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Enhancing Indoor Air Quality In Homes

Thu, 2012-10-18 13:34

With advancements in energy efficiency standards, many homeowners are deciding to remodel their homes to improve energy performance. Rising energy costs and old inefficient home systems have led to more pronounced efforts to ensure energy efficiency. However, one of the most important aspects of remodeling that is often overlooked involves the successful maintenance of good indoor air quality.

5 Reasons To Invest In Solar Energy

Thu, 2012-10-04 13:48

As discussions about renewable energy heat up in the national discourse, many individuals are wondering about the benefits of solar technology to U.S. Energy Independence. Ultimately, there are several reasons why alternative energy solutions, like solar power, will greatly impact economic and ecological structures. Below are five specific reasons why solar power is an important investment:

Serve, Preserve, and Inspire

Thu, 2012-09-27 09:50

I spent last week in Washington, DC, training professionals for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance exams. The classes were comprised of architects and engineers from the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Capitol Power Plant, Department of Energy, and the U.S. Navy, among others.

25 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Thu, 2012-09-20 13:30

With the first day of autumn beginning September 22nd, now is the best time to implement some “green” ideas that will save both energy and money. Below is a compiled list of tips that will help you prepare for the transition to lower temperatures and more time spent indoors.

Heating and Furnace

1. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save about 2 percent on your heating bill.

New World Trade Center LEEDs the Way

Thu, 2012-09-13 11:01

As the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks takes place this week, development on the new World Trade Center site continues to move forward, with rebuilding processes in perpetual motion. The highlight, One World Trade Center (formerly referred to as the Freedom Tower), will rise 1,776 feet above New York City’s landscape to become the tallest and most sustainable building (by square feet) in the Western Hemisphere when it is completed in 2014.

President Obama's Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Fri, 2012-09-07 08:45

As the Democratic National Convention winds down, talk about alternative energy solutions and energy efficiency standards continues to move forward for President Obama. Last night, during his convention speech, President Obama outlined his alternative energy policies, which align with the commitments he made during his State of the Union Address.

Conceptualizing Sustainable Agriculture: Part 1

Wed, 2012-08-29 11:26

The agricultural industry in the United States has rapidly evolved over the past few decades from smaller family-owned farms to more expansive, commercial farms. Advancements in technology, mechanization, specialization, and government policies for maximum production quotas have systematically contributed to farming practices that have negatively impacted consumers, animals, and the environment.

Promoting Energy and National Security

Thu, 2012-08-23 10:05

In an effort to reduce energy costs and dependency on foreign fuel sources, the Department of Defense (DOD) has made one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history – to generate 3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2025, enough power to sustain nearly 750,000 homes. To accomplish this goal, the DOD has tasked the Army, Navy, and the Air Force to install 1 GW of power each, through renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal.

Supporting Wind Energy Production

Thu, 2012-08-16 10:48

As the race to November continues, the national discourse has turned toward the issue of funding alternative energy sources, specifically wind.

NYC Energy Consumption Report

Fri, 2012-08-10 10:21

Over the course of the last few years, New York City has systematically sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the comprehensive sustainability plan, PlaNYC. By 2030, the city seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 30 percent in comparison to 2005 levels. The fundamental reasoning for the plan is threefold. First, 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the city come from building energy use. Second, nearly half of the emitted greenhouse gases come from the city’s largest buildings, thereby constituting the city’s largest conservation efforts.

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