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LEED Training for Residential Contractors

Thu, 2011-09-01 12:37

Here at Everblue, we train thousands of residential contractors annually. Our most popular residential program is the BPI Building Analyst program (which is the national Energy Auditor standard). Frequently, I get asked about becoming a Green Rater, or more likely, “What do I have to do to become LEED Certified?” Usually, this is immediately followed by the question, “Do you think it’s worth it for me to become LEED Certified?”

Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

Mon, 2011-07-11 15:33

America’s energy supply is between a rock and a hard place. Or perhaps between a lump of coal and a solar panel.

High gas prices are pummeling families already struggling with a crippled economy. Rising energy costs are hurting businesses bottom lines and a continued dependence on foreign oil complicates relations with an unstable Middle East. However, to take advantage of cost-effective clean energy technologies we need more financial support. To this point, political inertia has stunted technology growth.

Until now.

Follow Up - New York's Energy Shortage Post

Fri, 2011-07-08 12:56

As a follow up to our prior post about the Energy challenges that New York will face if they close the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor, I would like to post some ideas on how they can replace Indian Point with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

New York's Energy Shortage = More Green Jobs

Thu, 2011-07-07 18:48

New York City's Mayor Bloomberg announced today that he is opposed to closing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant for 4-5 years. Indian Point is a very old nuclear power plant that sits just 35 miles from New York City on an active earthquake fault line. If there were a nuclear accident it would be nearly impossible to evacuate the surrounding population. Given the risks that this nuclear power plant represents to the surrounding population, New York's governor Andrew Cuomo is hell bent on closing the plant when its license expires in two years.

Time to Get Smart About Smart Grids

Thu, 2011-06-23 14:39

Smart phones. Smart cars. Smart meters. Smart grids. It seems like every time we turn around the techno-giants have invented another world-changing smart technology.

Yet our country’s electricity is provided by an arcane, inefficient and decidedly “dumb” power grid that hasn’t changed since the dawn of electric power as we know it.

LEED Student Turned Reality TV Star

Wed, 2011-06-22 08:43

Everblue is excited to announce that one of our very own exceptional LEED students will be featured on a reality TV show!

Cathy Hobbs is a LEED accredited, Emmy Award Winning Television Personality, Interior Designer, Home Stager, and Lifestyle Expert based in New York City. Cathy was selected for Season 6 of HGTV"s Hit Reality Show, "Design Star." Cathy is located second from the left in the picture below.

The Future of Solar as China Goes Green

Thu, 2011-06-16 10:52

Imagine a China without choking smog, unfishable rivers or belching coal plants. Imagine instead, a China of hybrid vehicles whizzing quietly by, pristine wildlife preserves and low-emissions coal plants. Or, better yet, solar mega-farms and wind turbines that supply clean, green power to China’s growing population.

This is the future that China wants the West to see.

Solar Installation Quality: Why Solar Training Matters

Mon, 2011-06-13 15:39

 Riding through New Jersey the past week, it is amazing. Solar is now seemingly everywhere. I saw solar panels on rooftops, on pole mounted installations, and even on the telephone poles. In fact, we saw two Solar Contractor trucks while driving down the New Jersey Turnpike. I know that New Jersey is the second most aggressive state (behind California), but it is heart warming to know that progress is being made.

More About the Better Buildings Initiative

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:23


As if staggering unemployment, rising oil prices and continued conflict in the Middle East don’t give us enough to worry about, we are also expected to worry about the carbon footprints of our homes, our lives and our commercial buildings.

Energy Efficiency Discussed During Memorial Day

Fri, 2011-05-27 17:32

everblue plaqueAs I navigated my way into the Everblue office this morning, I saw our newest plaque which was recently sent from Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan. This plaque, dedicated to Everblue Training Institute, contains the flag that flew over Bagram Airbase on the 1st of April, 2011. It says:

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