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What About the Solar Corridor, Mr. Pickens?

It’s clear our country is reaching what future generations will see as a watershed moment as it relates to our current energy situation and how we handle it.  In the U.S. alone, buildings account for roughly 70% of electricity use and 39% of energy use, so any discussion of our energy future naturally implicates the built environment.  The current state of discussions on our energy future has brought together some incredible minds and one of those is the great T. Boone Pickens, an expert in recognizing scarce resources and future energy trends.  Just today, he announced his efforts relating to the PickensPlan — a plan he explains himself in the above video.

Now, I think Mr. Pickens is definitely probing one of the better ways to alleviate our dependence on foreign oil, but I also think he’s skipping over an important aspect of this discussion on our country’s energy mix. 

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Happy Fourth of July From Jetson Green!

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Hopefully you’re eating good, hanging out with friends and family, and enjoying this day that we celebrate.  Keep it real, keep it careful, and we’ll be back with you as always tomorrow morning.

Photo credit: jonrawlinson.

AIA Report: 42+ Million People Live in Cities with Green Building Programs!

Nation-wide Green Building Programs

The AIA has been publishing some interesting analysis of U.S. green building programs, which I wanted to share with all you enthusiasts.  In their report, Local Leaders in Sustainability, the AIA looked at 661 communities, or cities with a population greater than 50,000 people, and conducted research of each communities’ green building programs.  The AIA spoke with planners and other officials from 606 cities, getting a 92% response rate.  They found that 92 of the 606 responding cities had green building programs — or to put that in perspective, over 42 million people live in cities with green building programs.  The report also elaborated on program trends and includes case studies of programs in Portland, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Chicago, Austin, and Atlanta. 

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JG Writers Make Top Green Girls & Guys Lists!

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Well, I just want to kick out a shout to the writers at EarthFirst — they’ve found a way to make us blush not just once, but twice.  Much to my surprise, I was invited on their list of Top 25 Hottest Guys in Green: 10 We Missed Last Time (scroll down to #7).  No worries, though, I’m working my way up the list, so hopefully you’ll find me on the original Top 25 next year — maybe somewhere between Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio?!  But enough about me, how about Jetson Green contributor extraordinaire Sarah Meredith Roe!  She made their list of Top 25 Hottest Girls in Green: 10 We Missed the First Time (scroll down to #3).  Sarah beat out green belles such as Sheryl Crow, KT Turnstall, Amber Valetta, and Norah Jones, just to name a few.  If that doesn’t make a green writer blush, I’m not sure what does.  Thanks EarthFirst for thinking of Jetson Green!

Sustainability Now Open to Free Online Registration

Sustainability Now

I just want to pass along a reminder relating to Sustainability Now, a free, virtual event highlighting the essential issues that matter right now for those creating a sustainable built environment.  Although the event will be broadcast from and with an emphasis on activity in the UK, I understand some of the content will also be highly relevant to professionals here in the U.S.  We’ve provided an article and an interview for the event, so keep your ears open for that.  Click here to register for the July 1-2, 2008 virtual conference and exhibition. 

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Home Depot To Save $16 M/YR By Switching to CFLs

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You may have noticed recent news that Home Depot will be providing free, in-store recycling of CFLs at all of its U.S. stores.  But buried in that story is another interesting factoid — a tidbit of information in the likes of plucking the low hanging fruit.  Home Depot announced that they will be switching to CFLs at all U.S. Light Fixture Showrooms and expect to save roughly $16 million in annual energy costs.

This news isn’t all that sexy, but it’s important.  Make the switch, if you haven’t already and stop throwing money out the window.  With the low hanging fruit, it’s true: money grows on trees!

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