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Tips for Troubleshooting Your Circuit Breaker

Wed, 2013-10-09 08:17

Your circuit breaker plays an essential role in the safety of your home by helping to protect your electrical wiring system from overheating. By sensing any electrical overload and interrupting the flow of electricity, circuit breakers help to prevent electrical blowouts that could lead to personal injury and even home fires. While most homeowners know the value of their circuit breaker, many do not know how to troubleshoot issues as they come up.

Disney Expands Carbon Offset Program

Tue, 2013-10-08 09:17

The “Happiest Place on Earth” is well on its way to becoming the “Greenest Place on Earth.” Already a major player in the voluntary carbon market, Walt Disney is expanding its offset purchasing program by including indirect emissions related to its operations and increasing the price for carbon emissions to $11 to $14 per metric ton.

EPA Green Power: Top 10 Energy Partners

Fri, 2013-10-04 08:27

In a previous blog post on the Power of Sustainability Partnerships, we discussed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership as an avenue for Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and universities to report their renewable energy investments. Among these members, the use of green power helps to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity usage needed to maintain operations as well as facilitates the development of future renewable generative capacity nationwide.

Contaminated Sites Identified for Energy Use

Tue, 2013-10-01 09:16

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for the renewable energy potential of 66,000 contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites across the country. The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative was started in 2008 to encourage renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site.

China's Green Fence: Impacts on U.S. Recycling

Fri, 2013-09-27 08:45

As the manufacturing sector of the Chinese economy increases, concerns about the environmental impacts of waste generation have led the Chinese government to enact the Green Fence Initiative. In an effort to reduce the amount of scrap waste (mainly plastic) imported from the United States that has led to worsening environmental conditions, Chinese officials have sought to implement waste management strategies through significant policy changes.

Shaheen-Portman Energy Legislation Update

Tue, 2013-09-24 09:53

As expected, the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill went to the Senate floor last week and, within hours, it appeared that political polarity would threaten to kill it. When the Senate adjourned at the end of last week, there was no deal finalized for the energy efficiency bill to move forward.

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PortMiami Achieves LEED Silver

Sat, 2013-09-21 00:02

Terminal D at PortMiami recently celebrated its achievement of LEED Silver Certification. The project was a major renovation and was a finalist for Most Outstanding Public LEED New Construction Project at the GalaVerde 2013 Awards, USGBC South Florida’s annual fundraiser and awards event.

Here are a few of the key innovations that contributed to the Terminal D at PortMiami’s Silver LEED certification:

Green Talk in Florida discusses how we can help the planet

Wed, 2013-09-18 08:37

In his Climate Action Speech delivered on June 25, 2013, President Obama put forth plans to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and prepare for protection against inevitable climate impacts. Among the many commitments, the President also issued a call to action: “Understand, this is not just a job for politicians.

Las Vegas: Bright Lights, Green City?

Tue, 2013-09-17 09:05

Las Vegas is well known for its bright lights and big city atmosphere. It’s commonly associated with extravagance and glitz—not energy efficiency or sustainable design. However, in recent years, the city has made some real strides in this direction, namely its focus on green design demonstrated by a growth in the number of LEED-certified buildings.

Waste for Energy Generation: A Slippery Slope?

Wed, 2013-08-28 08:40

Copenhagen, Denmark is adding a new landmark to its city skyline. A new waste-to-energy (WTE) power plant doubling as an urban ski slope will be built along the waterfront. The power plant is part of the city’s commitment to reduce fossil fuel energy production. In place of coal or oil, WTE power plants use incinerators to burn trash, which creates enough heat to run steam turbines.

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