energy efficiency

Air drying your clothes saves a bunch of energy.  Flickr/Till Westermayer

Greenwashing* is Bad, but Green Drying is Good

We often discuss ways to help make our homes and offices more energy efficient, such as using air barriers, insulation, and triple-pane windows. But what are some of the loads that you can reduce yourself without a major cash outlay or disruption to your home? Recently, I investigated getting some drying racks for my own home […]

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Clean Power Plan Support in Op-Ed by Mayors of Pittsburgh & Philadelphia

Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia have spoken out in support not only of a new federal power plan, but also a way to comply that puts those most vulnerable (those who spend the highest portion of their income on energy bills) first. The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon pollution from […]

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Illuminating the Way Toward Greener Parking Garages

In the business of energy efficiency, one type of structure that uses a great deal of energy might not come to mind first – a parking garage. In many cases, parking garage lights are on 24 hours a day, seven days a week – even when the buildings are totally unoccupied. As a result, garages’ […]

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Technology in the Race to Zero Energy: Identifying Energy Inefficiencies

Session 2 of “The Race to Zero Energy” series, on June 23, was held at Carnegie Robotics in Lawrenceville. The state-of-the-art facility, formerly a warehouse from the steel era, houses the design of robotic products with heavy commercial and research applications. Here, attendees gathered to learn about new technologies impacting energy use in the building sector. This month’s session […]

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Industrial Opt-Out Bill Poses Risk to Energy Efficiency Programs Across PA

Senate Bill 805 would allow large industrial customers to circumvent the collaborative stakeholder process built into Act 129 and opt out of our statewide energy savings program. Their actions could have cascading impacts beyond their own rate class that will negatively affect the availability of rebates and affordable energy for all Pennsylvania ratepayers. Senate Bill […]

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FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Seminar: Energy Efficiency and the Funding Options Available

“Racing to the Finish Line”
Seminar & Lunch in Cranberry, September 22

The Energy Efficiency Incentives from FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities are entering their last lap. Phase 2 programs will come to a close May 31, 2016, so it’s important to act now. Join us for lunch to learn:

  • What is energy efficiency?  Join them for a deeper understanding of what it means to be energy efficient and why it’s so important.
  • Funding options available:  Listen to guest speakers for the Sustainable Energy Fund and The PA Department of Environmental Protection explain how to obtain funding for energy efficient improvements.
  • The future is Phase 3:  They’ll discuss how the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is structuring Phase 3 programs which begin June 1, 2016.

 

Now is the time to take advantage of energy efficiency rebates before they’re in your rear view.  Join them for lunch to learn more!

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Energy Efficiency Just Got Really EASY in Erie County

In partnership with the Erie County Redevelopment Authority (ECRA), Green Building Alliance (GBA) is pleased to offer the Erie County Energy Efficiency Support Year (E3SY) or EASY! EASY! is a free program available to Erie County municipalities and other governmental entities to help them identify easy ways to save energy. Green Building Alliance support services include: Basic energy planning […]

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Caretakers of God’s Creation: A Discussion with Reverend Pat Watkins, United Methodist Church

Join Reverend Pat Watkins, nationally recognized speaker, at an event sponsored by the Green Building Alliance and the Pittsburgh 2030 District, and hosted by the St. Nickolas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland.

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Watkins2What: Rev. Watkins, who is tasked with leading a ministry focused on God’s Renewed Creation globally, is coming to the Pittsburgh area. Previously a featured panelist at the White House representing general Christian theology, Rev. Watkins will speak about the importance of boosting the energy efficiency of the nation’s houses of worship. He will also bring to light the United Methodist understandings of stewardship as well as the specific things Caretakers of God’s Creation is doing to empower United Methodist congregations to practice care of creation. He will answer questions about his mission and give examples of how the United Methodist Church is becoming green. Sponsored by the Green Building Alliance and the Pittsburgh 2030 District www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11-1pm. Light lunch will be provided (please note any dietary restrictions in your registration). This event is free.

Where: St. Nickolas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S Dithridge St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, (412) 682-3866. Parking is limited; public transportation is encouraged.

Audience: Church leadership, facilities managers, those in charge of building improvements in Pittsburgh’s church community.

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Planning for Energy Management

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Need ideas for reducing energy consumption or insight into sustainability incentives?  Come hear from Gonzalo Manchego, Business Consultant, about some of the energy management strategies he has encouraged businesses to pursue.  Starting with the importance of energy efficiency, Gonzalo will give attendees a framework of the steps to take toward an energy saving plan.  Learn how to prioritize and find synergies among strategies ranging from weatherization to equipment maintenance to lighting and HVAC systems!  Additionally, get suggestions for how to leverage your steps toward sustainability through marketing and financial incentives.

Gonzalo Manchego, MBA, is a Business Consultant at Duquesne University’s Center for Green Industries, assisting clients with needs in business development, growth, start-up, marketing, and sustainability. In his career with Duquesne University business consulting centers, he has advised dozens of businesses and individuals with great success. He is an engineer by trade, having spent 15 years as a quality control chief for a large brewery where he led a number of cross-functional projects striving for continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, and environmental compliance. Gonzalo earned his MBA, with Honors, from the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University and has been an expert small business consultant ever since.  Gonzalo gained additional experience through a Certified Energy Manager training at Duquesne University.  

Lunch will be provided by the Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth.

Can’t join us in person? Catch a live-stream of this lunch and learn. Details here:

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Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the meeting ID, followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above, then press “Join”. On the next page, complete your name and email address, then press “Submit”. The system will guide you through the process of downloading the meeting dashboard to participate in the online meeting.

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