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NJ Finds Success in Solar

Thu, 2012-01-12 15:40

The Board of Public Utilities for the State of New Jersey released a memorandum on January 5 in which they analyzed the current solar programs in the state and provided recommendations for the next steps.

According to their report, there was 490.5 MW of solar installed throughout the state in 12,379 installations as of October 31, 2011. Of this capacity, 410.5 MW were net-metered systems either on customer’s roofs or ground-mounted installations and 81 MW were grid supply projects. The majority of the grid supply capacity was PSEG Solar for All projects.

Sustainability Manager Training: Final Exam Review

Tue, 2012-01-10 11:21

I’m happy to say that I passed the final exam. I scored a 77 on the 100 question, open-book test. Most of the questions, which are pulled from a question bank, are multiple choice. There are a few questions that ask that you select more than one of the given answers. Overall I felt that the questions accurately summarized everything that I learned in the course. I spent 2 nights studying and preparing a cheat sheet so that I could find specific topics and questions quickly. I also went through the rest of the on demand material that was available in my account.

The Woman's Role in Sustainability

Mon, 2012-01-09 09:45

Gone are the days when women were expected to stay at home full time. Now, women are not only encouraged to work alongside men, but a recent study from Catalyst and Harvard Business School (HBS) shows that female contributions are wildly beneficial. The research shows a strong connection between having more women on boards and in executive management and “greater corporate social responsibility.”

AIA Continuing Education 2012 Changes

Fri, 2012-01-06 09:45

With a new year also comes change. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that AIA members will be required to complete 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) education, an increase from the previous requirement of 8 HSW. The AIA Board will re-evaluate the sustainable design (SD) requirement in 2012. The new HSW requirement goes into effect in January 2012, and AIA members should fulfill their total 18 hours of continuing education within the year.

Apple to Implement Solar Farm in N.C.

Thu, 2012-01-05 15:09

Known for their computers and portable electronics, Apple, Inc. has consistently sought to decrease its environmental impact through comprehensive green manufacturing to reduce carbon emissions. According to reports by the Charlotte Observer, Apple will continue its sustainability policies with preparation for a solar farm in Maiden, N.C. to power its recently opened data center. Permits issued by Catawba County show that Apple will reshape over 171 acres of vacant land, adjacent to their data center, for the project.

Corporate Sustainability Manager- Week 4 Review

Wed, 2012-01-04 17:13

We started our final week discussing what was going to be on the test. Some key takeaways included being able to know about the gri standards and what they mean as well as having an understanding into the what greenhouse gases are and their impact on the environment. As of this posting, 10% of the exam are technical questions. It was suggested that we know environmental indicators at a high level.

BPI Program Changes in 2012

Thu, 2011-12-29 15:37

If you read our post on BPI Certifications Closer to ANSI Accreditation, then you are probably aware that the Building Performance Institute (BPI) will be inititating operational changes starting February 1, 2012, in an attempt to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements. BPI staff announced their organizational changes in a nationwide webinar to all of its training affiliates.

Corporate Sustainability Manager- Week 3 Review

Mon, 2011-12-26 17:44

My third live online session was filled with healthy discussion and lots and lots of case studies. Our session opened with a discussion about the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart. The book reference was an introduction into the cradle to cradle concept for conducting a life cycle assessment (LCA). Jon Boggiano, one of the Founders of Everblue and our instructor (he rocks!), began the introduction of what a life cycle assessment is by comparing the difference between a closed loop and open loop process.

Enter the Green Workforce

Tue, 2011-12-20 11:28

If ever there was a time in which people were searching for self-improvement, it’s now. Americans spend more than $11 billion each year on self-improvement products and services. With unemployment numbers around 9 percent, individuals are realizing that they need to set themselves apart from the competition and get job training.

Some individuals are looking to the sustainability and green building industries as their way out of unemployment. Sometimes switching careers is the best thing to do, since former industries have been permanently outsourced.

U.S. Fights for First in Solar Industry

Thu, 2011-12-15 09:30

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently posed a variety of questions at the closing ceremony of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. He challenged attendees to think critically about the United States’ position in the solar industry and to not lose hope.

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