouse and the Department of Environmental Management.

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China’s Emissions Trading Plan

Vermont Law

Summary: In 2016, the Chinese government plans to launch a national market for carbon permit trading. In preparation for this national system, the government rolled out seven test markets, which saw varying degrees of compliance. Overall, there have been no reductions in carbon emissions. But, the system is not doomed.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Koontz?

Vermont Law

Summary: The Supreme Court’s recent exactions decision in. Koontz v. Johns Water Management District. has prompted concerns that it will stifle the compensatory mitigation practices of environmental and natural resources permitting agencies. The form of. Koontz.

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The Opaque Hand: Making Social (and perhaps Environmental) Change through Capital Markets

Vermont Law

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Circuit heard argument on January 7, 2014. . Christopher graduated cum Laude from Vermont Law School in 2014. Summary: In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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Sustainable Development through Model Forests on the Island of Enchantment

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Summary: Though the U.S. Constitution does not have an explicit right to a safe environment, many commonwealths, including Puerto Rico, do. For decades natural resources on the Island of Enchantment have been threatened. As a result, legislation has been enacted in order to protect the environment for future generations. The proposed Puerto Rican Model Forest Act attempts to mediate the conflict between humans and nature. _. By Roxanne M. Almodóvar-Pérez.

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Where the Wild Things Are: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act

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Summary: Thanks to the Wilderness Act, nearly 110 million acres across the United States are forever protected in their naturally pristine state. This month, the Wilderness Act celebrates its 50. anniversary. Considered to be the highest degree of land protection, “wilderness areas” demonstrate an enduring commitment to preserving our natural heritage. “If

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Vermont Law

March 7, 2014. She submitted this comment to President Obama on March 7, 2014. Dear Mr. President, I am writing you this letter to ask you one simple question, will you please oppose TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline? I am not a list of nine Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. I am only myself. I am an Oklahoman. I am a scientist. I am a soon to be attorney. The Keystone XL contradicts everything I believe in. The pipeline’s path will carve through native Oklahoma, which is my backyard.

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Lawyers Create A Tribute to Abused Animals

Vermont Law

Although New York City passed legislation to enable an Animal Abuse Registry in early 2014, the reasons more progress has not been made include (1) lack of respect for animals, speciesism, (2) allocation of funds to every other cause first, (3) the ongoing classification of animals as “property,” and (4) some combination of 1–3. Degrees in Environmental Law (2014 – Vermont Law School) and Animal Law (2015 – Lewis & Clark Law School).

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Fighting Big Coal––Washington Judge Allows Novel Clean Water Act Citizens’ Suit to Proceed

Vermont Law

On March 12, 2014, the Honorable John C. 12, 2014). The Western District Court’s opinion comes on the heels of a similar favorable decision denying BNSF’s motion to dismiss in a companion case filed by the same environmental organizations against BNSF in the Eastern District of Washington that was issued in January 2014. 2, 2014). Summary: .

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No News is Not Good News for BLM’s Proposed Rule on Hydraulic Fracking on Federal and Tribal Lands

Vermont Law

Summary: The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) highly controversial proposed rule would establish baseline environmental safeguards for the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas on federal and Indian mineral lands. Although BLM’s proposed rule is a good first step in creating a uniform federal scheme for regulating hydraulic fracturing, after about a year of sifting through public comments, BLM has yet to publish a final rule. _. By Thea Graybill.

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Muddy Clarity for Farming: EPA’s Proposed “Waters of the United States” Definition

Vermont Law

until July 21, 2014. Summary: This EcoPerspective discusses the EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ attempt at redefining the meaning of “waters of the United States.” Since the Supreme Court decision in. Rapanos v. United States. , the jurisdictional reach of those agencies over waters with a significant nexus to navigable waters has been somewhat unclear.

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Working Group II releases contribution to the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report

Vermont Law

At the end of March 2014, Working Group II (WGII) unleashed upon the global community their contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). As the international community evaluates the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in anticipation of the next Conference of the Parties in December 2014, the IPCC’s report should be taken into consideration. Summary. :

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Back to the Future: Environmental Drones Crash into Constitutional Protections

Vermont Law

Summary: New drone technology is offering environmental groups an innovative way to ensure compliance with environmental laws. Drones can collect images at a distance while providing environmental groups with important information about ecosystems or with incriminating evidence of individuals who violate the law. Although drone use can provide benefits to environmental advocates in furthering their causes, drone photographs raise privacy right issues for those who are photographed. _.

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Starting with a Messy Slate: The Role of Environmental Law in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake

Vermont Law

Summary: The country of Haiti does not have a history of effective environmental regulation and this has continued after the devastating 2010 earthquake due to a lack of political and economic infrastructure. Deforestation, air and water pollution, and lack of sanitation systems have led to public health problems and resource scarcity.

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EME Homer City v. EPA: Another Victory for Clean Air

Vermont Law

Summary: While many of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions this term were controversial, the air quality cases were marked victories for the environment. One of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, EME Homer City Generation v. upheld the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, (CSAPR). By reinstating CSAPR, the Court sustained EPA’s efforts to improve the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program and the overall efficacy of the Clean Air Act (CAA). _. By Ashley Welsch.

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Opinion of the Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA Displays a Curious Alignment of Justices

Vermont Law

Summary: Last week the Supreme Court handed down its second Clean Air Act case of the term, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. This plain English guide to the Supreme Court’s opinion summarizes its three holdings, split 5-4, 5-4, and 7-2. It also assesses implications for EPA, business, and industry. _. Christopher D. Ahlers. Assistant Professor, Vermont Law School. What is the holding of the case. ?

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Of National Monuments and Men: Organs Mountain-Desert Peaks and President Obama’s Use of the Antiquities Act

Vermont Law

Summary: President Obama recently declared the Organs Mountain-Desert Peaks as a national monument only months after the House of Representatives passed a bill that would curtail his authority to do so under the Antiquities Act. In order to appease critics of broad executive authority, President Obama must use the Antiquities Act in a manner that does more for local communities than simply place nearby public lands under increased federal regulation. _. Andrew W. Minikowski.

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Elk River Spill Aftermath: Do We Need New Regulations and From Whom?

Vermont Law

On January 9, 2014, a chemical tank at Freedom Industries in Charleston, West Virginia, leaked into the Elk River. Over the summer of 2014, Ashley will intern with the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau in Buffalo. Summary: . The Freedom Industries chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia exposed holes in state and federal regulations for chemical storage tanks. A new Senate bill – S.

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Of Plastic and Playgrounds: Re-Thinking the Relationship Between Work, Recreation, and the Environment

Vermont Law

Summary: This EcoPerspective takes a critical look at the indirect effects of outdoor recreation on the environment. Large numbers of people are inspired through recreation and related activities to protect the wild and untrammeled places left in the world. But recreation, in itself, has its own environmental consequences. The desire alone to protect these natural playgrounds does very little to address the greater environmental harm that results from work and other day-to-day activities. _.

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