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We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful!

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development

What he’s reading: Overcooling of offices reveals gender inequity in thermal comfort

Media: Nature

What makes it interesting: An objective study of differences in thermal comfort of men and women in office environments. And does it lead to overcooling of offices and thus, inefficient energy usage.

Kate Bell, Program Manager

What she’s reading: Urban noise pollution is a top environmental threat: UN report

Media: Smart Cities Dive

What makes it interesting: Urban noise pollution does not often spring to mind as a problem that smart city technologies can solve. It might be time to change that way of thinking. A recent UN report highlights how noise pollution is a threat to both the environment and public health for residents in urban areas. For those seeking to enter the smart cities space, next-generation noise mitigation technologies could fill a gap that is not currently being met by noise walls and ordinance enforcement.

Lauren Mattar, Technical Program Manager

What she’s reading: Open Mobility Foundation Develops Data Standards for Curbs

Media: Government Technology

What makes it interesting: The Open Mobility Foundation worked with a group of stakeholders to develop a common specification for digital curb management systems. Having a common specification will allow key players in curb management to be aligned and work together more efficiently on future solutions.

Bill Siddall, Chief Operating Officer

What he’s reading: Why Green Investors Are Buying Dirty Coal

Media: Wall Street Journal

What makes it interesting: As renewable power generation scales, replacement of existing legacy power generation accelerates.

Jim Saber, President & Chief Executive Officer

What he’s reading: A net-zero future for gas utilities? Switching to underground thermal networks

Media: Canary Media

What makes it interesting: Interesting pilot project to follow for gas utilities for net zero heating.

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