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Feb
20

Rate It Green Memeber, One Click LCA, Awarded Energy Globe Award 2018

Submitted by: One Click LCA

Rate It Green member, Once Click LCA, was recently awarded the Energy Globe Award for Finland 2018. Established in 1999, the Energy Globe Award is granted by the Energy Globe Foundation annually to “extraordinary sustainable projects” in order to promote sustainability worldwide.&...

Jan
31

Applications are open for the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge - Apply by April 8

Applications are open for the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge - Apply by April 8! In partnership with CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain NOVA, Greentown Labs is seeking applications for innovative ideas to disrupt the built environment value chain. This program will focus on innovation in ...

Jan
30

ZeroEnergy Design's Farmhouse Wins Sustainable Design Award from Boston Society of Architects (BSA)

Congratulations to ZeroEnergy Design for winning a Sustainable Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects at the 8th annual BSAAwards Gala this January.  ZeroEnergy recieved this honor for the company's Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse project.   The 2900 sf N...

Dec
01

Appraisal Institute's FREE Guide to Value Green Buildings and Homes

Did you know that the Appraisal Institute published and offers a Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum? This document provides a unique framework for assisting appraisers to value commercial asset and the value of its green component, such as solar panels and other ene...

Nov
30

Falling Prices Help Solar Add Value to Your Home

Having solar panels on your home used to be "more of an 'earth warrior' statement than a great way to power a home while reducing electric bills." It is no longer the case. When the solar panels were first introduced back in the 1970s, the cost per watt used to $70. Accordin...

Nov
29

Green Building Certifications Reach Record Levels in Nation’s Largest Cities

The number of America's certified green buildings are hitting a record high. Researchers have found green certified office space (either LEED certified or EPA's Energy Star label) across America’s 30 largest metro areas has reached 41 percent of market totals – ...

Nov
28

IPCC Report: Global Warming Crisis Could Come As Early As 2030

The new IPCC report issued in 2018 is "quite a shock, and quite concerning." said Bill Hare, an author of previous I.P.C.C. reports and a physicist with Climate Analytics, a nonprofit organization. In 2016, the IPCC accepted an invitation to analyze the impact of 1.5 °C above th...

Nov
14

2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC), Released on November 8

The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) was released on November 8 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The 2018 International Green Construction Code, or 2018-IgCC, will help gove...

Oct
05

What are You Doing Today for Energy Efficiency Day?

October 5 has been declared Energy Efficiency Day, by the US Senate, and over 40 local governments and more than 300 communities, companies and organizations: https://bit.ly/2RtpohM  To learn more and to take action in your home or neighborhood, visit: https://www.energ...

Sep
17

World Green Building Week - September 24-30

It's Green Building Week September 24th-30th!   This is a time every year when the USGBC, World GBC and partnering chapters and organizations work to promote and really celebrate sustainable building materials, products, companies/organizations - and people - in a way d...

Sep
06

California Votes in Carbon-Free Electricity Generation, with a 2045 Target

Following Hawaii's lead and pending Governor Brown's expected signature, California lawmakers voted at the end of August to require 100 percent carbon-free electricity generation by 2045.   California currently gets 29% of electricity, up from 11% a decade ago. ...

Jul
20

Ireland Will Become the World's First Country to Divest from Fossil Fuels

  We know that UK church plans to dump $21 billions of fossil fuels if the companies do not align to climate change goals by 2023. Now, the practice levels up to a national action in Ireland. The Republic of Ireland will become the first country in the world to sell off its inves...

Jul
18

UK Church Plans to Dump $21 Billion in Fossil Fuels if the Companies Do Not Align to Climate Change Goals by 2023

One of the UK's largest charity fund managers, The Church of England's parliament, has voted 347 to four in favor with three abstaining to sell $21 billion worth of investments in fossil fuels if the companies do not align to climate change goals by 2023. The vote applies to the Ch...

Jul
18

India will Abolish All Single-Use Plastic by 2022, with an Immediate Ban in Delhi

  The world’s oceans will be filled with more plastic mass than fish mass by 2050, the World Economic Forum study reported in its 2016 study.   Combating plastic waste, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to get rid of all single-use plastic i...

Jul
17

Toyota Sails the World's First Hydrogen-Powered Vessel on a Six-Year Voyage

  A few days ago, we talked about hydrogen fuel research vessel was proven to be feasible. See Discussion "Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible." Now, there is an even crazier news. The world's first autonomous hydrog...

Jul
11

Carbon Free Research Vessel is Now Proven to Be Technically and Economically Feasible: Team Designs Zero-Emissions Research Vessel

Marine research activities can be carbon free now, thanks to a ship design developed by Sandia National Laboratories.   Hydrogen fuel cell technology has existed for decades. Its advantages include zero-emission and zero-noise. Using hydrogen fuel cell in a ship will protect resea...

Jul
05

Majority of Americans Say Climate Change Affects their Local Community, and the Government is Doing Too Little

  Almost 60 percent of Americans say climate change is currently affecting their local community. Most Americans say the federal government is doing too little to protect water (69 percent) and air quality (64 percent). Two-thirds of Americans believe the government is doing too ...

Jun
28

A Hyper-Efficient Water Filter to Desalinate Seawater has been Developed, by a Lab at Zhejiang University in China

  Researchers Zhe Tan et al.* from Zhejiang University in China have developed a filter that is more than tripling efficient than the currently popular ones on the market. In their paper Polyamide Membranes with Nanoscale Turing Structures for Water Purification, they credited th...

Jun
28

The First Solar Panel Recycling Plant in Europe Opens in France

  Veolia Environment S.A., a French transnational water, waste, and energy company, has opened the first recycling plant for solar panels in Europe. Veolia is aiming to build more recycling plants as virtually all French solar panels will reach their end of life in 2018. &nbs...

Jun
22

16 States and Puerto Rico Create Green Banks to Finance, Pushing Renewable Energy On the Way

Previously, we discuss a big green trend is coming: green finance will fund the green transformation. Leading finance organizations such as Barclays, Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase see unlimited opportunity to fund the sustainability transition, along with the world’s gover...

Jun
22

China, the Largest Importer of Trash, Refused to Continue to Be the Major Dumping Land

For decades, China was the world's largest importer of waste. However, Beijing imposed a ban of 24 types of scraps into the border, effective January 2018.   Before the restriction, China acted as a dumping ground for more than 50 percent of the world’s trash. ...

Jun
13

A look into the future – Fresno community gets a head start on solar energy homes

California became the first state in the nation to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020. As a part of the overall strategy, California is hoping to offset greenhouse gas emissions with the addition of solar arrays to these new buildings. The ...

Jun
12

How The New Tax Bill Can Help Your Commercial Solar Business Financially

The new tax bill that was implemented this January provided good news for solar businesses and for companies interested in going solar. First, the bill reduced the corporate tax rate of commercial entities that include solar PV systems. Before, solar companies were saving money on operating e...

Jun
04

Green Buildings Becomes Mandatory in Ajman, United Arab Emirates as of June 1, 2018

You might know that California became the first state in the United States of America to require all new homes to have solar power starting in 2020. But do you know that Ajman, UAE has required all constructions to go green, effective on June 1?  The policy was announced by the Munic...

Jun
04

4 Passive House Dorms Planned for Bowdoin's Park Row this Summer

This summer Lavallee Brensinger Architects will help Wright-Ryan Construction’s team build four passive house dorms for the upperclassmen of the college to reside in. 22 students will live in each of the four buildings that stretch over 3.56 acres on the college’s Park Row. ...