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Everblue Makes Social Media Count

Fri, 2013-05-31 13:34

Social media – whether you love it, hate it, or are puzzled by it, you certainly cannot ignore it. Social media has cemented its place in our culture as a powerful tool by which we connect, converse, and share information. Next month Everblue will put its social media savvy to the test and make it count for a good cause in the Social Madness competition sponsored by American City Business Journals. Contest winners will earn the right to present a $10,000 donation to their designated charity.

Wind Potential - All About the Data

Wed, 2013-05-22 08:27

When it comes to the deployment of wind power, data plays an important role in the design and operations of a wind farm. Is there enough wind? Where should the turbines be placed? How will the placement of turbines impact performance? Are the turbines in need of maintenance? Data collected from technologically advanced monitoring devices answers these questions. Data analysis helps to advance wind power as a renewable energy source.

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Sustainable Prosperity Requires Balance

Wed, 2013-05-08 08:31

Last week, investors, business leaders, environmentalists, and sustainability professionals came together in San Francisco for the annual Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (Ceres) conference. Ceres is an advocacy group focused on building a healthy global economy by accelerating the adoption of sustainable business practices through investor and business leadership.

Energy Efficiency and Untapped Potential

Wed, 2013-05-01 08:30

As states continue to set aggressive energy-saving targets, utilities and other program administrators are challenged to deploy new technologies and design new programs to advance energy efficiency within their customer base. A new report released January 9, 2103 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) indicates that there is potential for a 27% savings in forecasted electricity use by 2030. The report makes some points about the components of energy efficiency programs that will be critical to achieving and maintaining a high level of savings.

Garbage To Green in 5 Steps

Wed, 2013-04-24 08:09

There are countless ways in which one can live a more sustainable lifestyle, and one of the simplest methods is available right in your own backyard. OK, it may not be there yet, but with a small investment, mostly in time and energy, you can turn a small section of your yard into an environmentally friendly recycling center that reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, saves money, and nurtures the garden. By managing the natural decomposition of organic materials, such as yard and food waste, you can produce compost to enrich the soil without chemically enhanced fertilizers.

Online Platform Brings Solar to More People

Wed, 2013-04-17 08:42

When it comes to rooftop solar, the space, the sun, and the technology are readily available to deploy. But, when it comes to raising the capital to fund projects, progress often stalls. Projects that are too small to pursue traditional financing through a bank often cannot overcome the cost barrier, especially in an economic climate where financial institutions are more hesitant to lend.

Creative Reuse: A Dynamic Solution

Wed, 2013-04-10 08:38

I’m a big fan of multi-tasking. I like any method, tool, or solution that allows me to accomplish more than one thing at a time, without a downside. It’s one of the aspects of sustainability and conservation that appeals to me most - be healthier, save money, and protect the planet, all at the same time.

Creative reuse is one of my favorite sustainability initiatives. It takes reuse and recycling beyond the simple idea of diverting waste from a landfill and promotes artistic expression, environmental awareness, creativity, and community engagement.

The Power of Slogans in Sustainability

Wed, 2013-04-03 08:40

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Save Water by Conserving Energy

Wed, 2013-03-20 08:46

You can save water by conserving energy. Or is it the other way around? Actually, it’s both. Water and energy are so closely connected that you can’t have one without the other. Water is required to produce energy, and it takes energy to extract, distribute, and treat the fresh water that is essential for all life. After water is used, more energy is spent in the collection and treatment of wastewater.

What’s the Problem with Carbon Emissions?

Wed, 2013-03-13 08:44

In the beginning of his second term, President Obama shifted political focus back to climate change, touching on the issue in both his inaugural speech and the State of the Union address. As part of his commitment to tackling climate change, the President vowed to reduce carbon emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. Let’s take a look at the challenges he will face and possible plans for improvement.

Problems with Fossil Fuels

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