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Innovation Breeds Energy Efficiency

Thu, 2012-04-05 09:36

If you look at the most innovative companies, they are usually the most eco-friendly. There’s something about innovation that breeds energy efficient practices. It’s as if individuals are thinking outside the box about new ways to do the same work, and that leads to efficiency. I think we’re onto something!

One example of this comes from General Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust based in Chicago, IL. The company owns and manages shopping malls throughout the United States.

ACI National Home Performance Conference

Tue, 2012-04-03 07:41

Last week’s ACI National Home Performance Conference in Baltimore, MD was a large success. It felt like home being among so many individuals passionate about residential energy efficiency. Everblue staff enjoyed the blend of opportunities available during the conference, including attending educational seminars, networking at the exhibition booth, presenting to others, and participating in after-hours events.

Natural Ecosystem vs. Economic Growth

Wed, 2012-03-28 11:19

As the global economy struggles to recover from the economic recession, many countries, including the United States, have sought to implement various strategies for economic growth. In particular, the growing desire for energy independence to alleviate foreign oil investments is a continual topic of discussion in the media. As many Americans are facing more turmoil at the pump, conversations about domestic production of oil have consistently developed.

Solar Energy Basics

Mon, 2012-03-26 09:17

Studies have shown that among all the clean energy occupations out there, jobs relating to solar and renewable energy have shown the steadiest incline. In the last 10 years, solar photovoltaic (PV) jobs have remained in the top 15 sectors of green jobs growth.

NYSERDA Incentives

Thu, 2012-03-22 14:53

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has consistently sought to improve the state’s economic, energy, and environmental vitality. The increase in utility costs have caused many households in the state to undergo energy efficient upgrades to alleviate high energy usage while creating a comfortable living space. To assist in these changes, NYSERDA is offering incentives to state residents. Below are some details regarding NYSERDA incentives to retrofit your home energy system:

5 Reasons Why Sustainability is Sustainable

Wed, 2012-03-21 10:29

Sustainability, one of the more prominent headlines in the news recently, has created much debate in the United States. Rising energy costs and depleting natural resources have caused many Americans to question our energy future. While many people agree that sustainability is a necessary element to combat the energy gap, there still remains strong dissention and skepticism about its viability and importance.

College Campuses Ban Bottled Water

Mon, 2012-03-19 09:39

The growth of plastic water bottle usage in the U.S. has resulted in a $22 billion retail packaged-water industry that is continuing to thrive. Enter any vendor location, and you are bound to find water bottles being sold. Couple that with strong advertising campaigns, and it is easy to see why the industry is continuing to grow.

Why Green Jobs Are Recession-Proof

Wed, 2012-03-14 12:24

There’s been a lot of debate as to whether or not green jobs have staying power in a down economy. What makes green jobs more sustainable (forgive the pun) than regular jobs? The largest reason why green industries remain attractive in times of downturn is the sheer fact that energy efficiency and renewable energy both result in cost savings and resilience in the face of rising costs. The issues that people worry about during a recession are the same issues being addressed through green jobs.

RESNET Conference Recap

Mon, 2012-03-12 08:29

I would like to stress the importance of attending conferences and the exposure to many opportunities for continued education. In many cases, a certification from an organization like RESNET or BPI is a starting point to an entry-level position. We are involved in an expanding and evolving industry, and it is important to stay up-to-date with what is going on in our industry.

I recently attended the 2012 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Austin, TX. Some of the benefits I was able to experience from attending the conference included the following:

Wind Turbines Key to U.S. Energy Plan

Wed, 2012-03-07 10:22

As President Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address, the U.S. must become a nation that’s “built to last,” implementing sustainable practices that will secure our future energy needs. With decreasing dependency on foreign oil, alternative energy solutions, such as wind turbines, are beginning to flourish across the country. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced its plans to implement a six-year, $180M initiative to drive offshore wind turbine development.

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