Solar Expanding in Middle and Low Income Communities

Solar Expanding in Middle and Low Income Communities

The use of solar energy is growing in low and middle income communities. Creative financing has a lot to deal with causing — and extending — this trend. In low income communities, solar is given an extra push because it creates local jobs. GreenBiz cites research from Kevala Analytics … Read more…

Chicago Archdiocese to Energy Benchmark 2,700 Buildings

Chicago Archdiocese to Energy Benchmark 2,700 Buildings

In a bid to answer Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical to protect the environment, Archbishop Blasé Cupich says the church will perform energy efficiency benchmarking on all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to an article in the National Catholic Reporter. All of … Read more…

LEDs Reduce Energy 84% at Arboretum

LEDs Reduce Energy 84% at Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum, an outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois, has completed an LED lighting upgrade throughout its buildings. The upgrade was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF). Prior to the upgrade, the … Read more…

Schneider Electric Completes Portable, On-Site Data Center

Schneider Electric Completes Portable, On-Site Data Center

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Barcelona, Spain, Sagrada Família needed to upgrade its small server room to a more robust data center, allowing site operators to better manage the church’s security and effectively control the millions of visitors that come to the site … Read more…

190 Michigan Nonprofits Get Energy Efficiency Benefits

190 Michigan Nonprofits Get Energy Efficiency Benefits

About 190 nonprofit groups throughout Michigan will pay $350,000 less for energy next year after Consumers Energy provides them with energy-efficient upgrades for free. The nonprofits are receiving free installations of energy-saving items such as LED lights and programmable thermostats, financial incentives or free energy assessments … Read more…

Living Building Pulls Out All the Stops

Living Building Pulls Out All the Stops

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ new Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburg received Net Zero Energy Building Certification, which it pursued in the Living Building Challenge issued by International Living Future Institute. The building features everything from geothermal, to solar, to wind, to a desiccant … Read more…

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