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Is Congress Jumping on Energy Efficiency?

February 27, 2013
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Is Congress Jumping on Energy Efficiency?

It could be a very good sign for energy efficiency and green tech advocates that so early in a new U.S. Congress, the House of Representatives has already held a hearing on energy efficiency technologies. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy...

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3 Key Strategies to Advancing Sustainability

February 25, 2013
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3 Key Strategies to Advancing Sustainability

Whether you’re a green marketer or company sustainability officer, what are the best ways to advance sustainability and get people engaged? The question was a recurring theme last week for sustainability experts and green business leaders at the  GreenBiz Forum in New York. Here are three key takeaways from a day spent at the...

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Tell Your Sustainability Story

February 21, 2013
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Tell Your Sustainability Story

Why hasn’t sustainability got traction? It isn’t because people don’t care, says sustainable journalist, strategist and educator Simran Sethi. It’s because people don’t resonate with the story. Sethi spoke at the GreenBiz Forum in New York City this week, where storytelling is high on the agenda for corporations and sustainability officers. Video production company...

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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

February 19, 2013
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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

A research report by Research and Markets says the global building automation and controls market is expected to reach $49.5 billion by 2018 and grow at a double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018. According to the report, demand for energy-efficient buildings, more convenient devices and enhanced security via building automation...

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EPEAT Expands To Include Printers And Copiers

February 15, 2013
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EPEAT Expands To Include Printers And Copiers

For over six years the EPEAT registry has helped businesses, organizations, and government agencies select greener PCs and monitors. Now the organization has expanded its system to include printers, copy machines, scanners, and other imaging equipment.

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Goodbye Energy Efficiency, Hello Energy Productivity

February 14, 2013
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Goodbye Energy Efficiency, Hello Energy Productivity

Energy efficiency is dead. It’s now called energy productivity. That’s the term being bandied about to show how energy conservation can increase economic productivity. In other words, energy efficiency and conservation isn’t bad for the economy, as many believe. It turns out that saving energy is actually good for economic output, because we end...

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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

February 13, 2013
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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

President Obama made the case for clean technology and energy efficiency in his State of the Union address Tuesday—and more importantly linked the development of energy efficiency to economic growth, issuing a “new goal to America” to cut the energy wasted in our homes and business by half in the next 20 years. That...

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Blizzard of Opportunity for GreenTech in Businesses, Homes

February 11, 2013
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Blizzard of Opportunity for GreenTech in Businesses, Homes

Storms like the blizzard Nemo and Hurricane Sandy are taking their toll on people’s energy-dependent psyches. As a result, more business and home owners consider energy storage systems for backup power. These can be great GreenTech opportunities to also sell more energy-efficiency technologies.

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“Greenest Office Building” Uses Daylight Dimming, Aggressive Plug Load Reduction

February 8, 2013
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“Greenest Office Building” Uses Daylight Dimming, Aggressive Plug Load Reduction

Editor’s note: This article is reposted from Earth Techling. Author is Randy Wood. When you’re billed as the “World’s Greenest Office Building” for more than a year before you’ve finished construction, you’d better make a big entrance. The Seattle-based environmental organization known as The Bullitt Foundation has taken up the challenge by announcing that...

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Efficiency Technology Saves Energy in New York Times Building

Efficiency Technology Saves Energy in New York Times Building

Designing a building holistically, and making sure that its components and systems work together according to design intent, can pay big dividends in energy savings and occupant satisfaction, according to a study of The New York Times Building by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The study, A Post-occupancy Monitored Evaluation of the...

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