From the beginning of his Administration, President Obama has been a champion for the wise stewardship of America's natural treasures, understanding the strong connection between the health of our lands and waters and the health of our economy. Smart, community-led conservation presents a tremendous
If you had proof that you use more energy than 78% of your neighbors, would you take steps to cut back?
Turns out that most of us would.
Through a pilot with OPower, Xcel Energy has been sending customized home energy reports to 50,000 customers in Minnesota.
Last Friday, Salt River Project, a utility that serves a third of Arizona, announced new ‘Sustainable Portfolio Priniciple’ goals. Perhaps you saw press accounts (Phoenix Business Times, Arizona Republic). What does it mean for renewable energy?
Well, it’s not totally clear. SRP announced that their new proposal is for 18% of their
The foundation for a rash of legal actions arising out of a failed green project have been laid.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Carousel Center shopping mall was supposed to be a showcase of green features. To fund the project, the Carousel Center developers secured:
The revolutionary advances in the study of bird populations and migrations made possible by the Internet have now found their way into birders’ hands.
BirdsEye, a new iPhone app, gives birders instant access to the National Audubon Society’s and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird, the largest open-source database of bird sightings in Mexico and North America.
Once users identify their locations, BirdsEye generates a list of all the resident or recently reported migratory birds within a designated radius. Confirmed sightings of rare or notable birds are also mapped and directions to their locations provided.
In recognition of World Water Day, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has launched its new “Save Your Water” consumption calculator.
This device allows people to calculate their daily, weekly and annual water consumption by participating in an interactive virtual home walk-through online.
Their Web site also provides statistics on water consumption, as well as offering solutions to excessive household water use.
umissgym: Is it just me, or is it hot in here?
The social media craze has hit building automation, as the campus at the University of Mississippi will soon be broadcasting its energy consumption via Twitter and Facebook updates.
In partnership with smart grid company SmartSynch, Ole Miss has created online feeds (also via RSS) detailing several of its main buildings’ energy use, ostensibly to “alter behavior to reduce electricity consumption and carbon emissions.” The UMiss project will study consumption from lighting, temperature controls, and appliances. The organizations have created an online application to monitor and report the energy draw so that building operators can learn where energy is being wasted and implement new conservation strategies.