This past week's heat wave was so intense that it made me want to stay inside and catch up on some reading. However since I couldn't find any juicy ne


This past week's heat wave was so intense that it made me want to stay inside and catch up on some reading. However since I couldn't find any juicy news stories that I thought were the least bit absorbing or interesting; I was faced with the fact that yes, global warming is definitely upon us and I am bored!

Here's the lowdown on why it's happening, what's causing it, and how it might change the planet.

Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
The rate of warming is increasing. The 20th century's last two decades were the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to a number of climate studies. And the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen warmest since 1850.
The Arctic is feeling the effects the most. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.
An upsurge in the amount of extreme weather events, such as wildfires, heat waves, and strong tropical storms is also attributed in part to climate change by some experts.

Human Involvement

Industrialization, deforestation, and pollution have greatly increased atmospheric concentrations of water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, all greenhouse gases that help trap heat near Earth's surface.
Humans are pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere much faster than plants and oceans can absorb it.
These gases persist in the atmosphere for years, meaning that even if such emissions were eliminated today, it would not immediately stop global warming.

Please see "The Greenhouse Effect" article below in the news section.

Company Spotlight


The Cotocon Group is a group of committed Environmental Professionals that firmly believe in Sustainable Design and the future of our planet. Their team of LEED APs with decades of experience In Architecture, Construction, and Environmentalism develop close relationships with building owners. Because their sole responsibility is to coordinate the LEED process and team players as well as track LEED compliance and documentation, their focus remains exclusively on the goal of LEED certification. The integrated design process unique to LEED is often a new way to do business for many. Having an Owner's Representative guide and manage the process and team serves to insure a more effective and successful outcome in LEED Certification.

Q & A - Jimmy Carchietta LEED® AP

What is the Cotocon Group?
The Cotocon Group is a green building consulting firm that specializes in energy efficiency and LEED consulting for new and existing buildings. Our team is made up of experienced professionals who use current best practices to support your goal of attaining a positive “triple bottom line”.

What are your backgrounds?
We are architects, engineers, LEED® AP’s (Accredited Professionals), interior designers, energy auditors, contracting professionals, project managers, and sustainable product experts. We also have alliances with energy tax CPAs, ESCOs and other energy professionals. Our mission is to help our clients reduce their operating costs and increase their ROI, through sustainable and energy efficient practices in their current buildings and any new buildings. We help make upgrades and retrofits financially feasible by exposing all possible incentives.

What do the designations mean or suggest?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a 3rd-party evaluated green building certification system created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED has become the internationally recognized standard for energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. A LEED Accredited Professional (AP) is a designation which certifies professional expertise in the LEED system and is awarded for demonstration of the highest levels of LEED knowledge and experience, including passing an exhaustive exam. Last year the LEEP AP exam pass rate was reported to be 20%. 

Why did you form the Company?

I formed The Cotocon Group when I noticed a need for clarity and understanding for what makes going green affordable and achievable. I became a LEED AP because I wanted to be recognized as an expert in the green building industry and LEED rating system; having the experience to provide building owners and their teams the ability to maximize energy efficiency design and their return on investment on those projects. Before becoming accredited by the USGBC as a LEED AP, I spent over 25 years in large commercial building construction and development.

How does your company function in the environmental finance space?
We help make energy efficiency retrofits financially feasible by providing direct insight into all available financial incentives including federal, state, local and utility programs. We work with energy tax specialists who can bring significant tax benefits to a client who does an energy efficiency retrofit. We can arrange for financing of clean energy projects in support of LEED and other energy efficiency standards.

If someone is thinking of hiring a company like yours, what questions should they ask? What are the benefits?
How can you support my objectives for achieving a positive triple bottom line (people property and profit)? What differentiates you from other competitors? The Benefits are lowered operating costs, increased property value, higher occupancy, retaining tenants, and attracting tenants with the highest standards by delivering a green message to clients and vendors alike.

If you have interest in learning more about energy efficiency, LEED and sustainable buildings please go to The Cotocon Group.

Green Market Business Trends

Global Facts

79% of consumers would rather buy from companies doing their best to reduce their impact on the environment – this is most marked in China and Brazil, but least in the UK and US.
89% of people are likely to buy more green goods in the next 12 months.
35% are willing to pay a premium for green goods.
74% of consumers feel they can actively contribute to solving Climate Change – this figure is higher in developing countries, but lower in developed countries.
Only 11% of respondents strongly feel their respective government is
doing enough to tackle Climate Change.

Domestic Facts

Respondents in the US simultaneously have the greatest understanding of the climate change issue and the lowest level of concern
34% of US respondents are eco-apathetic – almost six times as many as in Brazil or Mexico. The eco-apathetic typically marginalise the issue of climate change, recognizing the concept but sharing none of the responsibility
The US also has the third-smallest proportion of eco-absorbed respondents in the world, with 23%.
The eco-absorbed are those who are very focused on the issue of climate change and only the UK (17%) and Germany (15%) have fewer than the US as a proportion of the population
71% of American respondents agree that tackling the issue of climate change means changing the way we live our lives – a significant proportion, but still lower than any other country in the survey
61% of Americans agree that climate change will affect them and their family, but only 50% believe they can contribute to solving the problem
51% of US respondents would be more likely to buy environmentally-friendly goods in the next 12 months if they were at the same price and standard as their usual brands. 31% would be willing to pay a little extra for those goods
Only 20% of Americans agree that their government is making a significant effort to combat climate change
Americans believe the oil and gas sector is the most damaging of all economic sectors in terms of the environment, while media and telecoms is the least damaging.


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