Monthly Archives: May 2015

Want To Save Energy? Go Downtown!

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Bob Best



Posted by: Bob Best

Energy and Sustainability Services


Much of our energy-saving efforts are focused on cities.


Two reasons.

First, though they represent about 2% of land use, they consume about 70% of the world’s energy.  So, they are where the biggest potential lies.

Second, cities are the right governmental level for maximum impact. They control codes and regulations. Cities have the infrastructure (inspectors and licensing agencies)… Read More

Solar Power without Panels in Minnesota?

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Energy & Sustainability Services

If you want solar power at a lower cost than conventional electricity, you can do it without any solar panels on your property, if you are in Minnesota (or other states looking to apply this concept in the coming months).

The concept is called a “solar garden.”

Here’s how it works. Minnesota passed legislation in 2013, allowing… Read More

Engaged Employees Pay Out

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Energy & Sustainability Services

Why bother with programs that get employees more “engaged?” After all, isn’t just a lot babble?

Some interesting research indicates that it’s not babble at all.

  • Engaged employees at Molson Coors were five time less likely to have a safety incident, and seven times less likely to have a lost-time safety incident.
  • Engaged employees in the U.K. take
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