Everblue blogs

LEED Volume Program

Mon, 2012-09-10 14:17

LEED Certification is an in-depth process that requires building owners and project managers to follow rigorous standards for green building and design. In the past, some organizations that worked hard to design and build green buildings opted not to pursue LEED Certification. They often used LEED credit categories as a checklist for developing a green building but found that the LEED Certification process was too costly and too reliant on paperwork.

President Obama's Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Fri, 2012-09-07 08:45

As the Democratic National Convention winds down, talk about alternative energy solutions and energy efficiency standards continues to move forward for President Obama. Last night, during his convention speech, President Obama outlined his alternative energy policies, which align with the commitments he made during his State of the Union Address.

Windows and Energy Efficiency

Thu, 2012-09-06 09:02

Everybody wants the corner office and the room with a view. Natural daylight and beautiful views are desirable features in any living or workspace. Windows keep us connected to the outside world. Exposure to light is important to our overall health and well-being. But, when it comes to energy efficiency and comfort, windows are often singled out as the cause of a home performance problem and an area needing improvement. What does this mean for energy efficient design and our beloved windows? Can we get the light without the heat in the summer?

The Road to Success with Larry Zarker

Fri, 2012-08-31 11:30

The Building Performance Institute is the nation's premier organization for residential energy efficiency certification. I had the opportunity to interview the CEO, Larry Zarker, who shared his road to success along with useful advice for individuals interested in a BPI certification:

Q: You were the Vice President of Marketing for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for 20 years. How did that experience prepare you for your role as CEO at BPI?

Create Your Own Green Job

Wed, 2012-08-29 12:04

With the growth of the green economy and more attention to environmental protections, many professionals are reinventing themselves, in favor of jobs with an environmental focus. But, does a green career change have to mean a job change? Maybe not. At least not right away. You could already be on a career path leading to green and not even know it. Even accountants are getting into the green groove. What if instead of searching for a green job, you could transform the job you are already in?

Conceptualizing Sustainable Agriculture: Part 1

Wed, 2012-08-29 11:26

The agricultural industry in the United States has rapidly evolved over the past few decades from smaller family-owned farms to more expansive, commercial farms. Advancements in technology, mechanization, specialization, and government policies for maximum production quotas have systematically contributed to farming practices that have negatively impacted consumers, animals, and the environment.

Everblue Understands You

Mon, 2012-08-27 13:36

At some point in your life, you may have heard someone say, “I don’t understand what you’re saying. Can you draw it out for me? I’m more of a visual learner.” This individual wasn’t trying to be difficult. Everyone learns and comprehends information differently. Whether or not we acknowledge it, we all associate ourselves with one of these three popular learning styles, as they are called: Visual, Auditory, Kinetic / Interactive.

Promoting Energy and National Security

Thu, 2012-08-23 10:05

In an effort to reduce energy costs and dependency on foreign fuel sources, the Department of Defense (DOD) has made one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history – to generate 3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2025, enough power to sustain nearly 750,000 homes. To accomplish this goal, the DOD has tasked the Army, Navy, and the Air Force to install 1 GW of power each, through renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal.

Net Metering - Why The Battle?

Thu, 2012-08-23 01:54

If you read Net Metering At Legislative Crossroads, you are aware that net metering has proven to be an important policy in the advancement of renewable energy and has also become a divisive issue in the U.S. As many states quickly approach the regulatory cap on the number of systems eligible, the debate over how much financial assistance to provide for solar power is heating up. Pun intended.

Who are the players, and what are the concerns?

From Accountant to Sustainability Manager

Mon, 2012-08-20 12:23

Researchers from the University of Waikato in New Zealand have announced that certified sustainability managers are necessary in order for companies to achieve the best sustainability outcomes.

A 2010 survey of managing directors, accountants, and sustainability managers found that there are clear business benefits to having a sustainability strategy and that often times, accountants make up only a small minority of the leadership roles involved in strategy setting.