Protecting the environment often requires reforming how business is regulated by government. In some cases, this requires increased regulation. But this blog describes a major example of how it can go the other way. We all want smarter land use...continued→
David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco
David B. Goldstein has worked on energy efficiency and energy policy since the 1970s.
Dr. Goldstein has been instrumental in the development of energy efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances currently in effect at the regional and national level in the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.
David B. Goldstein received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of its Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002 and the California Alumni Association’s 2003 Award for Excellence in Achievement.
The government’s announcement that housing starts were disappointing for the second month in a row is not only a substantial economic problem, it’s also a significant environmental one. Let me explain: This is an economic problem because, as the New York...continued→
New Energy Code Proposal Could Save Consumers Billions...and Offer Flexibility and Simpler Compliance for Builders
NRDC and our allies at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are proposing a change to the 2015 national model residential energy code that, for the first time ever, brings the nation’s largest homebuilders together with energy efficiency advocates in...continued→
Fannie Mae’s recent findings that property owners with apartment buildings located in walkable, transit-friendly neighborhoods are less likely to default on their mortgages parallels a smaller, NRDC-sponsored study that found the same thing for loans on single-family homes. Both studies...continued→
Posted March 20, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy
I have been blogging repeatedly on the value to the economy of reforming mortgage underwriting rules to account for the better loan performance of energy efficient and location efficient homes. A new study supported by the Institute for Market Transformation...continued→
Attention deficit hawks: How to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...and cut billions of federal spending
In his March 5 piece, Washington Post columnist Neil Irwin bemoans the lack of legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the now-bankrupt federally-backed funders of home mortgages. His point would be further strengthened by considering an additional failure...continued→
Increasing America’s energy productivity is critical to jumpstarting our economy, according to a non-partisan commission report released today, but understanding why requires a closer look at the factors that caused the recession and how more energy efficiency can reverse them....continued→
The Washington Post reported recently that “Entrepreneurs Run Into Roadblocks” in France that prevent them from bringing innovations into the market. The article contrasted this problem to the situation in America, where entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed. Promoting innovation...continued→
Posted September 24, 2012 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming
When I was vacationing in Alaska in July, I saw a man wearing a T shirt that trumpeted freedom and the defeat of tyranny while displaying the international symbol for forbidden over the words regulation and mandates. The wearer of...continued→
The Federal Reserve is said to be considering a new initiative to stimulate housing demand by bringing down the price of home loans. This policy is called “quantitative easing”; in the past it has been used to reduce economy-wide long...continued→
Last month I attended a conference celebrating the Lemelson-MIT innovation awards, where this year's two winners gave talks on their inventions and in the process tried to inspire younger students to be more creative. I was there because the Global...continued→
Once again, the news this week points out weakness in the economy, concentrating on lower home sales. Despite a general tone of optimism on the economy, home sales are weak and prices still have not stabilized. One cause of this...continued→
Paul Krugman wrote on February 6th that January’s favorable jobs report may be a harbinger of economic recovery. But he lists a precondition: that housing must recover. “The main thing standing in the way of a housing bounce-back is a...continued→
Posted January 27, 2012 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy
I have come across a number of blogs from conservatives that attack Smart Growth – land use planning to revitalize older communities, protect sensitive areas, and enable more walkable neighborhoods – based on fundamental misunderstandings of what Smart Growth means...continued→
How big is the potential for energy efficiency? At first, the only serious answers were provided by environmental advocates and national laboratories, and for credibility we had to be “conservative”—that is, to provide a low-ball estimate. More recent studies by...continued→
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