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Design & Construction

Rebuilding for Resilience – Japan’s First ‘EcoTown’

In the decade since the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, microgrids have sprung up across Japan to help the country meet their energy demands and build resilience. Japan’s National Resilience Program led to the development of several microgrids. This article describes the development of the first microgrid community established in Higashimatsushima.

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Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month honors the culture, history and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in the United States. We join our partners in celebrating the contributions and recognizing the challenges faced by AAPI.

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Business & Finance

What is a Microgrid Tariff?

Microgrids have many benefits, but the value of microgrid services is not well-defined in the market and represents a critical barrier to future economic growth. Andrew Rasetti highlights novel rates and tariff structures to address these barriers for microgrids.

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Community Microgrids

Recently, renewable, community-scale microgrids have gained traction within the energy industry, marking a shift from remote, centralized power plants to local, decentralized generation. Eunice Chung highlights a few examples of successful community microgrids today.

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Take Action for Earth Day: An Infographic

Happy Earth Day from all of us at EcoBlock! Check out Haixin Guo’s infographic to learn more about Earth Day and what you can do for the planet.

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Earth Day

Oakland Celebrates Earth Day

This April 22nd marks the 51st Earth Day since the first one in 1970. In honor of this year’s Earth Day—and Earth Month—here are some activities you and your family can do to celebrate our planet.

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Design & Construction

Renovation, Restoration, and Reuse: A Conversation with EcoBlock’s Larry Strain

Larry Strain, FAIA, LEED AP is a co-lead of EcoBlock’s Design & Construction team and principal at Siegel & Strain Architects, an award-winning architecture and planning firm in the East Bay. We sat down with Larry to discuss his work on embodied carbon and the importance of adaptive reuse in the built environment.