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Create Your Own Green Job

Wed, 2012-08-29 12:04

With the growth of the green economy and more attention to environmental protections, many professionals are reinventing themselves, in favor of jobs with an environmental focus. But, does a green career change have to mean a job change? Maybe not. At least not right away. You could already be on a career path leading to green and not even know it. Even accountants are getting into the green groove. What if instead of searching for a green job, you could transform the job you are already in?

Net Metering - Why The Battle?

Thu, 2012-08-23 01:54

If you read Net Metering At Legislative Crossroads, you are aware that net metering has proven to be an important policy in the advancement of renewable energy and has also become a divisive issue in the U.S. As many states quickly approach the regulatory cap on the number of systems eligible, the debate over how much financial assistance to provide for solar power is heating up. Pun intended.

Who are the players, and what are the concerns?

Adding Value With Wind

Tue, 2012-08-14 16:07

Economic development often comes at the high cost of sacrificing natural resources. Land, water and air are all affected by urban sprawl. But the growing green economy has presented opportunities for more responsible development involving one of our most precious resources – farmland. Protection of agricultural land has become more critical as concerns over global warming and the effects of severe weather on our food supply move to the forefront.

HVAC Tech Essential To Green Economy

Tue, 2012-08-07 08:42

With the summer heat upon us, it’s no surprise that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians are in demand. But, even after the summer heat has subsided, there is more to HVAC than just indoor temperature control. There’s more to it than just staying cool in summer, warm in winter. Proper installation and maintenance of an HVAC system contributes to better airflow, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy consumption, and healthier air quality.

Summertime Is LEED Time

Fri, 2012-08-03 09:16

When the school year wrapped up this spring, there were several news reports of student protests against tuition hikes and budgets cuts, proving that the budget crisis is raging on for California state schools. Tuition has increased six years in a row, and Cal State University announced plans to freeze enrollment.

Energy Star Continues to Evolve

Tue, 2012-07-24 11:58

I recently noticed an Energy Star logo on a promotional brochure for a product that does not actually use energy. The product being advertised was an insulating additive for paint that claimed to help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The product further claimed to be a scientifically proven, environmentally friendly way to reduce energy costs by 20% or more.

Sustainability A Lot Like Social Media

Wed, 2012-07-18 08:36

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a keynote address given by Gary Vaynerchuk, a best-selling author, business visionary, successful entrepreneur, and wine and social media expert. Gary was an early adopter of social media, using video posts to build a following for what became a multi-million dollar business selling wine via the Internet. As I listened to Gary’s story and his message about the social media revolution, it occurred to me that there is another parallel cultural shift happening right now – corporate sustainability.

Net Metering At Legislative Crossroads

Tue, 2012-07-10 12:10

Net metering is an important component of most U.S. plans to meet ambitious renewable energy goals. More than 40 states currently have policies in place. What is net metering? What are the benefits and challenges of such a policy? In a multi-part blog series, I will take a look at how net metering is boosting renewable energy and what it is about the policy that makes it a hotly contested, divisive issue in the U.S. As many states inch closer to reaching their net metering caps, legislators, utilities, and solar advocates are at a crossroads in determining how to move forward.

Wind and Wildlife Collaborate

Thu, 2012-07-05 17:01

As energy independence remains at the center of the national energy debate, many strategies are being considered in the pursuit of cleaner, less expensive energy sources. Many times renewable energy project developers and environmentalists end up on opposite sides of a debate when it comes to wildlife, although their goals are aligned in terms of preserving the environment. Clean energy projects intended to create environmental benefits are often halted due to protests and concerns over wildlife and habitat.

Connections and Innovation at PCBC

Mon, 2012-07-02 13:26

Everblue attended the Pacific Coast Builders Conference last week in San Francisco. The event was well attended by homebuilders and their project teams including marketing and purchasing representatives, architects, and developers. Exhibitors included all types of building products and services, ranging from landscape designers to window manufacturers. The event was a unique opportunity for industry professionals to connect, learn, network, and share ideas. New home sales and construction starts are up this year, creating an optimistic mood at the event.

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