What Can We Expect in 2010?

The beginning of a new year always brings fresh expectations of things come and new visions of what to work toward.  In the realm of sustainability, there seems to be plenty in store for us in 2010.  For this post, I’ve put together an extremely non-comprehensive break down of some of the things that I think we should keep our eyes open for.

Edit Post ‹ CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities — WordPressFirst of all, it sounds like we can expect a surge in offshore wind energy projects.  Green Inc. recently covered the release of a new report from Emerging Energy Research which projected a tripling in this market with growth first happening in Europe and then in the U.S. and China.  New York City might help to push the nation on this issue, however, if we can read anything into Bloomberg’s time spent admiring Danish wind farms while across the pond for Copenhagen.

In other alternative energy news, it sounds like we can expect a continued growth of cutting edge projects.  For example, the UK has plans for a new biomass power plant that looks like a giant green volcano and Sandia National Labs has developed glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that look like snowflakes.

While the effects of Copenhagen will be felt well throughout 2010–we’ll see important lurches forward as well as frustrating stagnation–I predict that the lion’s share of newsworthy progress will not be taking place at the scale of the nation-state but at the level of the city.  San Fran, for example, has launched a crucial sustainable financing program for green renovations and Washington D.C. will be implementing it’s plastic bag tax.

One area of progress that I’m particularly excited about for 2010 is the automobile industry.  Plenty of people have been talking about the opportunities that have opened up with last year’s spectacular collapse and new products are already being pumped out.  Production of the Think City electric car, for example, has been rebooted and the LA Auto Show rolled out with a whole slew of new, green concepts.

Finally, the folks over at Ecouterre have a list of eco-fashion predictions for the new year.  I won’t pretend to know anything about this field but many of their experts see a deepening and sophistification of green fashion, as well as a growing commitment to vegan shoes and clothing.

Here’s to a fresh start!

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  1. As fossil fuels get more expensive I think that people will heavily invest into wind, solar, and other renewable energies. Necessity is going to be what switches us unfortunately.

    -Tyler

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