Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubles with Obama in Office

Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubles with Obama in Office (via Clean Technica)  Non-hydro renewable electricity generation has nearly doubled since President Obama took office, reaching 5.75 percent of net electricity, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration. In 2008, before Obama entered the White House, non-hydro resources like solar, wind, geothermal…

Financing Sources To Help You Build or Renovate Green

Guest Post: Funding a Greener Home by author Jonah Trenton (via http://greenbuildingelements.com Improving a home’s energy efficiency or adding alternative green energy sources is a smart way to help the environment, reduce monthly utility expenses and enhance occupant health and comfort. However, the initial cost of “going green” can put a financial strain on the

Happy 96th Birthday To The National Park Service!

The National Park Service turns 96 years old today. Their official website invites everyone to visit any of the 397 national parks to help celebrate “the big day” with many locations offering special events. The National Park Service was signed into existance on August 25, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson after a successful publicity campaign

Would You Live Here? Corn Cob House Wins Design Awards

Would you live here? This award winning project from the Archi<20 competition has been characterized as a “corn cob house” and the description does include mention of a “night space” – presumably for sleeping. It seems to me that the word “pavillion” used by ArchDaily is more appropriate. The structure effectively combines the neccessary space for drying the

Miami Culinary Institute – great food, great fun and green!

Wednesday night’s monthly meeting of the US Green Building Council Miami branch combined virtually all of my passions – urban Miami, real estate, green building, sustainability & environmental consciousness, great food, and bubbly champagne. We met at the Miami Culinary Institute, located at 415 NE 2 AV in downtown Miami, for a short presentation by

The Politics of Clean Energy: Conservative South Carolina Republican Going Nationwide with Clean Energy Plan

The political persuasion of a clean energy advocate shouldn’t matter, but former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis says it lost him an election. Here is his plan: Conservative South Carolina Republican Going Nationwide with Clean Energy Plan (via Clean Technica)   Eliminate subsidies for developing new clean energy technologies while at the same time adding the cost of

The Next Trend in Green Construction: The Net Zero Building

The Next Trend in Green Construction: The Net Zero Building (via http://greenbuildingelements.com) It’s an exciting time to be in the renewable energy or green constriction industries. Year after year, new standards bodies are formed and enable all kinds of exciting new building standards and adoption of eco-friendly materials. In 2012, green building trends are moving

Historic Trees Donated to Future Site of Miami’s Museum Park

NBC 6 South Florida reports that Swire Properties has donated forty trees from their Brickell CitiCentre site to the future Pérez Art Museum Miami site. The trees, including historic oaks, gumbo limbos and strangler figs, range from 25 to 150 years old. Arborist Lisa Hammer is overseeing the excavation and the loading the giant trees onto

Element Miami International Airport to be LEED Certified

News Release: February, 21 2012 Element Hotels Element Miami International Airport Opens “With its own combination of beautiful natural elements and singular style, Miami is a perfect fit for the Element brand,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Element offers guests a bright, energizing environment that’s conducive to both work