Monthly Archives: February 2014

Creating Climate Wealth in Costa Rica

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Simone Skopek
Energy & Sustainability Services

Notwithstanding the online world of social networking, it’s fun to catch up with an old university friend in person, and find out that you have developed parallel professional interests. This happened on a recent holiday to Costa Rica, where we bumped into Miguel, an old friend we hadn’t seen for decades, who heads up Sustainable Rural Development in Central… Read More

Sustainability and Safety

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Michael Robbinson
Environmental Health & Safety

No matter what type of work we perform, we need to focus on doing that work safely, without injury to employees or to people in the communities where we work.  “Safety First” is a maxim that applies to “green jobs” too.

According to OSHA, green jobs are defined broadly as jobs that help to improve the environment as well as… Read More

Cities Lead the Way to Greener Buildings

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

If you are looking for the “front line” in the battle to make buildings more energy-efficient, look to the cities.  That is where the action is today.

In the last few weeks, mayors from ten major cities united to launch a massive effort to cut energy consumption by $1 billion annually.

Mayors from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los… Read More

Solar Panels on Air Planes?

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Jessica Pasciak
Energy and Sustainability Services

 

Solar technology is soaring to new heights… literally.

A Spanish designer has envisioned a new, more environmentally friendly way to travel the skies.  Oscar Viñals’ futuristic “whale plane” is a huge new concept in air travel.  The “AWWA Sky Whale” is much larger than today’s biggest planes and could be the “greenest aircraft imaginable”.

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Building Condition Assessments Move Beyond Due Diligence

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Joseph Andronaco
ProSite Building Assesments

In the early 1990s, the building condition assessment came into favor as part of the due diligence process.  Essentially, professional engineers and architects performed in-depth building inspections to support property transfers.

Over the past few years, the building condition assessment has grown into a powerful  tool for commercial building owners to make their existing assets greener and more… Read More