Explore and Learn on EcoCloud

The EcoCloud site contains articles written by experts and advisors on a variety of sustainability topics.

Water

EcoCloud exists to provide resources to water professionals, businesses and governments, with information and case studies to allow implementation of water projects and to connect with others in their region to implement their water projects.  The EcoCloud team has focused on providing utilities, commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) users, and water professionals, the case studies, metrics, tools, and frameworks to complete projects.

Energy

Energy is the key aspect or resource that allows earth’s various systems, including human cultural systems, industries and economies to survive adapt and grow.  It is a natural capital that we as humans harness, convert and make use of in our daily lives.

Materials

Through an intergral materials management approach, organizations can begin to change the way our society protects the environment and conserves resources for future generations. The utimate goal is a systemic approach that seeks to reduce materials use and associated environmental impacts over their entire life cycle, starting with extraction of natural resources, product design and ending with decisions on recycling or final disposal.

Transportation

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, roughly 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from transportation.  Much of our country has grown up around the automobile, which was considered a clean tech option when it started to replace horse transport in New York City, but the downsides of the technology have made themselves known and as climate change and population growth become more urgent issues we need to start reducing our reliance on our cars.

Integrating Sustainability

Sustainability is the ability to endure. A sustainable system operates without need to draw on another system. Examples include healthy wetlands and forests. For human culture, sustainability means the potential for long-term support of people and their lifestyles. This has impact on environmental, economic, and social dimensions, which affect choices, behaviors, and costs.