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RIP SGT Cory Johnson

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:39

This is Chris. One of my old soldiers from when I was an officer in the Army passed away last week. His name was SGT Cory Johnson, and although I’m sure he’ll never make any official statistic, he’s a casualty of the war as far as I’m concerned. They’re still waiting on an autopsy report, but it looks like he went out partying, came back, passed out, and never woke up. He was definitely drinking, and I’m willing to bet the autopsy will show that he had drugs in his system.

Green LA Girl Blog

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:38

Here’s a really cool green blog that my brother just sent to me today:


Evidently, the author is from California. It probably doesn’t hurt to live in the green capital of the world: Los Angeles.

'Cool in Your Code' Interviews Everblue

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:37

Cool In Your Code, an Emmy award winning “Infotainment” show that covers all of the cool things to do in NYC’s 200+ zip codes, found our blog and thought it was cool enough to add to their “Around the Blog” section of their website. They even did an interview with Everblue co-founder Chris Boggiano. Check it out at:


Green Investments Too Much of a Good Thing?

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:35

Are we in a Green Bubble?

I think one of the hallmarks of a bubble is that no one knows it’s a bubble until it’s too late. Just because something is a good thing doesn’t mean it’s going to implode at some point. There may have been a lot of people who lost a lot of money in Internet stocks back in 2000, but the Internet itself wasn’t ever a bubble and is still going strong. Regardless of how these venture companies fare, we still have tremendous strides to make in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Service to the Nation

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:34

Hi, this is Chris. I just finished the book In A Time of War by Bill Murphy Jr. The author picked up where David Lipsky left off in Absolutely American, which followed my class through our four years at West Point. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, happened at the start of my senior year, and the members of the class of 2002 soon realized they’d be the first class to graduate into a war since Vietnam.

LEED Exam Pass Rates

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:33

I've read quite a bit lately about LEED exam pass rates and about the new LEED standards. The unofficial consensus seems to be that the USGBC intends to push the pass rates for the LEED exams down by making the exam harder and asking more detailed questions. The intent seems to be to maintain the integrity of the standard.

Leading America to Energy Independence

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:32

Chris Boggiano, a West Point officer and Iraq war veteran, served with the Army for five years reaching the rank of Captain and earned the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in combat. His military assignments in Europe exposed him to countries well versed in sustainable building practices. Upon transition from the Army, Chris identified our country’s need for greater energy efficiency, saying that "In Europe, bike trails go everywhere and so do the trains.

Do you need an Engineering Degree to become LEED Certified?

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:31

This was an interesting question that was emailed into us about getting LEED Certification. The answer, of course, is that a person does not need to be an engineer or have an engineering degree. Similarly, a person does not need to be an architect, a lawyer, a designer, a builder, a developer, or a contractor. The LEED exam is for anyone interested in learning how to make our society’s livable spaces more sustainable.

I think most people confuse LEED with an architectural standard. However, it really is more than that, and it affects everyone in the building industry.

LEEDS Certification vs. LEED Certification

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:30

The first part of my title above is not a typo. Many people say LEEDS Certification when referring to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system for green buildings. Many folks search for LEEDS, LEEDS AP, or LEEDS Certification in Google. When I first started hearing this, I thought it was just a Southern California thing or maybe even just a Los Angeles or Orange County thing, but now I’m hearing people from New York and Texas say LEEDS instead of LEED.

How Green is Your College?

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:28

I was in line at a restaurant in Austin and two guys behind me were debating how much electricity an LED night light draws. The reason they were arguing is because one of the guys is a university student, and he leaves an LED night light plugged in. His roommate disapproved and says that he is wasting energy. So the guy with the night light pointed out that his roommate’s laptop, which was on all night, draws at least 10 times the power of his LED light.