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Investment in Green Telecom Could Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Investment in Green Telecom Networks Could Reduce Worldwide Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Network Operations by 32 Percent between 2011 and 2016

Telecommunications network operators are faced with the challenge of balancing their growing subscriber bases and rising mobile data usage with their public pledges to reduce both capital and operating expenditures, along with emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).  As such, robust alternative energy solutions to power fixed and mobile networks are increasingly important.  The goal of creating more efficient and sustainable networks is a top priority for nearly every telecom service provider today.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, investment in energy-efficient telecom network infrastructure will reach $194 billion annually by 2016.

All told, these investments could reduce GHG emissions from the telecom industry by 32 percent by 2016 compared to a business-as-usual scenario, the study concludes. Continue reading

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PennFuture, Sierra Club, and NRDC Slam EPA for Proposing a Free Pass for Toxic Air Pollution

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft proposed rules this week that would create special loopholes for dirty diesel and gas electricity generators, allowing them to avoid installing pollution controls for toxic and other air pollution emissions.

“These proposed rules sacrifice local air quality and public health, distort energy markets, and could endanger electricity reliability in our region,” said Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy Center, a program of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future.

“The loophole in these rules could result in reduced reliability and will result in increased air pollution, by making the electricity system more dependent on small, dirty sources of electricity. Closing this loophole will send market signals to invest in cleaner generation and conservation while better protecting Americans’ health”

Several years ago, EPA adopted rules limiting the amount of toxic air emissions – like formaldehyde and benzene – that are released from small diesel and gas-fired generators. EPA is now proposing to allow dirty generators to increase by six times the number of hours they may operate in electricity planning programs without any pollution controls. Continue reading

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Global Clean Technology Venture Deals Rise While Dollars Fall in 1Q 2012

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cleantech Group™, a global market intelligence firm helping executives connect with cleantech innovation, today released preliminary 1Q 2012 results from its i3 platform (http://i3.cleantech.com) for worldwide clean technology venture investments, totaling $1.81 billion.

“North American cleantech investors are exhibiting caution on the large dollar deals that often drive total venture investment”
185 deals were recorded in 1Q12 – up from 176 in 4Q11 and flat year-over-year – and the tally may rise again once all investors have reported all deals. Of these deals, 56 percent (104) were Series B or later rounds, accounting for 88 percent ($1.59 billion) of all money invested during the quarter. While deal counts rose, the total amount invested in cleantech companies dropped by 19 percent compared to the previous quarter ($2.23 billion) and was 31 percent lower than 1Q11 ($2.62 billion).

“North American cleantech investors are exhibiting caution on the large dollar deals that often drive total venture investment,” explained Cleantech Group CEO Sheeraz Haji, “yet the continued strength in deal count means that promising, early stage teams are finding a receptive audience.” Reflecting on the strength of the M&A market, Haji commented that, “we continue to see very active acquirers and blockbuster mergers, indicating that global corporations take competitiveness in this sector more seriously than ever.” Continue reading

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Parisleaf Printing and Design Receives CurrentState™ Platinum Certification

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Tulsa, OK – March 19, 2012 – Parisleaf Printing and Design recently completed the CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit and received Platinum Certification – the highest certification level available.

The Client’s Challenge

Parisleaf is a Printing and Design company located in Gainesville, Florida.  Parisleaf provides a variety of services which include printing, branding packages, web and logo design.

Parisleaf’s largest challenge is that traditional print related goods and services can have a significant negative impact on the environment.  Negative impacts occur at all stages of the paper life cycle -  the harvesting of trees, the processing of wood fiber into pulp and  the disposal of paper products at the end of their useful life.

However, Parisleaf has overcome these challenges. They offer carbon negative printing and web solutions to its clients. Parisleaf is able to achieve this because of their innovative green practices and the steps they take to mitigate their effect on the environment.   Continue reading

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Compare Ratings, Data and Reviews for Any Building in the U.S.: HonestBuildings.com™ Launches Free Service

 

 

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HonestBuildings.com announced today the release of its beta platform, a free web service allowing users to find and compare information, ratings and reviews for any commercial or residential building in the U.S.

“We are bringing transparency and connectivity to the massive real estate industry, which has traditionally been fragmented, opaque and inefficient”
Simply by searching for an address or zip code, anyone can access reviews, Honesty Ratings™, energy data, projects and renovations, and view the people and organizations associated with that building, for free.

“We are bringing transparency and connectivity to the massive real estate industry, which has traditionally been fragmented, opaque and inefficient,” said Riggs Kubiak, CEO of Honest Buildings. “Our goal is to connect people, catalyze transactions, and accelerate the development of high performance buildings on a global scale.”

Anyone can use Honest Buildings to compare buildings based on size, location, type, ratings, associated organizations, and the types of projects that have been completed, helping them to make better-informed decisions about real estate. Continue reading

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Revenue From Net Zero Energy Buildings to Reach $1.3 Trillion by 2035

As green building practices become more commonplace in the global construction industry, the goal of designing zero energy buildings, or buildings that consume as much energy as they produce through on-site and renewable energy systems, has emerged as the next major frontier.  A number of countries and regions have already established long-term targets and regulations requiring zero energy building construction that will come into effect over the coming years, some as soon as 2016.  These stringent regulations will accelerate adoption around the world, causing the industry to undergo a significant transformation in the coming years.  According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide revenue from zero energy buildings will grow rapidly over the next two decades, reaching almost $690 billion by 2020 and nearly $1.3 trillion by 2035.  That represents a compound annual growth rate of 43%, with much of that growth occurring in the European Union.

“Following the surge in LEED and other green building certifications worldwide over the last few years, zero energy building has emerged as the ‘holy grail’ in green building design,” says research analyst Eric Bloom.  “Technically, zero energy building design is feasible for many building types in many regions, but concerns about the upfront cost continue to impede it in the market.” Continue reading

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Sustainability in the Workplace: Healthier Air, Higher Morale

By taking simple steps like using energy-efficient air filters, companies can boost the health and happiness of their employees, while cutting expenses, too.

RIVERDALE, N.J., Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ – Sustainability isn’t only on the minds of consumers, shareholders, and environmentalists. Employees and companies are finding they are becoming increasingly concerned with how their workplaces interact with the world around them. Businesses that have embraced sustainability initiatives have discovered that while these programs can cut down on waste, energy, and costs, they can also boost employee morale. To put it simply, workers want to be associated with companies that do the right thing. And the responsible use of resources has clearly become a “right thing” to do.

Fortunately, sustainability doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, some measures are surprisingly straightforward and simple. Just by replacing older commercial air filter designs with cutting-edge, energy efficient models, manufacturers, hospitals, office buildings, pharmaceutical companies, and other businesses have achieved the hat trick of sustainability: cleaner air that keeps employees comfortable and healthy; reduced energy costs thanks to more efficient designs; and the increased goodwill and morale that comes from knowing that the C-suite cares about the environment and is actively taking steps to reduce energy use and waste. Continue reading

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Why your company needs to consider the CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit

“CurrentState is a necessity for every company that is serious about going green”  Ramon Ginah, CFO – Francesca Furzi

“I would highly recommend CurrentState for any company exploring sustainability”  Tim Gilbert, Plant Manager – FasCast Inc

(Press Release) Tulsa, OK – January 13, 2012 – Caelus has released the CurrentState™ sustainability audit for business.

The world of sustainability can be a confusing place. It is easy to get lost in the sea of acronym-rich reporting initiatives, certifications, eco-labels and regulations. However, the most important thing for businesses is missing – a comprehensive tool that tells tells companies exactly what they need to do. This is why we developed CurrentState™.

The CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit is a ‘best practices gap analysis’ and a ‘business practices maturity analysis’ combined into one tool – nothing more, nothing less. Simple elegant, and in our opinion a game-changer.

Does this sound simple? That’s because it is. Why hasn’t this been done before? Because nobody has created a framework that clearly and comprehensively defined sustainability – until now.

Sustainability Defined

CurrentState™ is based on our Three Tiers of Sustainability™ framework. Our framework clearly defines sustainability and in our opinion has been the ‘missing link’ in sustainability consulting. Our framework organizes sustainability into three primary activity groups: Green IT, Facilities and Business. These three groups are further divided into 25 (more specific) sub-groups. If an activity is related to sustainability in business, it will have a place in the framework.

By having a comprehensive framework, we are able to answer another very important question all businesses have – Are we doing everything that we can in order to go green?

Why CurrentState™?

In addition to being a revolutionary approach, CurrentState™ offers business other distinct advantages.

  • CurrentState™ is delivered directly to your desktop. No need for time-consuming, money-wasting meetings. Time is money, especially when your paying by the hour. CurrentState™ is not charged by the hour and delivers the same questions a consultant would, but at your convenience and with no chance of missing anything
  • This method of collecting information is efficient. What we do with the information once we receive it is also efficient. We have automated many of the non-analytical steps of the consulting process, so as soon as qualified sustainability consultant begins on your case, they will be able to begin analysis immediately. This allows us to deliver a Findings Report in a matter of days, not weeks or months.
  • Another advantage is that CurrentState is focussed. CurrentState™ does not count carbon or advise you on the ROI of specific projects. It is focused on determining exactly the activities your organization needs to conduct or consider. The result – your team will not be wasting valuable time hunting for data for activities that may not be needed.
  • Finally, your Findings Report will spell out in specific terms exactly what tasks need to be done (Quick Wins) and what things you need to consider (Recommendations) in order to improve your sustainability performance. Ratings and analysis for each sub-category is also generated. For most organizations, these tasks can be used as the basis of a sustainability implementation plan. Add some resourcing, budget and do a little ROI analysis and you will have a plan that leaves no leaf unturned and would make any CSO proud.

The Findings Report

The Findings Report is ‘boardroom ready’ and is delivered in both PowerPoint and pdf formats. Each report will contain over 100 specific quick wins (shorter-term, easily achievable tasks) and recommendations (longer-term activities). “In essence, if you add resource requirements and budget to the report, you will have a nearly complete Sustainability Program. This is exactly what our clients are doing and their reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.”

The Findings Report can be used as:

  • a blueprint to develop a sustainability program;
  • a method to demonstrate to management, a board or the public an organization’s sustainability achievements;
  • a way to quickly identify gaps in your current sustainability efforts;
  • a way to document and track sustainability performance from period to period;
  • and a way to determine current compliance with major international standards and certifications.

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