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The Really Easy Earth Day Quiz

The Really Easy Earth Day Quiz

Happy Earth Day! Let’s have some fun. Below you'll find a very quick,  easy and fun quiz covering topics from drought and water savings,  geoengineering schemes, fracking and some very interesting stuff about medicinal plants. Wait. Drought, water savings, fracking, FUN? Maybe FUN should be the chief resolution for greenies and techies and enviros...

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What Banking, Biomimicry and Mold Spores Have in Common

What Banking, Biomimicry and Mold Spores Have in Common

I never thought I'd see a banker and a biomimicry expert in the same conference session, but that's exactly what happened at the Babson Energy & Environment Conference last week. Though perhaps we should expect it. The economy-ecology relationship has been detailed here, especially...

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Lucky Kids: College Does Microgrid Test with Milbank Synap6

Lucky Kids: College Does Microgrid Test with Milbank Synap6

How would you like to live here? Check out this community of four homes that runs off of a microgrid that produces, consumes and monitors all of its own power, completely independently from the electrical grid. It's part of an active test at the...

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GTA is Back: An Open Letter to Readers

GTA is Back: An Open Letter to Readers

What should GreenTech Advocates 2.0 be? Look for articles on green tech, sustainability and wellness--in buildings and homes, industry and communities. And we'll have some fun with humor and nature.

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“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

No April Fools, Yesterday the Bullitt Center proved its status as the greenest commercial building in the world by becoming the first office building to earn Living Building certification, the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. To earn the certification, the...

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Productivity, GreenTech and the Emotional Connection

Productivity, GreenTech and the Emotional Connection

In business today, it's all about productivity. Here's how green tech can help with that, and how making the emotional connection can help green tech.

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Making the Emotional Connection for Sustainability, Efficiency

Making the Emotional Connection for Sustainability, Efficiency

The sustainability, green and green tech movements need to stop reasoning and make efficiency an emotional need.

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Sustainability in Paradise 2: Here’s the Plan

Sustainability in Paradise 2: Here’s the Plan

Larry Ellison's vision for a sustainable island of Lana'i, Hawaii, includes solar-powered desalination, hydro power, microgrids, a solar farm, EVs and more.

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What Are Smart Buildings?

What Are Smart Buildings?

What makes a building “smart”? Is it intelligence, automation, technology or something more? We got some ideas at the Verge conference in Boston this week, and of course have some of our own.

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The Green Tech Lessons of Abraham Lincoln

The Green Tech Lessons of Abraham Lincoln

Anyone interested in selling green technologies and effecting energy-efficient change should see Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Lincoln. See it to study the influential technique of not only our greatest president, but perhaps our greatest politician. And learn why “Now! Now! Now!” is the answer.

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Is Alarm.com the Bellwether of Home Energy Management?

Is Alarm.com the Bellwether of Home Energy Management?

If you want to know where energy management in the home is going, you may want to track Alarm.com and its automation features.

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Video: Energy Monitoring System in Action

If you want to see what an energy monitoring system looks like in the recesses of an equipment room, and how the finished on-screen display can be operated, check out these videos I took recently in a cool green home in Vermont. The home...

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