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LEED v4 Update

Thu, 2012-06-07 09:07

If you’ve been worrying about taking the LEED exam or registering a project before the new version of LEED comes out, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The date for the release of the LEED v4 (formerly titled 2012) has been pushed back an entire year, much to the delight of many members of the green building community.

My On-Demand Webinar Experience

Tue, 2012-06-05 08:35

When most people think about online classes, the usual questions arise: How does it work? How does it compare to a traditional class? Will I learn? I’ll admit that when I first thought about online classes I was skeptical; after all, I had spent my entire academic career in a traditional classroom setting. I always had this preconceived notion that I would have a difficult time learning outside the confines of a traditionally structured learning environment, in which teachers and students interact in person.

LEED 2012 Summary

Mon, 2012-06-04 13:33

You’ve probably heard about the LEED 2012 update to the USGBC’s green building rating system that is scheduled for release in November 2012, at the Greenbuild Conference. LEED 2012 is a technical update (as opposed to the LEED 2009 administrative update), which means the green building bar is being raised in many ways and, of course, some controversy comes along with it.

The USGBC has not released a date for when reference guides, building certification, and exams will roll over to the new version (that is, of course, if it gets approved).

Everblue Attends the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

Wed, 2012-05-16 08:51

As part of Everblue’s mission to engage with students and industry professionals, Everblue staff consistently attends trade shows and conference across the country. Last week, Everblue participated in the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference, held in Detroit. The conference, which focused on numerous areas of interest including schools and the manufacturing sector, had one underlining theme: to bring green jobs to Detroit. Many organizations including BlueGreen Alliance, the United Steelworkers, and the Sierra Club were in attendance, amongst many others.

Building Small Wind Turbines in the Midwest

Thu, 2012-05-10 08:39

What a great experience thus far! I have learned so much about Small Wind Turbine design and construction in the past week through both lectures and hands-on experience. The textbook we’re using, Homebrew Wind Power, is being taught by the authors, Dan Bartman and Dan Fink, both of whom are wonderful teachers (and some fine musicians as well!). I highly recommend their book! In terms of hands-on experience, I started out by building the turbine with just neodymium magnets, wire, wood, and tape.

Rocky Mountain Green Conference Sponsored by Everblue

Tue, 2012-05-01 14:09

Everblue was a sponsor of the Colorado Chapter of the US Green Building Council’s annual Rocky Mountain Green Conference. The conference, held from April 12-13 in Denver, Colorado, included great speakers, LEED building tours, and some after-hours networking opportunities. As a Colorado resident and a Curriculum Development Specialist for Everblue, I thought it was a perfect place to learn more about what’s happening in green development around my home state.

ENERGY STAR: Ranking the Top U.S. Cities

Wed, 2012-04-25 12:57

The ENERGY STAR program, administered by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), recently released a list of the top U.S. cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings for 2011. The program allows building owners and managers to track a building’s energy performance. Certified buildings on average use 35% less energy and produce 35% fewer carbon emissions.

What is Corporate Sustainability?

Thu, 2012-04-19 11:36

In recent years, discussions about corporate sustainability have significantly increased among business, academic, and mass media outlets. Corporate sustainability is often synonymous with words such as corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, but what do those mean and why are they important? Given the influence that corporations have on environmental quality, resulting especially from the production process, a keen understanding of how to implement sustainable business practices is vitally important.

Solar Growth in the Big Apple

Wed, 2012-04-11 09:35

With a record 1,855 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity in the U.S. last year, solar power generation is on a rapid incline. Fueled by declining solar panel costs, numerous cities across the country are beginning to develop strategies to offset growing energy costs.

Natural Ecosystem vs. Economic Growth

Wed, 2012-03-28 11:19

As the global economy struggles to recover from the economic recession, many countries, including the United States, have sought to implement various strategies for economic growth. In particular, the growing desire for energy independence to alleviate foreign oil investments is a continual topic of discussion in the media. As many Americans are facing more turmoil at the pump, conversations about domestic production of oil have consistently developed.

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