Greening the Bottom Line 2012

Download the document. The goal of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge is to encourage colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. Greening the Bottom Line 2012 continues research into the rapid growth of green revolving funds (GRFs), a …

Energy policy by constitutional amendment debated

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo. Voters will determine this November if Michigan will be the first to insert a clean energy requirement into its state constitution. If approved, Proposal 3 will mandate that 25 percent of electricity sold in Michigan comes from renewable energy by the year 2025. The initiative’s nickname is …

Developing an Energy Performance Modeling Startup Kit

Download the document. In 2011, the NAHB Research Center began the first part of the multi-year effort by assessing the needs and motivations of residential remodelers regarding energy performance remodeling. The scope is multifaceted - all perspectives will be sought related to remodeling firms ranging in size from small-scale, sole proprietor to national. This will …

Festival spotlights trash-to-art transformations

When artists and designers take discarded materials destined for the landfill - everything from bottle caps to rusty machine parts - and add their imagination, vision and talent, what hatches from all that is something fresh. The results may be whimsical, or even practical, but are always decidedly, delightfully different and unexpected. The I.D.E.A. Store …

Atlas of health and climate

The Atlas of Health and Climate is a product of a unique collaboration between the meteorological and public health communities. It provides sound scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges. These range from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme weather events and disease outbreaks. They also include …

A focus on sustainable building

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries. Today’s smart architects and contractors know that whenever possible buildings should be designed and built green, but not everyone knows what determines a "green" space. How do you sustain a focus on sustainable building in a still-weakened economy? Here are the necessary steps and best practices for maintaining the momentum …