Come January 1st, a new light bulb standard goes into effect
In the News
Let's be clear: The perception of clean technology these days is far less sunny than the reality.
This past Spring, the efforts of the USGBC-Georgia Atlanta Branch Outreach Committee were featured on PBS Georgia Traveler showcasing the efforts that the Branch has made in adding sustainability features to the largest outdoor festival in the Southeast.
To view the Georgia Traveler show featuring the 2010 Festival click here.
By Leslie Guevarra
Published June 29, 2011
The U.S. Green Building Council's streamlined LEED certification for large groups of existing buildings graduated from pilot phase to official status this week after five years in development, and some of its early adopters are already reporting strong energy and water savings from the program.
Signature modules of the complete system provider have completed intensive UL-testing phase and are now UL-listed
FHA PowerSaver Program to offer low-cost financing to credit-worthy borrowers
WASHINGTON – Eighteen national, regional and local lenders will participate in a new two-year pilot program that will offer qualified borrowers living in certain parts of the country low-cost loans to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. Backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), these new PowerSaver loans will offer homeowners up to $25,000 to make energy-efficient improvements of their choice, including the installation of insulation, duct sealing, replacement doors and windows, HVAC systems, water heaters, solar panels, and geothermal systems.
From OC Atlanta Issue 1-11
When people describe buildings as “high performance,” what they are actually talking about is energy efficiency. The systems of a high-performing building require less energy to produce a comfortable end-user environment compared to the energy required by low-performing systems. The result, in addition to a smaller carbon footprint, is substantial savings on monthly energy costs.
Natural and organic grocer Whole Foods has announced a new wine cork recycling program at all 292 of its retail stores in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Whole Foods Market is partnering with Cork ReHarvest to help collect and recycle some of the 13 billion natural corks that are produced each year. "We often forget that cork is a renewable, recyclable material that does not belong in landfills," said Erez Klein, wine and beer buyer for Whole Foods Market´s Pacific Northwest Region. "Cork ReHarvest allows us to help sustain cork forests, a critically important resource for our planet, and to do so with near effortless local community action.
On Nov. 2, an amendment to the Georgia constitution is on the ballot. The wording is misleading, "to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation to uphold reasonable competitive agreements." Doesn't that make you think to increase competition? Wrong!
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