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How Cities Are Becoming Resilient

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Wed, 2019-03-13 10:09

In our previous post about resilient buildings, we talked about how the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognized the importance of resilience during the design, construction, and operations of our building stock. They’ve also expanded this vision to cities, with initiatives that include the LEED for Cities Pilot and RELi.  Read more: How Cities Are Becoming Resilient »

Plan for Building Resilience

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Wed, 2019-03-06 13:04

In our previous post, we introduced the concept of resilience as it applies to infrastructure and disaster relief. To continue this theme, let's look at what organizations are doing to encourage resilient building strategies.

commercial building resilience  Read more: Plan for Building Resilience »

An Introduction to Resilience

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Wed, 2019-02-27 13:08

What do climate change and cybersecurity have in common?

Both are:

threats to our well-being

becoming more prevalent

can be addressed through resilience

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You’re probably familiar with the general definition of resilience, which is the ability to recover quickly.  Read more: An Introduction to Resilience »

BPI Energy Audits Save Lives

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Wed, 2019-02-20 14:06

During the winter months, it’s not uncommon to see articles about the benefits of home energy audits, especially as a solution to controlling energy bills while maintaining thermal comfort.

But home energy audits serve another purpose year-round: saving lives.  Read more: BPI Energy Audits Save Lives »

Getting Your Energy Auditor License

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Wed, 2019-02-13 12:59

As you embark on a new career path in the energy efficiency industry, you may begin your research with identifying the qualifications for an energy auditor license.

But, for the most part, an "Energy Auditor License" does not exist.

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How can this be? How do you show that you're a competent energy auditor? Keep reading.  Read more: Getting Your Energy Auditor License »

Getting Your Solar Installer License

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Wed, 2019-02-06 14:37

Commercial and residential solar is growing exponentially in locations across the country, leaving states to play catch-up as far as rolling out contractor requirements and qualifications.

More and more jurisdictions have started to define what it means to be a practicing solar installation professional, however the definitions vary by state - and often county to county.

What's often confused are the terms solar license and solar certification - and which is required?  Read more: Getting Your Solar Installer License »

Obtaining a License vs. a Certification

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Wed, 2019-01-30 15:15

When researching a new career, one of the first items you'll review are the qualifications. This will include education, work experience, licensure and/or certifications.

The first two are straightforward, but what exactly is the difference between licensure and certification?

Is licensure the same thing as certification? …the answer is no.  Read more: Obtaining a License vs. a Certification »

Green New Deal: What's Next?

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Tue, 2019-01-08 14:14

The new Congress has convened, which means the Democratic Party has taken control of the House of Representatives. Included in this group is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is largely being linked to climate change activism and the Green New Deal.

In the last few weeks, Ocasio-Cortez has suggested that Democrats not squander their opportunity to address climate change now that they can, arguably, do something about it.

Specifically, she has proposed these small actions to get started:  Read more: Green New Deal: What's Next? »

Climate Change Innovation Requires Leadership

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Thu, 2019-01-03 13:24

If you're a frequent reader of our blog (or have been following the news lately), you know that our new Congress may soon be making big decisions on climate change legislation.

The proposed Green New Deal, largely spearheaded by newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been described as the most aggressive climate legislation our country has seen and therefore matches the scope of the issue.

But what we'd like to focus on today is the power of youth, courage, and leadership.  Read more: Climate Change Innovation Requires Leadership »

Evolution of the Green New Deal Term

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Thu, 2019-05-30 00:06

Shortly after the 2018 midterm elections, the phrase "Green New Deal" started to become a trending topic in Google searches and on Twitter.

This is largely because the newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a sit-in outside of Nancy Pelosi's office to show support of bold climate change action. Ocasio-Cortez then released a draft proposal for such legislation, which is being called the Green New Deal.

If you're just now learning about the Green New Deal, you might be interested in our first three articles in this series:  Read more: Evolution of the Green New Deal Term »