The Drive Toward Corporate Sustainability Increases Globally
At around 5MW, Apple’s new solar roof could make it among the biggest in the US. Photo: 9to5Mac.com.
by Hope O’Shaughnessy
As global sentiment continues to build for a more sustainable planet, corporations are increasingly adopting more sustainable business practices. The Paris Climate Agreement provided […]
By N.R. Mallery
City of Montpelier, VT participates in Billion Dollar Green Challenge with a $30,000 Net Zero Revolving Loan Fund. Photo from greenbillion.org/participant/montpelier/
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge is transforming energy efficiency upgrades from perceived expenses to high-return investment opportunities.
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge) encourages colleges, universities, and other nonprofit […]
North Lennox in the Inspire Space. Photo courtesy of GMP
By George Harvey
Last spring, North Lennox was working on starting a business in Brooklyn, New York, with a goal of fostering the transition to sustainable homes. These, he reasoned, would ultimately be net-zero energy consumers.
There was a slight […]
Home buyers may benefit from using the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score. This free tool enables home seekers to check the energy use and potential improvements for prospective homes. Photo: DOE Better Buildings Solution Center.
By Hope O’Shaughnessy
Today’s home buyers are becoming increasingly interested in a prospective home’s energy efficiency and now […]
By George Harvey
For those who are interested, two books that describe economic bubbles are Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay (Richard Bentley, London, in 1841, currently in print from various publishers and at Project Gutenberg, gutenberg.org/ebooks/24518), and The Big Short, by Michael Lewis (W. […]
By Ryan Hvizda
Permaculture is quickly becoming a word that no longer results in blank stares, and now sparks a light in those that believe in sustainable living and being. Typically when one first starts to learn about permaculture, it is through the garden design process. The garden is a great place to implement this […]
And why SolarCity and net-metering subsidies are distracting outliers
Solar Panels. Photo courtesy of Living Off Grid via Flickr, Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).
By Laurie Guevara-Stone
With Nevada rolling back net-metering and solar company stock prices falling, one might think the solar industry is in big trouble. In fact, a New York […]
Just for the Look of It
From Joan Rech
As solar power systems have become more affordable, more homeowners are installing such systems to meet some or all of their homes’ electrical needs. But others face a major obstacle – their homeowners associations (HOA’s). Many HOA’s were incorporated before solar was a realistic possibility, and […]
By Jeffrey Gephart
If you’re under 54, every new car you’ve ever bought has had a miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating on it. Maybe the vehicle purchased didn’t get great mileage, but at least you knew what you were getting into.
If you are building, buying, or even refinancing, what about your “MPG” for the house? For […]
Chicago area Realtor® Laura Reedy Stukel, delivers an inspiring Keynote presentation to 225 realtors, lenders, appraisers, builders, and home performance contractors from VT and NH at the Green Real Estate Symposium at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT last October.
By Jeffrey Gephart
Appraising High Performance Homes. I speak daily with Vermont builders, […]