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NYSERDA Incentives

Thu, 2012-03-22 14:53

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has consistently sought to improve the state’s economic, energy, and environmental vitality. The increase in utility costs have caused many households in the state to undergo energy efficient upgrades to alleviate high energy usage while creating a comfortable living space. To assist in these changes, NYSERDA is offering incentives to state residents. Below are some details regarding NYSERDA incentives to retrofit your home energy system:

5 Reasons Why Sustainability is Sustainable

Wed, 2012-03-21 10:29

Sustainability, one of the more prominent headlines in the news recently, has created much debate in the United States. Rising energy costs and depleting natural resources have caused many Americans to question our energy future. While many people agree that sustainability is a necessary element to combat the energy gap, there still remains strong dissention and skepticism about its viability and importance.

College Campuses Ban Bottled Water

Mon, 2012-03-19 09:39

The growth of plastic water bottle usage in the U.S. has resulted in a $22 billion retail packaged-water industry that is continuing to thrive. Enter any vendor location, and you are bound to find water bottles being sold. Couple that with strong advertising campaigns, and it is easy to see why the industry is continuing to grow.

Wind Turbines Key to U.S. Energy Plan

Wed, 2012-03-07 10:22

As President Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address, the U.S. must become a nation that’s “built to last,” implementing sustainable practices that will secure our future energy needs. With decreasing dependency on foreign oil, alternative energy solutions, such as wind turbines, are beginning to flourish across the country. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced its plans to implement a six-year, $180M initiative to drive offshore wind turbine development.

Ways To Be Green On Valentine's Day

Mon, 2012-02-13 08:43

It’s that time of year again. You’re wondering what to get your significant other and how to make the day special. While you’re thinking about the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day, you might also be wondering how you can be sustainable. Below are four tips on how to make your Valentine’s Day more sustainable:

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GI Bill Reimbursement for BPI Exams

Thu, 2012-02-09 10:16

Everblue is excited to announce GI Bill payment for BPI certification exams.

The regional Veterans Affairs bureau has approved GI Bill reimbursement for veterans who have completed a BPI certification exam, or who plan to take an exam this year. The skills attained through service, including technical skills and commitment to quality, are highly valued in the home performance industry. BPI certifications offer numerous benefits to veterans, including:

President Obama on U.S. Energy Independence

Thu, 2012-01-26 11:16

During the State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama outlined plans to create a nation that’s “built to last,” underlining many key energy policies that will assist in energy independence. One of the primary aspects of his speech involved decreasing investments on foreign oil, not only from a sustainability standpoint, but also in terms of increasing our national security. The increased tensions in the Middle East coupled with continued economic reliance on foreign oil has created a real threat to the stability of America’s energy needs.

Sustainability Manager Training: Final Exam Review

Tue, 2012-01-10 11:21

I’m happy to say that I passed the final exam. I scored a 77 on the 100 question, open-book test. Most of the questions, which are pulled from a question bank, are multiple choice. There are a few questions that ask that you select more than one of the given answers. Overall I felt that the questions accurately summarized everything that I learned in the course. I spent 2 nights studying and preparing a cheat sheet so that I could find specific topics and questions quickly. I also went through the rest of the on demand material that was available in my account.

AIA Continuing Education 2012 Changes

Fri, 2012-01-06 09:45

With a new year also comes change. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that AIA members will be required to complete 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) education, an increase from the previous requirement of 8 HSW. The AIA Board will re-evaluate the sustainable design (SD) requirement in 2012. The new HSW requirement goes into effect in January 2012, and AIA members should fulfill their total 18 hours of continuing education within the year.

Apple to Implement Solar Farm in N.C.

Thu, 2012-01-05 15:09

Known for their computers and portable electronics, Apple, Inc. has consistently sought to decrease its environmental impact through comprehensive green manufacturing to reduce carbon emissions. According to reports by the Charlotte Observer, Apple will continue its sustainability policies with preparation for a solar farm in Maiden, N.C. to power its recently opened data center. Permits issued by Catawba County show that Apple will reshape over 171 acres of vacant land, adjacent to their data center, for the project.

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