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Green Job Training for the Unemployed

Fri, 2010-01-22 10:41
Are you seeking a Green Job?  Are you also unemployed?  Well, you’re in luck. There are many federal, state and private funding programs to help prepare you to either get a green job or to green up your existing job skills. With many of these programs administered at the county level and with 6000+ counties nationwide, the funding process is daunting for most people. Aside from the help that we can provide you here at Everblue, I’d like to explain the job training programs and their aims. Many people don’t realize that these programs exist, and this is really a fundamental change in our society’s approach to unemployment insurance.


Did Avatar Motivate You to Be More Sustainable?

Wed, 2010-01-20 11:05

Have you seen Avatar? Great movie, right? What did you like about it? For me, it was the sense of wonder at the world of Pandora, which seemed more real than really watching in 3D. How would it be if we could link into horses and birds to ride and fly in unison with them? Wouldn't it be neat if the world lit up at night around us?

CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code

Mon, 2010-01-18 16:09
Last post I discussed California’s new CalGreen building code standard and how that might interact with LEED, Build It Green and other green building standards.  Since the USGBC, among others, has been critical of the CalGreen approach, the California governor’s office has fired back with criticisms of its own.  Here I’ll lay out their four main points supporting CalGreen:


CalGreen vs. LEED: Battle of the Green Building Standards

Sun, 2010-01-17 20:14

Last Updated: 2017-08-24 12:24

California’s green building code standard, called CalGreen, is interesting and perhaps a bit innovative in that it attempts to be both standard building code (a good thing) and a marketable green building rating system (a little different). What’s odd is that building code usually sets the floor or the minimum standards. Because every home or building has to meet code, you don’t see builders advertising, “Buy our home, we meet code!”

CalGreen: California Adopts Mandatory Green Building Code

Thu, 2010-01-14 17:47

Congrats to California for creating the nation’s first statewide green building code. The code mandates water efficiency (20% minimum reduction), mandates the recycling of construction waste, cuts back on polluting materials, and steps up enforcement of energy efficiency in new homes, schools, hospitals, and commercial buildings statewide.

GI Bill Covers Cost of LEED Exam

Wed, 2009-12-23 11:05

Update 05/23/14: Everblue's Yellow Ribbon Program has expired.

BPI Included in 'Cash for Caulkers' Recommendation

Thu, 2009-12-10 20:45
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a nationally recognized standards development and contractor credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work, is pleased to be included in President Obama's proposed national weatherization incentive program, HOME STAR, unveiled in the President's speech on Job Creation and Economic Growth at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

Why Consumers buy "Green" Products

Tue, 2009-12-08 11:52

NPR recently did a story about some companies that are still using green terminology as a marketing technique, and they analyzed the effect of this "green-washing" technique on consumers. NPR interviewed Ed Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communications at George Mason University, and he found that people make decisions as consumers, but they also make decisions as citizens.

The Latest with LEED: GreenBuild Phoenix Roundup

Thu, 2009-11-26 13:47
Greenbuild USGBC LEED Conference

Last week I attended GreenBuild 2009 in Phoenix, AZ. After last year in Boston, I have to say that I thought Phoenix was a better venue, if for nothing else than that the weather was warmer (It certainly wasn’t because they have mass transit available, unless you consider the taxi a form of mass transit). 

Solar Paint Will Conserve Energy

Tue, 2009-11-24 13:39

Can white paint atop a roof reflect the sun's rays and conserve energy? Recent studies are looking into this hypothesis and finding that specialized paint will soon have this ability.

Silicon Ink, as it is called, can be 18 percent more efficient. According to Power and Energy Magazine, Innovalight Inc. is working with JA Solar Holdings Limited to commercialize this next-generation ink. Ultimately, off-the-shelf industrial printers will be able to print the ink solution onto any surface.

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