Tag Archives: Sustainability

IPCC Releases Second Installment of Climate Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of the fifth climate report in late March.  The first installment was released in September of 2013 with the next installment planned for April, 2014.  The IPCC is “the … Continue reading

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2013 Energy Benchmarking Reporting Deadline

The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation in mid 2012 regarding energy benchmarking for non-residential buildings in Philadelphia.  The bill established a system of reporting electric, oil, natural gas, steam, and water usage for non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet.  … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Rock Salt

Many areas of the country have seen record levels of snow fall this winter and from my window in Philadelphia, it doesn’t seem like an end is in our near future.  These snow events require large amounts of rock salt … Continue reading

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Energy Benchmarking – Delayed Compliance Date

In July of this year, we reported on the new Energy Benchmarking regulation for the City of Philadelphia.  The bill established a system of reporting electric, oil, natural gas, steam and water usage for non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square … Continue reading

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Better, More Reliable Wind Turbines

The wind industry has been growing continuously and is an important part of fighting climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.  Because wind is not constant, the main complaint from fossil fuel advocates is that coal, gas and … Continue reading

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Turning Food Waste into Electricity

The Kroger Co., a California based grocery chain, has plans for a new method of dealing with the huge amount of food waste grocery stores produce.  The company has built an industrial silo where outdated food will be stored.  Bacteria … Continue reading

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Sustainability for Hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has revamped its website created to help hospital facilities meet their sustainability goals. The website, The Sustainability Roadmap, was developed along with The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Association for the Healthcare Environment … Continue reading

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Using Switchgrass to Heat Homes and Businesses

The Unites States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has released the results of a cost-benefit analysis for using switchgrass to heat homes and business in the northeast region of the U.S.  The life-cycle assessment compared the costs … Continue reading

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Environmentally Friendly Electronics

Electronics are known to have huge negative impacts on the environment.  Researchers from Istituto Officina dei Materiali at CNR and from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA) may have found a way to make more environmentally friendly … Continue reading

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Earth 911 – Recycling Resource

As climate change continues to be a serious problem that requires immediate attention, it is at times difficult to know how you as an individual can make an impact.  Reducing consumption and reusing items that would other wise be thrown … Continue reading

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