Category Archives: Green Building

Welcome to the “Enernet”

An emerging network of distributed, interactive energy generation, storage and delivery, described as the “enernet,” is expected to be the foundation for smart cities and the “internet of things.”

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Nation’s Largest Net Zero Plus™ Commercial Building Retrofit Opens in Los Angeles

The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute includes demonstration center & living laboratory for emerging energy technologies  LOS ANGELES – June 6, 2016 – Today marked the opening of the nation’s largest net zero plus commercial building retrofit, the Net Zero Plus … Continue reading

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CHPS Updates: Summit Sessions Open to All

The California-based Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) was founded in 1999 to address energy efficiency in schools. CHPS quickly expanded its efforts to encompass all aspects of school design, construction and operation. The CHPS Criteria were the first comprehensive … Continue reading

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Low-Water Landscapes for Schools – Beyond Gravel

While there’s no question that gravel has a place in water-efficient landscape design, over-reliance on this material can produce results that fall short of what school officials, parents, community members and students expect from school grounds. Other low-water options exist that can provide habitat, … Continue reading

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ZNE School Retrofits: Interview and Training

The next stage in the evolution of energy efficiency is the “Zero Net Energy” building – one that, on an annual basis, produces as much energy as it consumes. ZNE projects will play a big part in California’s efforts to improve … Continue reading

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Retired Admirals and Generals:
Climate Change Will Catalyze Instability and Conflict

A new report from a group of 16 retired Generals and Admirals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps reflects concerns about the accelerating impacts of climate change on national security. “The potential security ramifications of global climate … Continue reading

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Climate Change Will Catalyze Instability and Conflict

Tom Steyer to Keynote 2013 Schools Summit

Green Technology is excited to announce that Tom Steyer will be the keynote speaker for the November 6 opening session of the 2013 Green California Schools Summit. In 2012, Steyer served as chairman for Yes on Proposition 39, setting the … Continue reading

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Smaller LEAs Can Claim Two Years of Prop 39 Funding for First EE Projects: Aug 1 Deadline

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has announced that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with average daily attendance of 1,000 or less can submit an application for two years of funding for their first Prop 39-supported efficiency projects. The deadline for the … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Prop 39: Help for Schools

All the information that districts will need to actually receive their share of Prop 39 funds may not be available at this time, but one thing is certain: Projects that don’t provide a clear picture of current energy use and … Continue reading

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Prop 39 Plan Approved: Governor Signs Budget Bill

Governor Brown has signed the California budget bill, the final step in approval of the Legislature’s plan for distributing Prop 39 funds to schools in the state. Details of the agreement regarding distribution of funds, including an estimate of the … Continue reading

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