Monthly Archives:February 2013

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Guest Post: 2012 Cost Savings in Energy Efficient Lighting

While environmentally friendly business practices are often viewed as an added cost, energy efficient lighting is one area where cost savings and environmental benefits go hand in hand. Take for instance a recent retrofit completed on a tennis court just outside of Chicago; this custom – engineered retrofit has a payback period of just two years.

February 28th

Greening the Home, Part Uncountable

So let’s say you have been checking out some resources online on how to make your home greener. You know for yourself that it would be a bit disgraceful for people to think that you are doing and sharing everything you can to them about rising sea levels, global warming, climate change and animal extinction. But […]

February 27th

First Solar Sets New World Record for CdTe Solar Cell Efficiency

First Solar, Inc. today announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency, achieving 18.7 percent cell efficiency in tests confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The record-setting cell was constructed at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio factory and R&D center using processes and materials – including the glass substrate – that are designed for commercial-scale manufacturing.

February 27th

Cross-Laminated Timber Symposium in Seattle

Follows the Seattle Wood Solutions Fair Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Symposium What: The Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program will host the first-ever US Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Symposium February 27-28, 2013 in Seattle. CLT is now available in North America and has the potential to significantly change how wood is used across the building landscape. Attendees […]

February 26th

Guest Post: Developing a Relationship Between Fire Prevention Tools and Green Practices

Extinguishing fires in the best way possible has become standard practice in arresting the rampant destruction of property. Unfortunately, the chemicals used to put out blazes are often hazardous to the environment and are proven to be anything but green or sustainable.  Guest writer Natasha Sabin addresses some of these concerns. The issue Fire safety and […]

February 26th

Have Shale Plays Hijacked Our Energy Future?

“Ten percent of the Lower 48 has been leased by oil companies. That’s more acreage than we plant in corn and wheat. Oil and gas extraction is now the dominant land use on the continent.   “In short, shale plays are a peculiar sort of blessing. For sure, they’ve given us a staggering amount of […]

February 25th

How Climate Change is Destroying the Earth

We received this letter and infographic from Allison Lee: “I am part of a team of designers and researchers that put together an infographic showing how bad climate change has gotten and how it’s contributing to the destruction of our planet. I thought you might be interested, so I wanted to reach out.”

February 25th

Clean Energy Tech: PNNL Rolls Out Tech at ARPA-E

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will exhibit their work at the 2013 Energy Innovation Summit of high-impact energy research funded by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E. The summit runs Feb. 25-27 at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Below is an overview of PNNL research that will be highlighted there.

February 25th

Plant a Green Roof: Feed 70 Chickens and Lower Your Bills

If you live in a large metro like we do, odds are you see mostly bleak-hued buildings. Lots and lots of buildings. One thing we don’t see enough of? Greenery. Of any sort, really. (Unless you count the dog park, or rather, the patch of brown grass down the street.) We’re so nature-deprived we’d welcome […]

February 22nd

Solar News: SolarCity Wants You To Steal Its Contracts; Germany Reaches Out To Neighbors…

We are always grateful to Zach Shahan at Clean Technica for the timely information he provides regarding renewable energy. [repostus hash=7969ac6b95bdcd3da428ddcd296c6114 title=Solar+News%3A+SolarCity+Wants+You+To+Steal+Its+Contracts%3B+Germany+Reaches+Out+To+Neighbors%26%238230%3B host=Clean+Technica short=1zVki snip=Below+are+some+top+solar+power+stories+%28other+than+our+own%29+from+the+past+week+or+so.+Enjoy%21+Note%3A+following+this+post%2C+I%E2%80%99m+actually+going+to+streamline+this+news+roundup+process+by+sharing%C2%A0daily+Solar+Energy+News+Roundups%C2%A0only%C2%A0in+this+Google+Doc%C2%A0%28rather+than+doing+so+there%C2%A0and%C2%A0on+this+CleanTechnica%26hellip%3B thumb=4351931]

February 21st