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Innovation in Sustainability

Fri, 2013-02-08 11:20

Most of us know the narrative that guides the typical sustainability discussion. More often than not, it can be summated by everyone’s favorite three-step process: reduce, reuse, recycle. Don’t get me wrong – that’s certainly not a bad thing. These three words stand as a catchy, assonant reminder for the easiest ways we can stymie our wastefulness. That said, they only represent a surface-level explanation of all the incredible things going on in sustainability circles right now.

Everblue celebrates new training facility

Tue, 2013-02-05 10:06

Thomas Edison once said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” What started as a vision to bring building science and renewable energy concepts to life became an Everblue reality on January 11, 2013. After months of research, planning, design, construction, and good old-fashioned hard work, the Everblue team proudly announced the grand opening of a new training facility in Charlotte, NC.

2013 VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

Mon, 2013-02-04 11:13

Last week, I visited the Virginia Commonwealth University Energy and Sustainability Conference in Richmond. This was a great conference that was brought together by many interesting and friendly sustainability professionals. Siemens, Moseley Architects, and Trane were among the exhibitors.

5 Ways to Reduce Waste

Thu, 2013-01-31 10:29

If being kinder and gentler to the planet is on your list of things to accomplish this year, then a focus on one simple word may help get you started: REDUCE. Read further to find out five inexpensive and practical ways to kick off an eco-friendly New Year – using less!

1. Eliminate some of the paper in your life.

Everblue's Movie Guide to Sustainability

Thu, 2013-01-31 10:27

Sustainability - it’s a term everyone is talking about. From corporations to the federal government, our culture is quickly adopting sustainability as a way of life. Additionally, a number of environmentally-conscious movies and documentaries will be released to the public in the near future, further allowing sustainability to gain traction in the mainstream.

IREC To Upgrade Energy Education Standards

Tue, 2013-01-29 12:53

In its role as a national leader in credentialing and standards development, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has convened an expert working group to undertake a comprehensive review of its current international standard for quality education and training in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. The standard forms the basis for IREC’s unique credentialing program, which accredits training institutions and certifies instructors in these fields. Specifically, the group will make recommendations for revisions to the current IREC Standard 01022.

President Obama on Climate Change

Mon, 2013-01-28 10:36

During his inaugural address, President Obama took a brief moment to discuss climate change and expressed our social responsibility to take action. “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

Top 10 States for LEED Certification

Fri, 2013-01-25 12:34

This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2012 list of the top 10 states in the U.S for new LEED certifications. This list of the top states best portrays regions in the U.S. that are committed to transforming buildings and communities to become more sustainable and energy friendly.

Google Invests $1 Billion in Renewable Energy

Wed, 2013-01-23 13:52

Given increased worldwide energy demand, economic reliance on alternative energy solutions is paramount to the development of a sustainable future. While government incentives and individual initiatives drive the renewable energy sector forward, companies like Google have also become significant contributing forces toward alternative energy production. Recently, Google reached a major investment milestone, contributing more than $1 billion to wind and solar projects.

Spinning Spur

Interstate Renewable Energy Council Standards

Mon, 2013-01-14 14:02

Congress’ approval of the “fiscal cliff deal” sent a strong message of support for renewable energy development. Tax incentives for wind power development were extended, and industry professionals have proposed plans to gradually spread support out over several years. Other types of renewable generation also got a financial boost. Education will play a vital role in attaining the ultimate goals of innovation, economic strength, and a skilled workforce that will allow renewable energy to succeed on its own without financial backing from the government.

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