Massive Outage

India’s electric power is back up and running today following a massive power outage that left 600 million people (more than the entire population of North America) in the dark and sweating in 90 degree (Fahrenheit)  heat.  Officials blame high demand and a fragile  infrastructure, but are still investigating the causes.   Monsoon rains, that…

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Junk Food Powers Olympics

This is not the first Olympics that I have noted the irony of what the games represent versus what the Olympic sponsors represent.  The athletes competing are the best in the world, spending years training and pushing their bodies to the limit.  I guarantee these athletes are not patronizing McDonalds, snacking on chocolate bars, and…

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5 New Tech Advances for a Greener Office

Your office, whether it be in a large multinational corporation employing thousands of people or a small home office for yourself, is a great place to improve your impact on the environment. With several to dozens of people sharing the same space and resources, considering eco-friendly and energy efficient choices has an exponential effect. Furthermore,…

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SDSU’s Newest Green Industry Program

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies is offering a fourth addition to their online certificate programs in green industry. The latest program is “Water Management and Landscape Sustainability” which focuses on regulations, treatments, and creating sustainable landscapes with water. This online program allows students to take courses anytime, anywhere 24/7. In addition to…

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Ygrene PACE Program

PACE “Property Assessed Clean Energy” programs allow property owners within participating communities to finance the installation of energy improvements on commercial properties and pay the amount back as a line item on their property tax bill. CaliforniaFIRST is offered by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (California Communities), a joint powers authority sponsored by the California…

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When Beijing Cleared the Air

Imagery from satellite data shows normal 2008 carbon dioxide levels in Beijing, left, and the reductions when traffic and industrial emissions were curbed during the Olympics. As carbon monoxide decreased, so did carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas. As the Olympic Games draw near in London and some fret about the environmental impact, it might…

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Spotlight on World Resources Simulation Center

      As loyal U.S. Green Chamber  members and hosts of our upcoming China Informational session, the World Resources Simcenter offers a one of a kind venue in San Diego. The World Resources SimCenter (WRSC.org) is an immersive visualization facility where you can “see” critical trends, the relationships between issues, accelerate understanding and compare the consequences…

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Green Homes Appraise Higher

Having a green certified home adds 9% to its appraised sales value in California, finds a new study. The study is the first rigorous, large-scale economic analysis of the value of green home labels in California and was conducted by state university professors. Researchers conducted a pricing analysis of all 1.6 million single-family home sales…

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