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Transportation Energy Use

Thu, 2011-03-31 13:33

The “Normal” Home In The Transit-Friendly Neighborhood Is Greener Than The LEED Platinum Home in the ‘Burbs

Hey you – with the newly-remodeled, LEED Platinum home in the ‘burbs, the shiny Prius sitting in the drive and the reusable grocery bags full of Whole Foods purchases – you feel pretty eco-angelic don’t you?

And certainly these efforts are an important step towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, built environment impact and increasing the overall sustainability of the world.

The Future of Green Jobs

Tue, 2011-03-29 15:18

The Future of Green Jobs: As Goes California, Goes The Nation

Green jobs.

It seems like we never stop hearing the phrase. The environmental movement is largely billed as a successful way to create jobs and save the planet at the same time. However, since this sustainability shift is relatively new, the number or quality of green jobs created has been ambiguous. This leaves many wondering if the promise of green jobs is just a bunch of wind turbine generated hot air.

Rest assured it is not.

Warm Reports About Solar Growth

Mon, 2011-03-21 10:18

Forecast Is Sunny With a Chance of Solar: New Reports Are Optimistic About US Solar Growth

Sometimes it doesn’t seem like there is a whole lot to be bullish about in this crippled economy that is limping its way back to life.

We’ve all heard the promises of green jobs and green tech that will resurrect the country from its economic and environmental death spiral.

But what’s the real forecast?

Renewable Energy Resource - Home Power

Fri, 2011-03-18 13:25

For those of you looking for industry news or trends in the growing renewable energy field there are several resources out on the web. One that we recommend is Home Power.

Since 1987, Home Power magazine has been the leading renewable energy information source for end-users and professional alike. Topics include solar, wind, and hydro-electricity, solar hot water, energy efficient building, clean transportation technologies, and much more.

Check our their site to learn more about Home Power magazine.

From Paris With Love

Fri, 2011-02-11 23:14

February 6, 2011
I arrived in Paris on a glorious Sunday that promised the coming of spring printemps in French. I made it in time for Mass at Notre Dame and then headed to le Jardin du Luxembourg to watch families and children recreating at this beautiful garden.


Weatherization Employment Opportunities

Fri, 2011-02-11 16:22

We frequently get asked about energy auditor and weatherization opportunities around the country. If you are wondering how attaining a BPI certification or taking a Solar class may benefit you please review the list of opportunities below.

Support Energy Efficiency Jobs

Tue, 2011-02-08 11:04

We believe that green collar jobs are the 21st century equivalent of blue-collar manufacturing jobs in the 20th century. They provide good wages and stable work for the millions of people installing solar panels, conducting home energy audits and weatherizing these homes for maximum energy efficiency.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about energy efficiency or attending training related to the sustainability industry, call us today at 800-460-2575!

RESNET Annual Report - 2010

Mon, 2011-02-07 17:52

RESNET Released it’s 2010 Annual Report today. Previously, BPI released their 2010 summary (see the BPI 2010 Summary Posting) and it is interesting to note that both BPI and RESNET have grown significantly and enhanced their networks in 2010. RESNET has a number of interesting initiatives coming to fruition and we are excited to support RESNET in 2011 with RESNET HERS Rater Training.

Better Buildings Initiative

Mon, 2011-02-07 15:31


The White House plans new initiatives to reduce energy use and utility bills in commercial buildings. The Obama administration seeks to create new tax incentives, provide new mechanisms for funding, and institute generous grant programs to encourage weatherization and energy efficiency retrofits in commercial buildings, hospitals, and universities.

LEED for Homes Green Raters and NAHB Green Verifiers

Fri, 2011-02-04 16:21

From builders and buyers to consumers and corporations, the motivation to go green is everywhere. As a result, a number of certifications exist to pursue and verify green building and design. Two of the more popular green home building programs are the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes Program and the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) National Green Building Certification. Both programs require third-party verification from a LEED Green Rater or NAHB Green Verifier.

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