Monthly Archives: March 2015

30 03, 2015

President Obama Ups the Sustainability Ante with a New Executive Order

By | March 30th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

On March 19, 2015, President Obama revoked Executive Order 13514 in favor of a broader, more stringent federal requirement, an Executive Order titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.”  The new order, which calls for an aggressive 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions among federal agencies and improved environmental performance in the supply [...]

27 03, 2015

How One Texas Town is Upsetting the Fossil Fuel Apple Cart

By | March 27th, 2015|Business Blog|

Last week, Georgetown, Texas, population 56,000 and an hour north of Austin, announced that it has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar giant SunEdison for a total of nearly 150 MW of clean energy.  Combined with its 2014 purchase of 144 MW of wind power from EDF last year, the city has [...]

26 03, 2015

Why GM Wants To Buy Wind Energy

By | March 26th, 2015|News|

March 26th, 2015 | posted on www.forbes.com For those who love downplaying or discounting renewable energy as something on the fringe of mainstream economic interests, General Motors’ recent decision to back construction of a Mexican wind farm should come as a wake-up call. About 75% of the energy generated by the project, which gets under way next [...]

20 03, 2015

Texas city to go 100% solar, wind – because it’s cheaper, more reliable

By | March 20th, 2015|News|

March 20th, 2015 | posted on www.reneweconomy.com.au A city in Texas – home to the “Gusher Age” of American oil – is aiming to become 100 per cent renewable within two years, after finalising a deal with SunEdison to supply it with solar power for 25 years. Georgetown – population 56,000 – will take the output from [...]

18 03, 2015

EPA Region 7 Achieves LEED Platinum Certification for Regional Office Facility in Lenexa, Kan.

By | March 18th, 2015|News|

March 18th, 2015 | posted on www.yosemite.epa.gov EPA Region 7 has achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Platinum level under the Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance standard for its Regional Office facility in Lenexa, Kan. The Platinum level is the highest LEED designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. In October [...]

16 03, 2015

Climate Leadership Conference Highlights Successes

By | March 16th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

At the end of February, I was able to attend the Climate Leadership Conference, a collaborative effort of The Climate Registry, Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and the EPA.  The conference provides an opportunity for annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, collaboration, and [...]

16 03, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Hires Technology Industry Veteran CEO as New President

By | March 16th, 2015|News|

March 6th, 2015 | posted on www.prweb.com Boulder-based Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has hired Pete Dignan to occupy the newly created position of President & COO. Dignan is the former founder and CEO of ProtoTest, a Denver-based software consulting business. During a sabbatical from the company in 2010-2011, Dignan served as the Executive Director [...]

6 03, 2015

California's drought is a multinational business problem

By | March 6th, 2015|News|

March 6th, 2015 | posted on www.greenbiz.com California’s drought is more than a California problem. That point was underscored Thursday when General Mills, the Coca-Cola Company, Driscoll's and others dependent on California supply chains joined forces with Ceres to press state lawmakers — and inhabitants — towards more urgent and innovative responses to water scarcity. “We rely [...]

2 03, 2015

P&G, Constellation to build $200M biomass plant in Georgia

By | March 2nd, 2015|News|

March 2nd, 2015 | posted on www.einnews.com The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and Constellation Energy announced the development of a 50 megawatts (MW) biomass plant in Albany, Georgia. Under a 20-year steam supply agreement with Constellation, P&G will purchase the steam to meet all of its steam needs for the company's paper manufacturing facility also in [...]