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A Sustainable Resolution for 2013

Thu, 2013-01-10 14:24

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? No pressure, but it’s that time of year! A chance to reflect on lessons learned. A chance to improve in the coming year. Feeling overwhelmed? Whether you are a fan of New Year goal setting or not, there is one simple commitment worth making in 2013 that will benefit your sense of well-being, the planet, and your pocketbook.

U.S. Town Implements Bottled Water Ban

Mon, 2013-01-07 14:21

If you read our earlier post, "College Campuses Ban Bottled Water," then you're aware of the growing trend hitting communities across the country. Several colleges and universities have limited the sale and use of single-serving plastics, namely plastic water bottles. More recent reports indicate that the same ban evident on the college scene has now been implemented in Concord, Massachusetts. With this announcement, Concord becomes the first U.S. city to limit the sale and use of plastic water bottles.

Wind Energy Tax-Credit Extension

Fri, 2013-01-04 11:58

After weeks of deliberation, Congress brokered a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, significantly impacting the renewable energy industry. In particular, the deal allows for the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which will help further the development of American wind energy resources.

The tax-credit extensions will:

• Provide tax relief to U.S. wind farms that begin construction in 2013

• Support the manufacturing of wind turbines and components in America

• Sustain growth in the industry, and;

5 Steps Beyond LEED Certification

Fri, 2012-12-28 11:19

Achieving LEED certification for a building is the ideal beginning to sustainability efforts. But, to stop at certification would be akin to an athlete training to peak condition, qualifying for the Olympics, and showing up to compete in a stadium without any spectators. The LEED Certification process “trains” a building to perform at optimal levels. Owners and occupants must put the building to the test and verify levels of performance.

3 Ways To Minimize The Water-Energy Nexus Problem

Fri, 2012-12-21 17:38

Water and energy are intertwined. Energy production requires water, and supplying water to the general population requires energy. The conservation and proper management of these resources are imperative to maintaining a balance between energy demand and limited resources.

When tasked with finding a solution, one thing comes to mind: energy conservation. The key is to start changing the perception of “green” and “sustainability” by encouraging consumers to view these as strategies aimed at energy efficiency and cost savings.

Local Ownership Optimizes Wind Benefits

Tue, 2012-12-18 15:07

According to a third quarter report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U.S. surpassed 50,000 megawatts (MW) of total installed electrical generative capacity for the first time this past August.

Bipartisan Support for Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2012-12-18 09:49

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that takes steps toward energy efficiency in the United States. The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582) modifies legislation that passed through the Senate last month and will soon return to the Senate for final approval. The bill focuses on a variety of technical corrections to equipment efficiency standards previously enacted by Congress, helping to improve program functionality.

12 Myths About Sustainability for 12/12/2012

Wed, 2012-12-12 18:11

In honor of 12/12/2012, Everblue wanted to dispel the top 12 myths associated with sustainability and green training.

MYTH 1: Nobody knows what sustainability really means.

FACT: The definition determined by the 1987 United Nations Conference coined sustainability as a way to “meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” The definition is really simple, and it can apply to a wide range of things from Fortune 500 companies to the government, and even single-family households.

Will Progress Distract From Conservation?

Tue, 2012-12-11 11:19

Cautious optimism might be the most appropriate response to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recent release of its annual World Energy Outlook, predicting a global shift in the energy mix. The roles of both fuels and regions are changing.

Humanscale London: LEED, BREEAM, and Ska

Thu, 2012-12-06 11:43

Humanscale London welcomed 60 guests to their ergonomics showroom for a panel discussion to debate international green building standards: LEED, BREEAM and Ska for commercial interiors. The debate was organized and moderated by Kurt Fernandes, Humanscale London A+D Manager.