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Of Negawatts and Energy Managers

August 21, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

“Energy-saving technologies keep improving faster than they’re applied, so efficiency is an ever larger and cheaper resource.” ~Amory Lovins

Energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit of our sustainable future. The cheapest unit of energy is the one you don’t have to produce. In a now-famous 1990 article, energy expert Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute captured this concept in his term, “negawatt” (i.e., “negative watt”). In a 2012 retrospective, Slate magazine’s “Welcome the Negawatt Revolution” explains:

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No CommentsTags: Energy Efficiency · Renewable Energy · Solar Energy · Sustainability

The Ideal Facility Manager

August 14, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

“An ideal facility manager must have Aristotle’s logic and Solomon’s wisdom, a priest’s discretion and a gambler’s poker face, a lawyer’s shrewdness and a marketing director’s charm, a gladiator’s guts, a marathon runner’s perseverance and a sprinter’s speed, a leatherneck’s toughness and a dancer’s agility, lots of good luck and 30 hours per day.”  ~Unknown Source

A couple of months ago, we established that Facilities Managers are not janitors. But I don’t like defining things by what they’re not. So let’s take another look at what it takes to play the role of a facility manager.

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No CommentsTags: Ecotech Students · Facility Management · Green Jobs

Huge Surge in U.S. Clean Energy Jobs

August 07, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

In a recent blog post, I discussed how there were 6.5 million people employed worldwide in renewable energy in 2013—a 14% increase from 2012. (Cue late-night infomercial voice…) But wait, there’s more!=

We just reviewed employment data from our free online tool, the Clean Jobs Index, for the past year. The Jobs category of the Clean Jobs Index uses actual clean economy job numbers for each state, as provided by Burning Glass, a management-owned company founded by scientists and dedicated to leading technologies for matching people with jobs. Data is cross-referenced to “green jobs,” as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Drum roll, please…)

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No CommentsTags: Clean Energy · Economics · Green Jobs

Meet the Brains behind the “Energy Moonshot”

July 31, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

You’ve probably heard of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or as Fast Company’s Jessica Leber elaborates, “the military’s research agency that funds the development of mind-reading science, cyborgs, and deadly robots.” But have you heard of ARPA-E? As you might can guess from the title of this article, the “E” stands for Energy. Indeed, ARPA-E is the U.S. Department of Energy’s analog to DARPA, and it’s only five years old.

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No CommentsTags: Critical Thinking · Energy Efficiency · Renewable Energy · Solar Energy

Will Cosmos’ Success Inspire Science and Sustainability Education?

July 25, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

What's out of this world and received 12 Emmy award nominations? Well, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, of course!

The now-completed first season of this popular 13-part series is both a tribute to Carl Sagan's classic original – and a much-needed 30+ year update. When the premier episode gathered 8.5 million viewers nationally and total audience of 40 million viewers worldwide, it was clear the "Ship of the Imagination" had a successful re-launch.

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No CommentsTags: Critical Thinking · Higher Education · Science