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Top 10 States for LEED in 2013

Tue, 2014-02-25 09:29

On Feb. 18, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual report of the top states for LEED certification. The report highlights regions around the country that have continued to make a difference by creating healthier and higher performing buildings in their communities. LEED-certified buildings utilize less energy, save money for businesses and taxpayers, and contribute to an overall healthier environment for its occupants.

Sustainable Sites, Sustainable Trash?

Fri, 2013-07-26 09:00

If you’ve spent a day in the big city lately, you may have noticed a big change in the type of trash receptacles located around town. BigBelly Solar has redefined how we throw away trash by developing one of the coolest trash bins you will ever see. In 2003, BigBelly Solar jumped on the scene with its goal of transforming the way cities think about waste collection. The company wanted to offer a solution for the public space by leveraging renewable solar energy and information technology. With these goals in mind, the solar-powered trashcan emerged.

Creating a sustainable world at the World Cup

Wed, 2013-06-05 10:36

With the FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds going on this summer for the World Cup 2014, there has been a lot of buzz about the magnitude of the upcoming tournament. The 20th running of the FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil, a country that has recently put its focus toward improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy resources. A large portion of Brazil’s energy production comes from hydroelectricity and ethanol already. Previously, FIFA said that one of the main objectives of the 2014 FIFA World Cup was creating a sustainable event.

Learn about Green Power Partnerships

Mon, 2013-05-06 12:59

More and more, companies are developing plans to use more green power in their business efforts. There are companies like Intel who receive more than 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources, and even Whole Foods has offset 100 percent of its energy for four years running. Companies like these are all part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary program known as the Green Power Partnership.

The Green Power Partnership

Solar is Setting Records

Mon, 2013-04-15 10:22

In March 2013, the solar industry made history. For the first time, all new utility electricity generation that was added to the U.S. grid in March all came from solar energy. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) “Energy Infrastructure Update,” more than 44 megawatts of solar energy were brought online from seven projects across the U.S. These states include California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, and North Carolina.

The Report

Major League Sports Leading the Way

Mon, 2013-04-08 09:51

As the green culture of the U.S. continues to expand with things like LEED certified buildings, continued growth of renewables, and environmentally conscious business practices, it is only right that major league sports follows suit with their own green initiatives.

Top 5 Nations for Renewable Investment

Mon, 2013-04-01 08:40

Last week, Ernst & Young released their report for Country attractiveness indices (CAI) for February 2013, which consisted of 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy markets, energy infrastructure and the suitability for individual technologies. In the report, E&Y claims that policy uncertainties and financial incentives remain to be a substantial factor for renewables investors in many countries.

World Water Day 2013

Mon, 2013-03-18 09:28

When given the opportunity to develop more sustainable practices in our business and personal lives, we jump at the bit. One way you can incorporate sustainable practices into your daily life is to celebrate World Water Day. Friday March 22, 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of International World Water Day.

The History

A New Kind of Storage Wars

Mon, 2013-03-04 10:25

As I was riding into work the other day, fatigued from the early wake up time, I tuned into NPR Morning Edition. A segment about energy storage caught my ear. Being that my work is centered on sustainability, these days anything and everything about sustainable energy seems to jolt me from any kind of slumber.

ARRA Tax Credits for Home Owners Through 2013

Fri, 2013-02-15 10:19

Congress has updated the home owner tax credits for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for 2013.

The Results: Claim up to $500 dollars back in tax returns from installing qualified energy-efficient products (products listed at the bottom).

The Good News: Because the previous ARRA tax credits expired December 31 2011, the updated tax credit is retroactive from that date. This means, any qualifying products installed after December 31, 2011 are eligible for the tax credit until December 31, 2013.

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