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Declaration of Energy Independence

July 2, 2015
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Declaration of Energy Independence

Independence Day? How about a reading from a Declaration of Energy Independence? And we wouldn't have to edit the original by much. Take a look.

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Why the EPA’s Smack-down Is Good for Clean Tech

July 2, 2015
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Why the EPA’s Smack-down Is Good for Clean Tech

If you’re a clean tech and wellness advocate, the Supreme Court ruling this week limiting the power of the EPA to regulate toxic emissions at power plants smacks at placing business interests over our health and the environment. Yet the EPA’s new costs limitations can be good for green tech. How, what, huh? The...

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The Key to Building and Energy Management at Schneider Electric’s new HQ

June 25, 2015
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Schneider Electric Boston One

I recently toured building management giant Schneider Electric’s new North American headquarters in Andover, Mass. The Boston One campus, as it is called, contains offices for the company’s buildings business and other divisions, in addition to 52 R&D labs. It’s interesting to see how a company in buildings systems and energy management builds and...

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Metrics to a New Success—with Values

May 7, 2015
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Metrics to a New Success—with Values

In the shadows of big business, Big Data, and the march to profits lurks a new movement that still checks its sites on making money, but with other values in mind. The hot areas for values-based banking? Organic foods and energy efficiency, says the CEO of sustainability-minded New Resource Bank.

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The Really Easy Earth Day Quiz

April 22, 2015
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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

April 16, 2015
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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 in how energy efficiency improves economic productivity, by saving resources...

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Lucky Kids: College Does Microgrid Test with Milbank Synap6

April 8, 2015
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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 Missouri University of Science & Technology (S&T). The microgrid is...

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GTA is Back: An Open Letter to Readers

April 7, 2015
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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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Is Alarm.com the Bellwether of Home Energy Management?

August 15, 2013
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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

August 6, 2013
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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 features an Apple-based Savant home control system with Savant’s SmartEnergy...

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