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Oct
15

China Sets Ambitious Targets, Helps Set Global EV Trend

China has joined the UK and France in setting goals and a timetable for the elimination of fossil-fuel powered vehicles. China has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution which has a negative impact on public health.  Reducing emissions for the over 200 ...

Oct
09

On Twitter, Elon Musk Discusses Using Solar Technology Rebuild Puerto Rico - Can and Will Tesla Help?

The power grid in Puerto Rico, already vulnerable, after a decade without maintenance, clearly suffered crippling damage when Hurricane Maria struck on September 20th. Though progress has been made, nearly three weeks later the vast majority of the island is still without power.  Abo...

Oct
05

It's Energy Efficiency Day, 2017!

October 5 is Energy Efficiency Day!  "Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, businesses, utilties, and individuals working to promote energy efficiency: the cheaptest, quckest way to meet our enenrgy needs, cut customer b...

Sep
25

ZereEnergy Design is Named "Best of Boston" Top Sustainable Architect by Boston Magazine

Congratulations to ZeroEnergy Design!  The company was recently named the top Sustainable Architect in the Boston area by Boston Magazine as a part of the publication's 10th Annual Best of Boston Home Awards.   According to Boston Magazine, "Stormwater-capturing cis...

Sep
25

World Green Building Week - September 25th - October 1st

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), including 70+ green building councils and thousands of their member companies, are celebrating World Green Building Week from September 25th - October 1st.   The theme this year is "Our Hero is Zero," a celebration and amplif...

Sep
13

It's National Drive Electric Week - Sept 9 - 17 - Attend an Event Near You

It's National Electric Drive Week! September 9-17 is National Drive Electric Week - This is a nation-wide series of events to raise awareness about all-eletric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles.   Attend an event near you, and find out what it's like to own and drive an...

Aug
31

Washington, DC Named First LEED Platinum City

Washington, DC has been recongized as the first LEED Platinum City in the world. United States green Building Council (USGBC) President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam announced the honor at a ceremony today at tDubar High School, the highest LEED rated school in the United States.  The certific...

Aug
12

Auburndale Builders - High-Performance Building Education Center Planned for Newton, MA

  Auburndale Builders is extensively retrofitting a new headquarters building in Newton, MA. The space is planned to be the first Passive House Office in the state. As if this wasn't impressive enough, the company will be creating a High-Performance Building Education Center....

Aug
07

Jarami Bond Named to the 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 - Congrats!

Rate It Green Community Member Jarami Bond was recently named to the 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 List.  GreenBiz works with the World Business Council for Sustaonable Development to search globally for those who are shaping the future of sustanable business.   As the Sustaina...

Aug
03

IKEA has Apparently Entered the Retail Solar Market

Forbes reports that IKEA will start selling solar panels and battery sotrage to retail customers, starting in the UK. The combined solar-battery storage syste will help consumers raise solar consumption from 40% to up to 80% of power generated. Electric bills might be cut up to 70%.  The ...

Aug
03

Will California Go 100% Renewable by 2045?

The California Assemly Utilities and Energy Committee has approved Senate Bill 100, a step towards a statewide goal of delivering 100% renweable energy.  Introduced by Senate President De Léon, the bill would set a 60% renewable energy goal for 2030 and 100% by 3045.  If the b...

Aug
02

Tesla Puts a Price on The Solar Roof - and It's Competitive

Tesla is now taking orders on the company's Solar Roof, at $21.85 a square foot. Consumer Reports had predicted the tiles would need to come in at $24.50  to be competitive, and the company has clearly delivered.   The tiles will come in four styles - Tuscan, Slate, Text...

Jul
28

Hawaii Makes Plans to Work 100% on Renewables

Hawaii has set a goal to be powered 100% on renewable energy by 2040. Regulators have been pushing for this for some time, but Hawaiian Electric’s Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) has recently been approved by the Public Utilities Commission.   Since Hawaii is so remote...

Jul
24

New Homes in South Miami Now Require Solar Panels

New homes being built in South Miami will now have to install solar panels due to new law approved on July 18. This law will also apply to existing houses that chose to renovate and will be going into effect on September 18. The new law requires new residential construction to have 175 square ...

Jul
19

Executive Director & Founder of Member Project Green Schools, Robin Organ, named a HUBweek change maker

Executive Director and Founder of Member Project Green Schools, Robin Organ was recently named a HUBweek change maker. Robin is responsible for creating and applying Project Green School’s programs across first United States, and now internationally. Robin has spoken with the former...

Jul
17

USGBC LA Turns 15!

USGBC-LA is turning 15 years this week! The organization is celebrating over 80,000 LEED projects across 162 countries, including more than 32,500 certified commercial projects, and over 770 v4 projects registered. Stacy Sinclair makes this the theme of her blog post this week - Read more abou...

Jul
16

Renewable Energy Will Be The Cheapest Energy Source by 2020

In recent research done by Morgan Stanley, it has been estimated that renewable energy will be the cheapest resource by 2020. If this pans out, analysts predict that the U.S. will meet the Paris commitment goals regardless of Trump’s withdrawal from the climate agreement.   ...

Jul
13

Volvo Announces A Big Commitment to Electric Vehicles - All Models to be Hybrid of Electric by 2019

This week, automaker Volvo made a significant announcement - the company will make all models hybrid or electric by 2019.  Volvo is the first major automaker to annnounce such a shift. According to the New York times, "Volvo's move may be the latest sign that the era of the gas g...

Jul
13

Zero Energy Design Project Featured in New Book: "Passive House Details"

Congratulations to Zero Energy Design - ZED's Hollis Montessori School Project is featured in the new book "Passive House Details," by Donald B. Corner, Jan C. Fillinger and Alison G. Kwok. The book, now available for pre-order, profiles top energy-efficient healthy and sust...

Jul
13

Former President Jimmy Carter Leases 10-Acre Site For Solar Farm

Earlier this year, in February, Jimmy Carter launched a solar farm big enough to power over 50%  of his hometown of Plains, Georgia. The former president initiated the project by leasing 10 acres of land to SolAmerica, an Atlanta based solar development and construction firm.  A long...

Jul
12

Member Viva Green Homes' Founder and CEO will be speaking at US Embassy's Speaker Program

Rate It Green Member, Viva Green Homes' founder and CEO, Kari Klaus, will be speaking in Budapest during the US Embassy’s Speaker Program on July 13. She will be discussing sustainable economic development and sharing her experience and advice for incorporating sustainability in...

Jul
12

Study Finds Green Homes in Texas Show Increase in Value by $25,000

The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Green Building Council conducted a new study that suggests new homes in Texas that are built to meet green building standards such as LEED (Leadership in energy and Environmental Design), are valued higher in resale by an average of $25,0...

Jul
12

France Plans to Ban Diesel and Gas Vehicles by 2040

On Thursday, June 6, France’s environment minister, Nicolas Hulot announced the plan to ban the sale of all diesel and gas vehicles in France by 2040. The decision is a part of the country’s renewed commitment to the Paris Climate deal. Diesel vehicles are to blame for a good ...

Jul
07

Ireland Sets Up Its First nZEB Training Centre in Wexford

In an effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, the 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive required that Ireland develop a plan to make all new buildings near Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB) by the end of 2020. Additionally, all new public buildings must be nZEB by 2018. To achiev...

Jun
27

Sustainable Comfort, Inc. - Deep Energy Retrofit of Triple Decker in Worcester

  Worcester-based Sustainable Comfort, Inc. (SCI), is conducting a deep energy retrofit of the triple decker building at 38 Stanton Street in the Bell Hill neighborhood of Worcester, MA. This is the first project of its kind for SCI in Worcester.   Built a century ag...