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Envisioning a Sustainable Tomorrow

Fri, 2013-03-08 09:24

Located just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, Everblue's headquarters serve as the center for training the Earth’s sustainable workforce. As a result, we are continually aspiring to share stories of other professionals with similar sustainability motivations.

Perhaps one of the most inspiring calls to action seen in our area is the Envision Charlotte campaign which started in late 2011.

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.

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.

Energy Saving Transportation Practices

Fri, 2013-03-01 09:52

With constant price fluctuations at the gas pump, it is more important than ever to engage in energy saving transportation practices. While the type of vehicle you drive is important in determining the amount of fuel your vehicle uses, there are various methods that drivers can take to save both energy and money. The following tips are based on an assumed fuel price of $3.75/gallon. 

"Think before you sink."

Reduce Aggressive Driving Tendencies

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.

Everblue's Movie Guide to Sustainability Part 2

Fri, 2013-02-22 09:48

I was recently able to attend a movie viewing of the documentary “Switch.” The focus of this film was to highlight all of our current and future viable fuel sources; the narrator discussed the pros and cons of each of these fuels. The overarching goal of this film was to figure out how and when we as a species will make the transition, or “switch,” from fossil fuels as our primary fuel sources to clean and renewable energy. The movie was a great tool in breaking down the debate between fossil fuels and renewable energy, and I recommend everyone see it.

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

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.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Wed, 2013-02-13 09:50

There is no doubt that large corporations wield vast amounts of power in today's societies. But to what extent do these powerful agents have an obligation to operate with the public’s interest in mind?

A new Prosumer Report from Havas Worldwide surveyed exactly 10,219 people in 31 countries and the results were pretty shocking. Sixty-nine percent said that corporations have just as much of a responsibility as governments.

East Coast Wind Energy

Mon, 2013-02-11 09:38

Over the past decade, there have been copious amounts of research done in the environmental field on offshore wind farms and the viability of having them off the coast of the eastern part of the U.S. Much of the research has been optimistic toward the access of this renewable energy source off our coasts, yet legislation and lack of any real action has held up any proposed projects. Recently, however, news has developed out of North Carolina. On January 22, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory voiced his opinion in a letter written to the U.S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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