Posts Tagged: energy

Going Green While We’re In The Red

Although our economy remains to be weak, there’s one bright side to this – U.S. solar power companies have increased their revenue by 36% last year, while adding 17,000 jobs. Why the sunny outlook for this business sector? Grants and tax breaks which were included in the economic stimulus bill. If the government extended thisRead… Read more »

Earth Day and Energy Efficiency: GovLoop Poll Results

In anticipation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Day 2010 today, we worked with GovLoop last week to poll community members on workplace habits related to energy efficiency. I was pleased and encouraged by the over 150 responses to our poll, which consisted of the following three questions: 1) How does energy efficiency influenceRead… Read more »

Virtualization and the Public Sector: “Greening” Government IT Saves Energy and Aids Compliance

Executive orders and “green IT” directives have trickled steadily out of Washington, D.C. in the past few years, culminating most recently with Executive Order 13514. Signed by President Obama in October 2009, EO 13514 builds on earlier legislation such as the “Green the Capitol” initiative, and, according to the White House, “…expands the energy reductionRead… Read more »

Demystifying Virtualization: Dramatically Reduce IT Energy Consumption, and Improve the Business of Government

Did you know that the average desktop computer uses almost as much power when idle as when it’s active? And the problem isn’t just restricted to the desktop. There are literally thousands of data centers across the globe stacked to capacity with inefficient, underutilized computer servers. In 2006, in the United States alone, datacenters consumedRead… Read more »

Using Less Energy is Good for the Business of Government

For 40 years, Earth Day has helped us all realize that simple acts can make a big difference in using our resources more wisely! Saving energy is something we can all do, and it doesn’t require a lot of effort to make a difference. Which got us thinking… We all know that the federal governmentRead… Read more »

Join in for Earth Hour March 27.

I would like to encourage everyone to participate in Earth Hour 2010. The movement symbolizes people working together to make a positive impact to protect our future and that of future generations. Visit www.earthhour.org to sign up and get posters or other ideas to get others involved. It is a great event and requires littleRead… Read more »

Turning NASTY grease into fuel

The San Francisco Public Utility Commission is licensing technology from a Philadelphia firm that takes the nasty sewer grease and grease from restaurant grease traps and turns it into diesel fuel. http://www.empoweredmunicipality.com/philly-co-partners-with-san-francisco-puc-to-produce-biofuel

Great Article on Geo-thermal applications for municipal government

The article talks about geo-thermal being a demand side, or energy reduction technology, compared to solar and wind, which are supply side or generators of electricity, adding power. http://www.empoweredmunicipality.com/geothermal-applications-for-municipalities The DOD is already using this and it is applicable for any building, but municipal buildings in particular.