Energy Intensity

Carbon Disclosure Project Recognizes Yahoo!

Ken Silverstein

The Carbon Disclosure Project, which evaluates companies based on their efforts to fight climate change, has recognized Yahoo as one of its leaders. According to the project, it has set meaningful targets and then verified its outcomes.

Energy Star Recognizes 16 GM Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced today that 16 of its facilities have been recognized by Energy Star. Two of the facilities – Bedford Casting in Indiana and the plant in Grand Rapids, MI – were recognized for the first time. The Bradford operation reduced energy intensity by 12 percent and the Grand Rapids plant replaced 11,000 lights   …Continue Reading

In the Quest for Efficiency, Nothing is More Important than Quality Measurement Tools

Carl Weinschenk

Whether the tools are cutting edge or old school, the key to efficiency is deep knowledge of how energy is being used.

Are Energy Reporting Requirements a Slippery Slope?

Carl Weinschenk

Making building owners report energy usage leads to more efficiency. But how big a step is it toward mandating changes?

Slow Progress in Fed Energy, Emissions Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) reports that the federal government is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and improving its energy efficiency. The improvements did not hit the targets, however. The report by Federal News Radio said that last year the energy intensity reduction was 22.7 percent from a fiscal 2003 baseline. The goal was 30   …Continue Reading

How Closely Should Voluntary and Mandatory Efficiency Programs Be Coordinated?

Carl Weinschenk

The 2030 Districts program is gaining steam. The latest district is in Ithaca and Tomkins County, New York. Late last month, it became the thirteenth district — and a fourteenth may be on the way.

The Lowest Hanging Fruit: Saving Energy By Finding Easily Fixed Problems

Carl Weinschenk

Organizations interested in the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency go to great lengths to reduce consumption. Some approaches – such as LED retrofits – are relatively easy. Others, such as the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) — are more intensive and carry a steeper price tag. What about just turning off and disconnecting the things that shouldn’t be turned on?

Pittsburgh Excels in the 2030 Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that sits at the confluence of three great rivers. It is home to three storied professional sports teams and several great universities. It also is the leading city in the Green Building Alliance’s 2030 Challenge.

Arby’s Cuts Energy Use 15% in 4 Years

Carl Weinschenk

Arby’s Restaurant Group said that as of the end of last year it achieved a 15.2 percent energy reduction at its company-owned restaurants as measured against a 2011 baseline. The chain, in the story at, also reduced water use by 8.6 percent in the same timeframe. The company had pledged in 2012 to achieve the 15   …Continue Reading

General Motors Cuts Its Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

Last week, General Motors said that 11 of its facilities were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification. Buildings under consideration must outperform 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide and meet other performance criteria set by the EPA in order to win the distinction. The winners consisted of seven parts distribution centers, three IT   …Continue Reading