PA Creates Alternative Energy Fund

Pennsylvania is establishing a $500 million fund to support alternative energy projects. Most of the money will be split into six funding sources: $80 million in grants and loans for solar energy projects; $100 million in grants, loans, and rebates for up to 35% of the cost of solar energy projects at residences and small […]

EPA and CCSP Release Climate Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Climate Change Science Program released a report on July 17, 2008 analyzing the impacts that climate change will have on humanity.

Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops Part II

Today I’ll be exploring a great new countertop material called EcoTop. This year, it achieved one of “The Top 10 Green Building Products” by Sustainable Industries.

Kitchen Makeover Series: Green Countertops

This week, I’ll be writing a series of posts about the numerous eco-friendly countertop choices that are on the market today. It’s getting easier to increase the green quotient of kitchen remodeling projects with beautiful, functional products.

All-American Pastime Hits a Green Home Run

The trend towards environmentally-conscious building and living is influencing many aspects of daily life and America’s favorite sport, baseball, is no exception. Major League Baseball has partnered with the nonprofit environmental group, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to lessen the game’s environmental impact.

California Gets a Greener Building Code

It frequently seems like California sets the trends for the rest of the country, and hopefully, the state’s latest idea will catch on elsewhere. The California Building Standards Commission announced today the adoption of the nation’s first statewide green building code, becoming mandatory beginning in 2010.

Is Fiberglass Insulation Green At All?

“Fiberglass is a man-made product that is composed of natural ingredients such as sand and recycled products such as window glass and bottles (up to 40%). The ingredients are melted and spun to create small strands of fiberglass that together form glass wool.” It is available as loose-fill (blown in) insulation or fiberglass blanket insulation […]

How Green are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

Structural insulated panels, or SIPs, are typically comprised of 2 sheets of OSB (oriented strand board) or plywood that sandwich a foam core, usually made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane. SIPs are great energy savers in new construction, saving significant amounts in home energy use.

How Green is Soy-Based Spray Foam Insulation?

Now that we’ve explored cellulose and denim cotton insulation, let’s take a look at another green option for insulation — Soy-based Spray Foam Insulation.

Philadelphia’s New Green Banking Institution

The formation of an eco-minded banking institution in the Philadelphia region has been formally announced. e3bank will focus every aspect of its infrastructure, operations, and products and services towards a triple bottom line approach.

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