Friday, November 22, 2013

Home Buyers Value Environmentally Friendly Features

In a shocking (not really) development, new research has shown that home buyers now, more often than not, favor environmentally friendly and sustainable features in homes than in previous years. While this particular development may not come as a shock, the reasons behind this shift in opinion are more varied than you might think.

Coinciding with a rise in desire for quality neighborhoods and schools, and consequently a willingness to shell out more money to ensure this quality, home buyers are also taking steps to ensure that they pay less (in the long run) for the home itself. Thus, features that save money on upkeep, utilities, and energy are hot items.

You can read more about these findings over here at RISMedia, where much of this information originally came from. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

An Interactive Webinar With Practical Compliance Strategies

As most environmental professionals know, governmental agencies at the international, federal, and state level continue to strongly focus on green house gas (GHG) from industrial sources. For example, in February 2013, the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) released its second year of emissions data, including information from facilities in 41 source categories. States, such as California, which passed a sweeping climate change plan last decade, continue to implement that regulatory program, and ongoing discussions on taxing carbon continue to unfold in Congress.
If you are presently a regulated facility, it's likely you have been undertaking steps to reduce your carbon footprint for quite some time. If your company is unregulated right now due to your industry type or company size, you may have not had much to do with measuring your carbon footprint or considering viable reduction strategies. But, now is the perfect time to a closer look.
Reducing your carbon footprint should not be driven by regulatory requirements alone. There is a strong case for pursuing GHG reductions, most of which are tied to energy usage, as a means to achieve positive bottom-line results by reducing your costs.
Join us for an in-depth webinar on December 5. Our presenter, a seasoned environmental professional who has helped numerous companies develop and implement business-based carbon footprint reduction plans, will provide a roadmap for developing a plan that can add savings to your organization's bottom line.
You and your colleagues will learn:

  • Useful regulatory context, including a brief overview of important regulatory schemes at the international, federal, and selected state level
  • A simple method for performing a GHG emission assessment process to identify sources 
    • How to use the collected information from the previous steps to provide senior management with a comprehensive going forward strategy based on business opportunities and savings
  • Viable focus areas, such as key energy conservation and reduction projects
  • Case studies that illustrate the best practices other companies have followed to establish and maintain successful programs
  • How to partner with third parties, such as your utility provider and equipment manufacturer, to identify additional opportunities for reductions
  • How to communicate your carbon footprint reduction plan successfully to customers, regulators, local communities, employees, investors, and others
  • How to identify and evaluate resources to help you develop and implement your carbon footprint reduction plan.