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Beyond the Limits to Growth

September 08, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

Déjà vu all over again…

A September 1 headline from The Guardian read:  “Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we’re nearing collapse.” The subtitle elaborated: “Four decades after the book was published, Limit [sic] to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.”

(For those of you who may not know, The Limits to Growth (1972) by authors Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III is an eco-classic “about the computer modeling of exponential economic and population growth with finite resource supplies.” )

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No CommentsTags: Critical Thinking · Economics · Renewable Energy · Sustainability

What Does an Energy Auditor do?

August 28, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

Job Opportunities for Facilities Managers

You may be most familiar with the term “audit” in the context of a financial review. While one goal of energy audits is dollar savings, energy auditors are reviewing the inflows and outflows of energy in buildings rather than dollars in monetary accounts. A fiscal auditor ensures that your budget is sound from the standpoint of economics and finance; an energy auditor ensures that your building is sound from the standpoint of physics.

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No CommentsTags: Ecotech Students · Facility Management · Green Jobs · Solar Energy

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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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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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