Energy Efficiency

Are You Interviewing Your Building?

Posted on February 8, 2017

The last time you applied for a job, did you ask about the ventilation, lighting and thermal comfort of the office environment? Probably not, but here’s why you should. Scientific evidence is emerging that proves the connection between the office building environment and how well you think and sleep long after…

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114 Years of Cool Air and Cool Innovation

Posted on July 21, 2016

This week we celebrate the 114th anniversary of “cool” just as a major heat wave settles over the United States and experts predict record warmth on a global basis for the year. On July 17, 1902, Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning to help solve a production problem at the Sackett…

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The Sustainability View from Down Under

Posted on March 30, 2016

Sydney Opera House

A great view of the iconic Sydney Opera House, which recently received World Heritage recognition as well as green building certification. It was one stop during my time in Australia.

Last week, I was pleased to participate in the Green Cities Conference in Sydney, Australia, co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia. Green Cities is Australia’s premier sustainability conference and I enjoyed meeting with fellow sustainability professionals “down under.” According to the World Green…

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Extending Sustainability at Home

Posted on March 10, 2016

We think about sustainability every day at United Technologies, whether we’re designing innovative new products or reducing the environmental impact of our operations. Over the last 20 years, we’ve tripled our revenues while reducing our water usage by 57 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent. We spend a…

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Top Takeaways on Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on February 26, 2016

UTC 2020 Sustainability Goals

Big goals lead to big results. Take a look at our newly announced 2020 sustainability goals. We’re proud to do our part to help the world urbanize in a sustainable manner.

It’s been about a week since the official launch of our 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals are reflective of our continued support of sustainable urbanization – in the past and for the future. Growing Cities: An Atlantic Forum on Sustainable Urbanization was an outstanding event, featuring insightful comments from UTC’s President…

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Beyond the Jetsons’ Dreams: The Future of Urbanization

Posted on February 18, 2016

This post originally appeared on February 18 in The Atlantic. Did you ever wonder what powered George Jetson’s flying car? Or how Rosie the robot recharged her batteries? Or if the air was fresh up there above the clouds in The Jetsons’ home in Orbit City? That futuristic city, first imagined in 1962,…

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Celebrating Innovation on National Inventors’ Day

Posted on February 11, 2016

Did you know? Today is National Inventors’ Day, established in 1983 by the United States Congress. Throughout our history, we’ve seen numerous inventors who have developed products and technologies that have influenced the world we live in today. Much like this pioneering spirit, innovation and invention is a large part of…

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The Year Ahead: What’s Next in Sustainability at UTC

Posted on January 18, 2016

In many ways, 2015 featured many successes in sustainability. Both the United States and United Nations recognized the reduction of food waste as an important climate mitigation strategy. We received great news in a new report by Dodge Data & Analytics®, showing that green building continues to double every three…

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Top 6 Takeaways from 2nd World Cold Chain Summit

Posted on December 18, 2015

As I’ve witnessed firsthand this year, many around the world are taking action to reduce food waste and in turn, its impact on hunger and climate change. With reduction goals set by the United States and the United Nations, I believe that food waste is quickly finding a seat at the…

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History in Paris – Now Technologies Will Lead the Way

Posted on December 15, 2015

This weekend, history was made in Paris. For the first time, more than 190 countries adopted a landmark agreement, under which they will commit to lowering greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. The significance of this agreement cannot be overstated. It represents a direct effort to mitigate the effects of…

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