Remember Global Warming?
Global warming, energy independence and good 21st-century jobs are three compelling reasons why Washington must do a lot more to promote renewable energy. Congress seemed to get it in 2005 when it directed the Interior Department to approve enough wind, solar and other projects on public land to produce 10,000 megawatts by 2015 — enough to heat, cool and light five million homes. Not much has happened since.
The George W. Bush administration was fixated on oil and gas exploration. The Obama administration was slow to get going. Until a little over three weeks ago, the Interior Department had approved more than 73,000 oil and gas leases since 2005, but only one offshore wind energy project and not a single solar project.
Things are beginning to turn around. In recent weeks, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has approved six large-scale solar power projects on public land — five in California, one in Nevada — that together will provide enough power for as many as two million homes.
He also gave final approval to the country’s first commercial offshore wind farm, off the coast of Massachusetts. And a group of companies including Google announced plans to build an underwater transmission system to carry wind-generated power from public lands on the Atlantic Coast to Eastern cities.
VeriGreen, is a distributor of eco-friendly building products and designs. From water conservation and reclamation to landscape design, VeriGreen, is paving the way to a more sustainable way of living. At VeriGreen, they emphasize the importance of distributing products that are durable, unique, and most importantly, safe for the environment. VeriGreen, is dedicated to turning innovative green technologies into leading products and services that help solve some of the world's toughest problems. As a result, they take pride on providing superior products: Permapave, DymonRock, Lumi-Coat, and Dymoncrete.
Interview: Matt Freiman of VeriGreen.
▪ What are your top three products? What makes them different from other products in their category?
Permapave is a permeable paving stone made from all natural stone that has a flow through rate of 1.5 gallons per sec per square foot. Permapave is unique from other products as it has the ability to be retrofitted into applications and we manufacture 12"x12" or 16"x16" flag pavers.
Lumi - Coat is a glow in the dark paint that contains no voc it has a longer and brighter glow then other luminescent paints. We also manufacture safety signs and stair markings.
VeriBrite LLC is an Industry Leading LED company. All of the design work for our lights is done in the United States with much of our manufacturing done in New York State. Our imported lights are done by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to our specifications including LEDs from CREE, Nichia, Seoul or Bridgelux, patent pending driver technology and proprietary lens and heat-sink technology. VeriBrite represents the very best of technology in the LED world with a constant strive for improvement.
1. Why use your products? Is it cost effective?
All of our 3 products are new and revolutionary to the building trade. As all sustainable materials are a little more costly the utility cost becomes cheeper therefore they pay for themselves in a shorter amount of time
2. What are some of the projects you are working on?
Permapave has been targeting and setting up pilot programs with municipalities all across the country. we have also been working with architects, engineers and builders on specing and using the product.
Lumi-Coat is been targeting to the safety sector using our glow in the dark exit signs . Veribrite has also been targeting municipalities as our lights are dark sky compliant
3. What is the future for Verigreen?
Verigreen will expand to other products and be leading distributor of unique sustainable building supplies.
Kroon Hall - Yale University
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Building type(s): Higher education, Library
68,800 ft2 (6,390 m2)
Completed January 2009
Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2.2--Level: Platinum (59 points).
Kroon Hall, the new home for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is charged with many ambitious goals: to be novel and inspiring while fitting in with its Neo-Gothic neighbors; to be timeless on a campus known for its icons; to be practical, indeed, the university's most efficient energy consumer; to provide a home for an academic department previously scattered throughout a collection of outdated buildings; to not only be sustainable but to explicitly reveal through its design how a 100-year design lifespan building can run on nearly 60% fewer resources than its conventional peers. It includes offices for faculty, classrooms, a library and study center, an auditorium and a student lounge.
The architects and the university wanted Kroon Hall to set a new standard for schools around the country. It had to function not simply as a sustainable overlay that offset unsustainable practices in people's everyday lives but as something that inspired and encouraged people to alter their lives and become more sustainable citizens. This was accomplished through a mix of active and passive design measures and visible, invisible and interactive building features. It also involved a range of design team actions from a fundamental realization of the sustainable possibilities that the site offered to more systemic issues, including electronic transmission of drawings for review between the team to save energy and reduce waste.
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Hungary drudges through this toxic spill - ...Hungary is back on the world stage because of a disastrous chemical spill. An avalanche of a highly alkaline mud that could fill 440 Olympic-sized swimming pools has broken through the shoddy containment walls at an aluminum plant not far from the Lake Balaton region. As a result, nine people have died and 250 were injured. Wild and farm animals have perished, and lands and little summer gardens that were the villagers’ food and staple for winter have been ravished...read on
A Dozen Threats to Your Water on the 38th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act - Water is the heart of all life. It is embedded in all life forms, in all economic, social and spiritual practices across the globe. Disaggregating and disconnecting water from this essential nature is what has led us to chop it up into pieces, think of it as something that can be owned and led to laws and practices that encourage its waste, overuse, pollution and that reinforces class, race and gender inequity because of lack of access.
The global water cycle is broken and is contributing to and being affected by chemical pollution, unheard of and accelerated biodiversity loss, nutrient issues, the hardening of the landscape and desertification, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean acidification, estuary and freshwater ecosystem collapse and climate change...read on
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