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Home Star in Senate Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Wed, 2010-07-28 07:30

The Home Star program is included in the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010. Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today to introduce the clean energy jobs and oil spill response plan that Senate Democrats announced last week:

New York and the Green Taxi Act

Wed, 2010-07-28 06:48

New York City Fuel Efficient TaxiNew York City has an innovative program to improve its ground level air quality by improving the fuel efficiency of the city's 10,000+ taxi fleet. Since New York's Taxis generally run 16-24 hours per day even a small improvement in miles per gallon would have a great impact.

BPI Announces ANSI Accreditation for its Standards Programs

Wed, 2010-07-14 10:14

Malta, NY, July 13, 2010 - The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a nationally recognized standards development and contractor credentialing organization is pleased to announce that it received approval today from the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards.

Energy Efficiency & Geographic Location

Tue, 2010-07-13 07:50

The last week in Germany without air conditioning has me thinking about whether it is more energy efficient to live in Germany or Charlotte. Germany has mild summers and cold winters. Charlotte has hot summers and mild winters. Where would a person use less energy? Does it take more energy to heat a home or to cool it? Which is the worse environmental impact?

Urgent Update on Home Star!

Wed, 2010-07-07 15:56

Efficiency First has posted a crucial update on the proposed Home Star Bill (also known as 'Cash for Caulkers') to its website at The proposed program would bring $6 billion to the energy efficiency and residential contracting industries.

Freedom, Energy, and the American Way of Life

Sun, 2010-07-04 16:30

Bike Lanes and Smart DevelopmentHappy Independence Day! July 4th is always a great time of year (Side note: I can’t believe it is already July 4th – Where did Spring go?). Anyways, I am spending this July 4th in Germany with my wife’s family. I spent five years with the US Army living in Germany. Being here for the 4th of July provides a very interesting perspective. First, it is hot and there is no air conditioning – anywhere.

PACE Troubles From Fannie and Freddie

Thu, 2010-07-01 05:28

The Property Assess Clean Energy programs, PACE, have been put on hold. So far 28 states have or are working on putting PACE programs in place. With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have put the programs on hold.

General McCrystal Fixes the BP Oil Spill!

Thu, 2010-07-01 05:14

The world owes a debt of gratitude to General Stanley McCrystal. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to plug to hole in the Gulf of Mexico that was leaking 5,000 12,000 19,000 50,000 barrels a day, it took one of the top men in the military to fix the nastiest environmental disaster in our nation’s history.

Conflict Minerals - What's in Your Pocket?

Sun, 2010-06-27 12:32

Did you know that May 18, 2010 was the one-year anniversary of the release of the LEED Green Associate exam? Awesome! Did you also know that on May 18, 2010 the 1000th U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan? That’s not so awesome. Consider that 500 soldiers were killed during the first seven years of war in the “Graveyard of Empires,” but it’s taken only two years for the second 500. Sometimes it feels like I’m watching a slow motion train wreck that’s picking up speed every second.

Green Job Opening Remains Unfilled

Fri, 2010-06-25 15:41

Update: The following position is no longer available.

Would you believe that there are green job openings that no one is applying for? Would you believe the salary range is $44,825 – $82,930? I can’t believe that such a position would have a hard time attracting applicants.

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