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LEED v4: What's Different?

Tue, 2013-07-16 08:44

The USGBC’s recently approved LEED v4 green rating system was voted through with significant support from its membership. The new system is not incredibly different from its predecessor, which has been in use since 2009. One of the main differences is that v4 has expanded LEED to rate different building types, industry centers, and renovation situations that had not been addressed previously. These new structures include data centers, large warehouses, and factories.

LEED v4 Passes Ballot Initiative in Landslide Vote

Tue, 2013-07-02 13:47

Since the last LEED update in 2009, there has been much anticipation for the new iteration of the next green building standard, LEED Version 4. On July 2, 2013, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the proposed changes in the new standard passed the ballot process with a final tally of 86% in favor of LEED v4. Several key stakeholders, from those in the user, general interest, and producer categories, all provided support for the new LEED initiative, exceeding the requirement of 66.7% of the favorable vote to pass.

Climate Plan: Coal Power Losing Heat

Mon, 2013-07-01 09:25

On June 25, 2013, President Obama outlined his Climate Plan in a speech at Georgetown University. The plan’s most striking element involves carbon limits that will soon be placed upon coal power plants. The Coal Energy lobby is a serious opponent to be reckoned with; however, it seems that in his second term, the President is ready for the battle ahead.

Highlights From Obama’s Climate Action Speech

Thu, 2013-06-27 11:15

President Obama took a bold leadership stance during his June 25th speech from Georgetown University, where he put forth his plan to combat climate change. He promised to confront the threats of climate change head-on, with plans that include cutting carbon emissions, preparing our nation to deal with unavoidable climate change impacts, and reinforcing America’s leadership role in a global transition to cleaner economies. The President applied his executive authority to enact climate action regulations that affect both business and government.

IREC-ISPQ Standards Revision Update

Wed, 2013-06-26 08:08

We participate in lengthy conference calls twice a week, but no one complains. As a matter of fact, everyone on the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) ISPQ Working Group is happy to make time for this work. IREC, a nationally recognized leader in renewable and energy efficiency workforce education accreditation, has put together a group comprised of trainers, program administrators, and industry professionals to revise and update their IREC – ISPQ International Standard 01022:2011. I was fortunate and pleased to be asked to be a part of this group.

A "Core" Issue in the Big Apple

Thu, 2013-06-20 08:40

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that his administration will introduce a new composting program for New York City. The program is still in the pilot stage, but New York City officials hope to have a mandatory city-wide composting program in place by 2016.

Tesla Motors Driving the EV Automotive Market

Fri, 2013-06-14 09:21

California-based electric car company Tesla Motors has certainly made its presence known in the auto industry this year. The company’s completely electric Model S sedan was released in June 2012 and has impressed not only clean energy proponents but luxury and performance auto critics as well. The car won the coveted distinction of 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year, which is a fairly astonishing achievement considering the typical bugs and reliability issues that have plagued most pioneering alternative-fuel vehicles.

Humanscale and Everblue: Partners in LEED

Fri, 2013-06-07 08:44

Last Updated: 2017-05-24 03:49

Everblue has teamed up with Humanscale to host LEED classes in 10 North American markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Toronto. The partnership was designed to provide career development for Humanscale A&D representatives while at the same time offer the LEED Green Associate training to facilities managers, architects and designers.

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.

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.

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