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Understanding Municipal Sustainability

Tue, 2012-01-31 07:29

President Obama’s State of the Union address last week charged individuals and federal agencies to work toward energy independence and clean energy. Municipal governments have responded to such charges by developing their own sustainability plans. Community leaders have taken on the responsibility and aim to reevaluate procedures that negatively contribute to climate change.

BPI vs NATE Certification

Mon, 2012-01-23 08:43

Are you an HVAC professional looking for an industry certification? Not sure whether you should take HVAC training in the form of BPI Certification or NATE Certification? Let us briefly explain the similarities and differences between these two certifications, so you can get the specialized training you seek and also enhance your career.

How Much Does an Energy Manager Make?

Tue, 2012-01-17 10:27

Energy efficiency - in both the residential and commercial environments - has become a highly sought after characteristic. Individuals looking to break into the green industry should consider becoming a professional energy manager, as this position would allow someone to utilize their leadership and technical skills to incite change and manage large-scale energy efficiency projects.

NJ Finds Success in Solar

Thu, 2012-01-12 14:40

The Board of Public Utilities for the State of New Jersey released a memorandum on January 5 in which they analyzed the current solar programs in the state and provided recommendations for the next steps.

According to their report, there was 490.5 MW of solar installed throughout the state in 12,379 installations as of October 31, 2011. Of this capacity, 410.5 MW were net-metered systems either on customer’s roofs or ground-mounted installations and 81 MW were grid supply projects. The majority of the grid supply capacity was PSEG Solar for All projects.

The Woman's Role in Sustainability

Mon, 2012-01-09 08:45

Gone are the days when women were expected to stay at home full time. Now, women are not only encouraged to work alongside men, but a recent study from Catalyst and Harvard Business School (HBS) shows that female contributions are wildly beneficial. The research shows a strong connection between having more women on boards and in executive management and “greater corporate social responsibility.”

Enter the Green Workforce

Tue, 2011-12-20 10:28

If ever there was a time in which people were searching for self-improvement, it’s now. Americans spend more than $11 billion each year on self-improvement products and services. With unemployment numbers around 9 percent, individuals are realizing that they need to set themselves apart from the competition and get job training.

Some individuals are looking to the sustainability and green building industries as their way out of unemployment. Sometimes switching careers is the best thing to do, since former industries have been permanently outsourced.

U.S. Fights for First in Solar Industry

Thu, 2011-12-15 08:30

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently posed a variety of questions at the closing ceremony of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. He challenged attendees to think critically about the United States’ position in the solar industry and to not lose hope.

7 Questions a Sustainability Manager Must Ask

Mon, 2011-12-12 09:19

There are seven questions that must be asked when developing and implementing an organization’s sustainability strategy. Once you get these questions answered, you’ll have a much clearer understanding of your personal mission as the Sustainability Manager, and you’ll have the outline for what it’ll take to make your organization more successful.

USGBC Tour and Training

Thu, 2011-12-08 07:49

Last week, Everblue offered LEED Green Associate training for the USGBC Facilities Management team and other candidates at the USGBC and GBCI headquarters. At the end of the first day, we joined the daily tour of the LEED Commercial Interior Platinum facility located on two floors of a renovated office building near Du Pont Circle, Washington DC. The location received a Walk Score of 97, an indication of its proximity to Metro stops, multiple bus lines, and community services.

BPI Certifications Closer to ANSI Accreditation

Fri, 2011-12-02 10:48

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is on its way to achieving ANSI Accreditation. ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute and accredits standards developers, certification bodies, and technical advisory groups to both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

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