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5 Ways to Go Green with Mobile Apps

Wed, 2013-03-06 09:33

There’s an app for that! How many times have you heard that in response to a solution you were seeking? In today’s smartphone-obsessed society, there isn’t much that can’t be researched, simplified, and accomplished using a mobile app. Environmental consciousness is no exception. The development of green apps is making it easier for us to measure, evaluate, and reduce our impact on the planet based on data available through a mobile device.

Evaluating Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Wed, 2013-02-27 09:47

Have you purchased a new light bulb lately and had difficulty figuring out how to replace that incandescent bulb with the same wattage you had before? The way that lighting options are measured and evaluated has changed as part of the movement toward energy efficiency.

Solar Turns Wasteland To Greener Land

Wed, 2013-02-20 08:10

The deployment of solar energy on abandoned, contaminated land could be a match made in green economy heaven. While there are challenges involved in transforming these sites into suitable locations for renewable energy projects, there doesn’t seem to be much of a downside to making it happen. Environmentalists, renewable energy developers, government agencies, and local communities agree that the benefits abound.

Environmental Upside

Everblue celebrates new training facility

Tue, 2013-02-05 10:06

Thomas Edison once said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” What started as a vision to bring building science and renewable energy concepts to life became an Everblue reality on January 11, 2013. After months of research, planning, design, construction, and good old-fashioned hard work, the Everblue team proudly announced the grand opening of a new training facility in Charlotte, NC.

5 Ways to Reduce Waste

Thu, 2013-01-31 10:29

If being kinder and gentler to the planet is on your list of things to accomplish this year, then a focus on one simple word may help get you started: REDUCE. Read further to find out five inexpensive and practical ways to kick off an eco-friendly New Year – using less!

1. Eliminate some of the paper in your life.

IREC To Upgrade Energy Education Standards

Tue, 2013-01-29 12:53

In its role as a national leader in credentialing and standards development, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has convened an expert working group to undertake a comprehensive review of its current international standard for quality education and training in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. The standard forms the basis for IREC’s unique credentialing program, which accredits training institutions and certifies instructors in these fields. Specifically, the group will make recommendations for revisions to the current IREC Standard 01022.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council Standards

Mon, 2013-01-14 14:02

Congress’ approval of the “fiscal cliff deal” sent a strong message of support for renewable energy development. Tax incentives for wind power development were extended, and industry professionals have proposed plans to gradually spread support out over several years. Other types of renewable generation also got a financial boost. Education will play a vital role in attaining the ultimate goals of innovation, economic strength, and a skilled workforce that will allow renewable energy to succeed on its own without financial backing from the government.

A Sustainable Resolution for 2013

Thu, 2013-01-10 14:24

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? No pressure, but it’s that time of year! A chance to reflect on lessons learned. A chance to improve in the coming year. Feeling overwhelmed? Whether you are a fan of New Year goal setting or not, there is one simple commitment worth making in 2013 that will benefit your sense of well-being, the planet, and your pocketbook.

5 Steps Beyond LEED Certification

Fri, 2012-12-28 11:19

Achieving LEED certification for a building is the ideal beginning to sustainability efforts. But, to stop at certification would be akin to an athlete training to peak condition, qualifying for the Olympics, and showing up to compete in a stadium without any spectators. The LEED Certification process “trains” a building to perform at optimal levels. Owners and occupants must put the building to the test and verify levels of performance.

Local Ownership Optimizes Wind Benefits

Tue, 2012-12-18 15:07

According to a third quarter report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U.S. surpassed 50,000 megawatts (MW) of total installed electrical generative capacity for the first time this past August.

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