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Stalemate or Success in Copenhagen?

Dec14 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, International Green Movement No Comments

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency declared an “endangerment finding” concerning greenhouse gases produced by vehicles and power plants. The findings were clear: human-induced emissions leading to climate change, is a danger to public health. The announcement was part of a Supreme Court decision, in 2007, to have the Agency review scientific data of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. This would allow the EPA regulation power over emissions that affect human health, under the current legislation, without having to go through Congress.

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Tis the Season for Energy Efficiency

Dec01 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Green Building No Comments

Tis the season for higher energy bills. As homeowners labor away hanging holiday lights and displays, the spirit of the holiday season is felt by all–that is if you don’t have to foot the electricity bill. Fortunately, saving on costs doesn’t mean cutting tradition. Hanging LED lights are a great energy efficient alternative, they use 90% less energy, last up to 100,000 hours, and are energy star approved. But what if you were hosting an international climate change summit at your home? The LED lighting strategy might not be enough to promote reducing global emissions and curbing climate change.

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A “How-to” Home Energy Audit

Nov23 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Green Building No Comments

A house is meant to provide families with shelter, protection, and comfort. We heat our home in the winter, turn on the AC during summer months, and use electricity for lights and appliances all year round. This constant and excessive use of energy goes unnoticed in most households. What many also don’t realize is that their homes are inefficient at maintaining the pre-set temperature (weather by heating or cooling) which leads to a loss of energy and higher bills. Realizing the bargain in increased energy efficiency isn’t the only reason to conduct a home energy audit; energy use also contributes to 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Take ownership of your home’s ecological footprint and in the process enjoy the return on your green investment.

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Green Jobs on the Rise

Nov19 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

Throughout the economic recession unemployment rates have steadily increased and several companies are on the downward slope of completely disappearing from the market. Throughout bank failures, decreasing stock values, and drops in sales the green job sector has considerably increased, suggesting the industry’s sustainability. Pre-recession statistics conclude that the green job market was growing at a faster pace than traditional job markets.

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Simple Changes to Save Money: tankless water heaters

Nov09 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Sustainable Materials No Comments

Americans take an average of 15 minutes to shower, and use 2 gallons of water per minute. Therefore, every shower uses around 30 gallons of water – hot water that is. Not only does a 15 minute shower waste fresh water, but energy as well. Most homes use a conventional water heater fueled by natural gas, propane, fuel oil, or electricity; working as a standby reservoir storing 20-80 gallons of hot water. Conventional systems work by constantly heating the water in the tank when water demand is zero, also known as standby heat loss.

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Community Design and Health

Nov03 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Environmental Health No Comments

According to The World Health Organization being healthy is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” How would you measure health? Does it involve having energy, following a healthy diet, and/ or family history of disease or illness? Many would agree that being physically and mentally healthy are key determinants of health. However, few would say that the built environment also influences health.

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What is Green Economics?

Oct28 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

Economists are not ecologists and ecologists are not economists. The same can be said for policy makers. Neither economists nor policy makers have studied the principles of ecology, nor integrate these principals into their work. Can we expect economists and policy makers to keep the environment in mind when making decisions concerning business actions and legislation?

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New Urbanism

Oct12 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Green Building No Comments

Globalization is driven by technology and innovation; it has increased the spatial reach of communication, and extended the scope of international trade, finance, and investment. These advancements have brought several societies great prosperity but has simultaneously fueled social inequalities by leading others into deeper poverty.

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National Security Now Involves Climate Change

Oct01 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Politics and Legislation No Comments

The scientific community, and now increasingly the political community, has come to accept climate change as a circumstance of our dependence on fossil fuels. The concerns continue to be, rising sea levels, severe storms, heat waves, and droughts (to name a few). However, many societies continue to see the problem as a phenomenon rather than fact.

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Green Building Industry: On a Collision Course with SEO and Social Marketing?

Sep21 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Green Building No Comments

It seems in today’s age of lightening fast digital communications, few industries are exempt from participating in the one medium that acilitates this collective combustion of information the most – the internet. More and more, people are tuning out traditional conduits to information such as TV, radio and newspapers and, instead, turning to the internet for the news, information and education they need. Hey, I don’t have to tell you since you’re likely reading this with a cup of coffee in one hand and your mouse in the other.

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