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Freedom Versus Oil

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:42

Below is an interesting graph from Foreign Policy about the First Law of Petropolitics.

petro graph

The Pickens Plan

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:40

I’ve been a big fan of the Pickens Plan for a while, and I love the fact that he has committed to raising national attention about our energy crisis in a big way. Check out his video.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Green Roofs: Reducing the Heat Island Effect

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:16

I think garden roofs are cool. They’re just neat. Think about it - we have the ability to make our buildings blend in with nature and to create green space of the millions of acres of otherwise black tar roofs. Why are black tar roofs bad? Well, for starters a black tar roof raises the local temperature (just like a black asphalt parking lot) by as much as 60 degrees on the roof itself.

San Francisco Mayor Approves Strict Green Building Codes

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:15

San Francisco took a major step Monday to cement its reputation as the most environmentally progressive city in the United States, as Mayor Gavin Newsom signed into law stringent green building codes for new construction and renovations of existing structures in the city. The new building codes focus on water and energy conservation, recycling, and reduction of carbon emissions. They apply to most buildings in the city, including residential projects of all sizes, new commercial buildings over a certain size, and renovations of large commercial spaces.

Thomas L. Friedman: Flush With Energy

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:13

I read an interesting article from Thomas Friedman in The New York Times this week called "Flush With Energy." In this article, Friedman describes how Denmark became a zero energy import country.

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