The rise of solar energy as a viable technology contributing to a clean electricity future is exciting enough, but equally compelling is the industry’s ability to create well-paying, life-enhancing jobs.
There’s no doubt 2006 has been a great year for green building—at least in terms of PR.
Five percent of new commercial construction meets standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED). Ten percent of new homes satisfy the federal government’s Energy Star guidelines, meaning they’re nearly one-third more energy-efficient than regulations require. But U.S. buildings put out about a third of the country’s greenhouse gasses, and at the rate green building is penetrating the market today, it will be many years before we save the 70 percent of emissions thought necessary to stabilize the climate.
It’s no big surprise that the environmentally friendly Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is buying renewably generated "green power," but the appearance on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annual top 10 list of schools like the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois is more eye-opening.
Near tax filing day this year I heard some economists on TV discussing “green taxes” that can benefit the environment. Can you enlighten me?
If you have some money to invest, you may want to put it to work doing double duty, both promoting a healthier environment and incubating your nest egg. Some carefully selected stocks will yield immediate results for the environment; others require more patience.
New Life for Old Floors: Alternative Materials Add Character to Home Designs. Have you considered wood, cork, linoleum or bamboo?
In sizing up a prospective house, more and more homebuyers are asking themselves how the property rates on the green scale…