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Architecture 2030 and Net Zero Energy Buildings

Today in class we talked about Architecture 2030, which is a private organization started by Edward Mazria to, in their words, “achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.”  Architecture 2030 is effectively trying to change […]

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Better Buildings and the Federal Government

In today’s class we discussed the various programs, standards, and incentives supported by the Federal Government to promote energy efficient, high performance and sustainable buildings.  We started off by talking about funding… the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency receive substantial funding, but it’s only a fraction of what “other” agencies receive.  Below is […]

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2011 Reboot

Hi all… If there are any of you out there actually reading still, I clearly fell off the face of the earth for the last 4 months of 2010.  It was a hectic and crazy time at the office and I really only had energy for the work that I do with, well, energy. That […]

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Rendered speechless

I thought about posting something around Earth Day, since it was the 40th anniversary this year, and since I spent that day watching the awesome PBS special Earth Days about the inception of the holiday in 1970. I thought about posting something, and then this happened. And now I pretty much just don’t know what […]

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Shopping second-hand is easy on the planet and your wallet

How many times have you had a themed party to go to or simply needed a very – shall we say – “specific” wardrobe item, and you decided that going to Goodwill was your best option?  If you’re like me, then you’ve had that internal conversation a lot.  (Although, granted, most people might not like […]

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HOME STAR: This is kind of a big deal

There are several energy and climate bills floating around in the Congress right now, including the Kerry/Boxer (or Kerry/Graham/Lieberman) Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (which has been in the works since – but not because – I thanked them here) ; the Bingaman/Murkowski American Clean Energy Leadership Act, or ACELA; the Cantwell/Collins CLEAR […]

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Climate Killers

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade everyone!  Here’s to hoping we can make big strides this year in our efforts to save energy, reduce waste, and generally try to keep the Earth as hospitable to human life as possible. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are some pretty vocal people who are still working […]

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Thank you, Senators

“Thank you” is not a phrase I imagine many of us utter in the direction of U.S. Senators these days.  I, myself, tend to think that there are many Senators who are so far deep in the pockets of corporations that not only are they NOT representing the interests of the American people, they are […]

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Weatherization: not just a long, fancy word

I love it when the topic of weatherization comes up in political debates or speeches.  To me, it means that the people in charge are actually paying attention and realize that buildings need to be more energy efficient.  But, what exactly IS weatherization? First the definition:  Dictionary.com says that weatherization is the process of making […]

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Trying to get Americans to care about climate change

Last week, Treehugger posted an interesting piece about a poll that was conducted on average citizens in countries around the world, the U.S. included.  The question asked was, on a zero to 10 scale, “How high of a priority should the government place on global warming?” and the answers, shown in the nifty bar graph […]

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