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Where sustainability meets profitability

The work of Green Teams A corporate green team is a group of employees, formed to take on shared environmental interests. These teams can benefit the employee participants and organization alike by the change they accomplish and the participation they enjoy. International corporations like Frito-Lay, McDonald’s, Adobe, and Google have established internal green teams that identify […]

Mumbai Airport recognized for environmental achievement

The Airports Council International (ACI) has certified Mumbai Airport with the highest level of environmental achievement, Level 3+ Carbon Neutrality. Airports receive accreditation in recognition for contributions to greenhouse gas management by offsetting and reducing carbon emissions. How accreditation was earned The airport has measured and improved sustainability through several initiatives. Green buildings Indian Green […]

Solar in the Sunshine State

Florida enjoys 2927 sunny hours per year. Arizona, California, Colorado, and Hawaii may have slightly higher sunshine percentages, but Florida, soaks up the solar 66% of the time, before and after common summer thundershowers. Florida solar installations pay for themselves in about seven years, then provide fifteen or more years of free energy. No surprise, […]

Workplace water-saving

Saving water deserves more attention as a sustainability initiative. In regions where shortages seem unlikely, the actual water’s actual value is likely to be far higher than its cost. One cubic meter of water may cost as little as $0.10 where it is plentiful and $15 in arid zones. Supply already exceeds demand. By 2030 […]
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Previewing the City of Tomorrow

The flying cars, long-lived humans and their and robotic helpers will live in communities that are being planned today. Among those planners, smart technologies experts from leading companies worldwide now advise and participate in the Smart Cities Council. The council exists to grow smart cities worldwide. It advises on technology, provides policy frameworks and financial […]
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Billion-dollar trends in energy efficiency

Since 1992, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has administered the ENERGY STAR program to promote energy efficiency in homes and buildings. In partnership with more than 18,000 public and private sector organizations, the program has seen over $362 billion reductions in energy costs. In doing this, more than 2 billion metric tons of […]

A look down the road ahead… and overhead

The futuristic transportation we have only known in science fiction movies is now in development. Concepts that stirred our imagination as we read about them and saw them on film are now being assembled in labs and test facilities. Over the next decade, we’ll hear them whoosh along rails, buzz overhead, and glide past us as […]
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Quick-Wins for a Quieter Workplace

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#009966″]C[/mks_dropcap]ould it be true that, on average, office workers are interrupted every few minutes… and on average, interruptions cause more than 20 unproductive minutes? Woah! That would make every interruption costly… and these simple, popular ways to reduce interruptions could be valuable: Quiet zones It doesn’t take a bulldozer or sledgehammer to […]

Four ways to boost building efficiency

Commissioning, re-commissioning, retro-commissioning, and building tune-ups all offer substantial benefit to building efficiency: Identifying energy savings Improving indoor environmental quality Fine-tuning building operation and maintenance. What distinguishes one commissioning process from the others?  What is the value of each?  What is mandatory or simply advisable for buildings in your state? Commissioning (Cx) Before building systems […]