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New reports show how hot North Carolina's solar-power industry has gotten

March 04, 2015   |   Lukas Brun, Danny Hamrick, Jack Daly   |   Charlotte Business Journal, John Downey
A spate of recent reports paint a glowing picture of North Carolina's burgeoning solar industry.
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Report: N.C. a shining light for solar industry

February 20, 2015   |   Lukas Brun, Danny Hamrick, Jack Daly    |   Charlotte Business Journal, Jason deBruyn
North Carolina, which had almost no large-scale solar energy seven years ago, now ranks first in the Southeast and fourth in the nation in solar energy capacity, according to a new report from Duke University.
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N.C. ranks No. 1 in South for solar energy capacity

February 20, 2015   |   Lukas Brun, Danny Hamrick, Jack Daly   |   Charlotte Business Journal, Jason deBruyn
North Carolina, which had almost no large-scale solar energy seven years ago, now ranks first in the Southeast and fourth in the nation in solar energy capacity, according to a new report from Duke University.
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North Carolina's Future Looks Bright With Solar Energy

February 19, 2015   |   Lukas Brun, Danny Hamrick, Jack Daly   |   Duke SSRI News
"North Carolina is in an enviable position when it comes to solar power development,” said the report’s lead author, Lukas Brun, senior research analyst at Duke’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC). “From being virtually non-existent in 2008, it is today the South’s leader in solar power. The result has been a growth in companies and employment in the industry, providing wide-spread benefits to the state."
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N.C. leads South in solar energy capacity, study finds

February 19, 2015   |   Lukas Brun, Danny Hamrick, Jack Daly   |   The Stanly News & Press, B.J. Drye
DURHAM, N.C. -- North Carolina, which had almost no large-scale solar energy seven years ago, now ranks first in the Southeast and fourth in the nation in solar energy capacity, says a new report from Duke University.

Coal Use Rising Internationally, Environmentalists Must Shape Its Course

March 27, 2013   |   Dan Vermeer, Ph. D., and Josh Seidenfeld   |   the energy collective
No one expects environmentalists to love coal. Most of us know the black rock is among the planet’s biggest sources of carbon, mercury, and other pollution – and that’s without even looking at the destructive methods of coal mining, such as mountaintop removal.
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Geosynthetics Industry Poised to Grow as Gulf Coast Restoration Ramps Up

July 26, 2012   |   Elizabeth Skree   |   EDF
What are geosynthetics and why are they central to the creation of jobs and expansion of coastal restoration projects?
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New Tool for Cities Hopping on Bus Rapid Transit

July 10, 2012   |   Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC)   |   Press Release
Cash-strapped cities can provide high-quality public transit relatively quickly and affordably by creating “bus rapid transit (BRT),” said researchers at Duke University’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC).
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RESTORE Act creates jobs along ailing Gulf Coast

June 11, 2012   |   Zoe Sullivan   |   The Louisiana Weekly
Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), released a study last week on the job opportunities in wetlands restoration. The study, commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation and conducted by Mather Economics, found that the potential positive impact of RESTORE Act funding would be substantial. The RESTORE Act is an amendment attached the transportation bill currently being discussed in conference committees between the U.S. House and Senate. The Act would create a trust for Clean Air and Water Act fines levied against BP and others for the damage to the environment caused by the 2010 BP oil disaster.
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RESTORE fines focused on Oyster Reef restoration will jumpstart Gulf economy, create jobs

June 08, 2012   |   Peter Schorsch   |   SaintPetersBlog
After a comprehensive investigation into the hiring potential of 130 nationwide firms involved in the oyster reef restoration industry, the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness today released a report, "RESTORING GULF OYSTER REEFS: Opportunities for Innovation," finding that oyster reef restoration projects could provide quadruple economic returns for the Gulf Coast states.
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Profiles in Resilience: DSC Dredge

April 30, 2012   |   Shawn Stokes   |   Environmental Defense Fund Blog

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Duke University Bus Rapid Transit seminar focuses on building the industry

March 15, 2012   |   Metro Magazine
Experts from industry and the bus rapid transit (BRT) research community gathered at Duke University on March 8 for a one-day working meeting hosted by the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC). Participants in “BRT in the United States: Building a Business Constituency,” will focus on how to build a bus rapid transit industry as an assertive constituency, similar to those for light rail and high-speed rail.
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Is North Carolina's Research Triangle the Smart Grid's Silicon Valley?

March 14, 2012   |   Clean Technica
Silicon Valley has traditionally been the epicenter of American smart grid technology innovation, but a new report suggests North Carolina's Research Triangle may deserve the title and be key to the industry's economic future.
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20th century industries provide 21st century solutions to restore the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Delta

March 07, 2012   |   Shawn Stokes   |   Environmental Defense Fund Blog
While the global financial crisis has taken a toll on almost every industry, it has affected some more than others. The recession hit the construction equipment manufacturing sector particularly hard, causing an industry loss of 30 to 50 percent between 2008 and 2009. It should not be surprising, then, to find that equipment manufacturers are looking for new opportunities to build revenue. What most people may not realize is that these firms are discovering such opportunities in restoration work, particularly in the Mississippi River Delta and other areas along the Gulf Coast.
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CGGC Irish Delegate Meeting

February 24, 2012
Discussed expertise in NC in the global economy and recent center research on smart grids.
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RESTORE Act Fines Could Provide Jobs: Economic Study

December 05, 2011   |   RESTORE
The Clean Water Act penalties from last year’s BP oil disaster could kick start the launch of a long-term investment in ecosystem restoration and create jobs that would benefit at least 140 businesses with nearly 400 employee locations in 37 states, including more than 260 in the Gulf Coast and nearly 60 in Florida, according to a new Duke University study.
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Spend Oil Spill Fines on Restoration

December 05, 2011   |   WCTV News
With Congressional hearings slated for Wednesday and litigation moving forward, a leading environmental group on Monday urged federal lawmakers to use expected fines from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on restoration efforts that will translate into jobs and economic growth.
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Federal RESTORE Act would generate many jobs for Florida businesses

December 05, 2011   |   WTSP News
A lot of jobs are on the line as Congress prepares to vote on a bill that would set aside the cash BP will eventually pay in fines for last year's oil spill. That's according to a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund. The report also concludes those fines could help launch an entire new industry focusing on coastal restoration.
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Targeting oil spill fines to ecosystem restoration could be big job generator, report says

December 05, 2011   |

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The US Smart Grid: Jobs through Innovation

July 27, 2011   |   Penn Energy
This article by Penn Energy draws on the central findings of CGGC's U.S. Smart Grid report.
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Why has Obama chosen Cree?

June 12, 2011   |   The Herald-Sun
Three months ago, Vice President Joe Biden visited Cree, the locally based maker of LED lighting products. Three years ago, during his campaign, President Barack Obama stopped at the company's Research Triangle headquarters. And on Monday, the president will return to Cree, visiting the manufacturing facility and meeting with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council there. Why Cree?
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Nurturing a smarter electric grid

May 28, 2011   |   Marcy Lowe   |   News and Observer
If you live in the Triangle, you may know that Forbes magazine named tech-savvy Raleigh as America's "most wired" city. Did you know we're also a hot spot for the "smart grid"?
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Triangle is central for Smart Grid

May 24, 2011   |   Raleigh News and Observer
The Triangle has quietly emerged as a national hub for an industry that barely existed just five years ago: Smart Grid. The term describes the digital technology that's increasingly used to monitor and manage the movement of electricity from the power plant to the home and business.
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Triangle emerges as 'smart grid' hub, Duke report says

April 19, 2011   |   WRALtechwire
A new report from Duke University documents just how important Raleigh, the Triangle and North Carolina have become to the nation’s growing “smart grid” industry.
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Spotlight Smart grid research: Where the jobs are (and where they will be next)

April 19, 2011   |   Marcy Lowe   |
The United States is among the global leaders in smart grid development, which is expected to create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs annually in coming years. In this report, we focus on vendors, examining 125 leading smart grid firms to assess their potential role in creating jobs.
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Nurture Green Jobs and They'll Sprout

February 02, 2011   |   Marcy Lowe   |   Raleigh News & Observer
The president's 2011 State of the Union speech called for investment in clean energy technology.. This takes a commitment to reinforcing our strengths and making a fine-grained assessment of where we need to improve.
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If high-speed rail blossoms, big profits ahead for state firms

June 28, 2010   |   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania is poised to reap big economic benefits from the push for a national high-speed passenger rail system, according to a study. The Duke University study said Pennsylvania has the second-most rail manufacturing facilities in the U.S., 26 of them, at a time when the industry expects to grow as a high-speed system takes shape.
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Passenger rail-car supply industry has growth potential

June 25, 2010   |
The U.S. passenger rail-car supply industry could experience considerable growth in the coming years as Amtrak upgrades its cars and adds high-speed trains, and as lawmakers consider a transportation bill that calls for greater investments in public transit.
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Several states to benefit economically if U.S. invests in public transit

June 24, 2010   |   Humanitarian News
CGGC analysis of U.S. rail manufacturing capabilities shows that U.S. rail supply chain includes 247 manufacturing facilities across 35 states.
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Jobs Bill Would Help Green Economy, Says Duke Researcher

February 26, 2010   |   Duke Today
Duke News Tip - The new jobs bill passed in the Senate this week includes a major portion of funding devoted to highway and transit projects that could be significant for the future of green jobs, says a Duke University researcher.
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CGGC at Capitol Hill Briefing

January 14, 2010

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Green Jobs Webinar

November 19, 2009

Hybrid Trucks on Capitol Hill

June 11, 2009

How Green is the Economic Forecast?

February 18, 2009   |   Marcy Lowe   |   North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC
North Carolina Public Radio –WUNC “State of Things” interview. Frank Stasio talks about the future of the green economy with Gary Gereffi and Marcy Lowe, of the Duke Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness; Steve Kalland, director of the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University; and Kalia Lydgate, co-founder of the Massachusetts Green Job Coalition.
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Growing a Green Economy: Green Tech Can Restore American Manufacturing

February 10, 2009   |   Duke Research
An article in Duke Research (also featured on Duke Today) about CGGC’s research on progressive technologies that can be the source of “green-collar” jobs to revitalize U.S.-based manufacturing. This article highlights the significance of value chain analysis for studying the full range of activities that take place to bring a product from its conception to its end use.
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Manufacturing Climate Solutions in a Carbon-Constrained World: Video

February 09, 2009   |   Gary Gereffi, Marcy Lowe   |   You Tube
Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference: Gary Gereffi and Marcy Lowe discuss CGGC's research on economic and job opportunities associated with green technologies at the February 2009 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference organized by the Blue Green Alliance.
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Manufacturing Climate Change: Cree Business Case Study

February 05, 2009   |   Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Presentation
Gregg Merritt, VP of Corporate Marketing at Cree Inc., speaks at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. Cree is highlighted in CGGC's Manufacturing Climate Solutions report on LED lighting.
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Manufacturing Climate Change: Infinia Corporation Case Study

February 05, 2009   |   Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Presentation
J.D. Sitton, President and CEO of Infinia Corporation, speaks at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. Infinia is highlighted in CGGC's Manufacturing Climate Solutions report on solar power.
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Manufacturing Climate Change: Recycled Energy Development (RED) Case Study

February 05, 2009   |   Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Presentation
Richard Munson, Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs at Recycled Energy Development (RED), speaks at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. RED is highlighted in CGGC's Manufacturing Climate Solutions report on waste energy recovery.
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Study Pinpoints “Green” Jobs in NC

November 18, 2008   |   Marcy Lowe   |   NBC-17 TV News
NBC-17 TV NEWS video highlights examples of "green" jobs in North Carolina. Value chain analysis of these jobs is presented in Manufacturing Climate Solutions, a report from CGGC.
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Duke Study Pinpoints Potential 'Green-Collar' Job Growth in U.S.

November 18, 2008   |   Marcy Lowe   |   Duke Today
An article in the Raleigh News & Observer about the new report from the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, called Manufacturing Climate Solutions, which presents a new research approach linking U.S. jobs with selected low-carbon technologies that can help combat global warming.
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Value Chain Analysis by CGGC Researchers Discovers Firms that can Save Energy in U.S. Buildings

March 18, 2008
Podcast of value chain analysis on energy-saving firms in building construction industry.
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Real Estate and the Environment

March 01, 2008   |   Marcy Lowe
Marcy Lowe, CGGC Research Associate, discusses CGGC value chain analysis research on the U.S. real estate industry.
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