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Cool Solutions: Stories of climate action from the bottom up

May 11, 2023

80% of the buildings that will be here in 2050 are already here, producing 30% of our greenhouse gas emissions. Uber sustainable new construction is cool, but the big carbon reductions will come from electrifying old buildings.

Chicago plans to retrofit 80,000 homes in the next 7 years. A research collaboration between...

Apr 11, 2023

A pilot study replacing gas stoves with induction stoves in a public housing building in the South Bronx did the expected and decreased indoor air pollution. Two unexpected discoveries were the popularity of the induction stoves and that the building's old wiring could only deliver enough juice to replace stoves in...

Mar 11, 2023

"When I read in 2020 that Colorado ran a pilot program to give away just 13 e-bikes, I scoffed. What difference could that possibly make? Now I have to eat my bike helmet." - Wendy Ring, Cool Solutions Producer and Host. 

Turns out that mini-pilot laid the foundation for Denver's wildly successful e-bike program by...

Feb 11, 2023

With growing conflicts over solar development on farm land, dual use may provide middle ground and enough income to help small farmers keep farming. That's how Byron Kominek found himself putting a solar garden on one of his hay fields and hosting teams of agrivoltaic researchers.

Colorado farmers Byron Kominek and Liza...

Jan 15, 2023

Meet a retiree in rural OR and a group of millennials in WA who are spreading community owned solar projects across their states.