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Commons Energy Offers New Approach for Public Purpose Buildings to Save Energy

The Darling Inn received comprehensive energy upgrades. Photo: Craig Simmons.

By Zoe Dawson

Commons Energy offers a comprehensive approach to reducing energy and water use for owners of buildings that serve a public purpose. These buildings include multifamily affordable housing, schools, health care facilities, houses of worship, community centers, and municipal buildings. […]

Energy Department’s Interior Lighting Campaign Nets $13.5 Million in Energy Savings in First Year

Green Lease Leaders Program Is Advancing Rapidly

Better Buildings Alliance technology and market campaigns show-off indoor lighting technology upgrades and green leasing best practices.

The Energy Department recently announced the results of this year’s Better Buildings Alliance technology and market campaigns. Through partnerships with public and private sector organizations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) […]

Green Revolving Funds Transform Opportunities

By N.R. Mallery

City of Montpelier, VT participates in Billion Dollar Green Challenge with a $30,000 Net Zero Revolving Loan Fund. Photo from

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge is transforming energy efficiency upgrades from perceived expenses to high-return investment opportunities.

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge) encourages colleges, universities, and other […]


North Lennox in the Inspire Space. Photo courtesy of GMP

By George Harvey

Last spring, North Lennox was working on starting a business in Brooklyn, New York, with a goal of fostering the transition to sustainable homes. These, he reasoned, would ultimately be net-zero energy consumers.

There was a […]

Going Green in Tamworth, NH

Mt. Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity exceeds standard energy efficiency codes

Evan, Oaken (the little guy) and Deni Shangraw, with Marianne Jackson, Habitat for Humanity board member, right, on the day the family received the keys from Habitat. Courtesy photo.

By Marianne Jackson and Dick Ficke

After a year of planning and building, […]

Building Codes and Climate


From Green Builder Media

The connection between codes and the climate may, at first blush, seem indirect. However, the two are intricately connected. Codes are designed to make homes and buildings stronger, safer, healthier, and more durable. They’re designed to improve performance and energy savings. And in so doing, codes play […]

Weatherize Upper Valley Kicks Off: January 2017

By Sarah Brock, Vital Communities

Remember Solarize Upper Valley? Two years, 24 towns, dozens of volunteers, and over 370 new solar homes. The last round of Solarize ended in late 2015. Now Vital Communities is back with Weatherize Upper Valley, kicking off in 14 Vermont towns this January.

Home energy efficiency projects are the best […]

Proctor Academy Continues To Blaze Sustainable Path

With New Dining Commons

The spacious new net-zero ready Brown Dining Commons on the campus of Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. Photo courtesy Proctor Academy

By Hope O’Shaughnessy

Proctor Academy, an independent day and boarding school located in Andover, New Hampshire, added another milestone to their long history of environmental stewardship. They recently […]

Lessons from Marrakech: It’s Time to Invest in Cities

Mulan Wind Farm, Heilongiang, China. Credit: © Land Rover Our Planet |

By Carl Pope

Despite the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, we no longer live in an era of climate doom and gloom. While 2016 will set yet another record […]

One World Is Ending. Start Working On the Next.

It is time for everyone to do their part and help lift the earth to greatness. Photo:

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

The day after the election was dreary, but the vegetable garden was still vibrant. My cover crop of rye grass was growing well, and I had spread crushed leaves in […]