91% of U.S. Coal Plants Have Unsafe Levels of Coal Ash Contaminants in Groundwater

Coal contains a long list of toxic chemicals, including arsenic, radium, and other carcinogens, several metals that can impair children’s developing brains, and multiple chemicals that are toxic to aquatic life. When coal is burned to produce electricity, these toxic chemicals become concentrated in the waste product – coal ash. Report: “Coal’s Poisonous Legacy: Groundwater

Google’s Project Sunroof

Last week Google’s Green Blog announced “Project Sunroof: mapping the planet’s solar energy potential, one rooftop at a time.” Project Sunroof is a new online tool we’re testing to help homeowners explore whether they should go solar. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno (in central California), and the Boston area for now, the

Kilowatt Financial, With Citi Backing, Offers Solar Loans

According to a press release issued last week, Kilowatt Financial has secured a $200 million “debt warehouse facility” with Citi for the purpose of providing financing for residential solar power systems. Through Kilowatt’s lending program, consumers can own their own residential solar system with no money down and with loan terms of up to 20 years

Michael Craig: Three Game-Changing Building & Construction Innovations in 2014

I’ve been seeing an increasing number of articles about “cargo container construction”, so it makes sense that this one tops Michael Craig’s list of “Game-Changing Building & Constructions Innovations” for 2014. The cargo container buildings are said to exceptionally hurricane-proof, but not always easy to cool. Cuban-born artist, Julio Garcia, brought cargo container construction to

Christopher Davis: 200 years of LEED (or 20 historic buildings you probably didn’t know were green)

Christopher Davis was speaking to my tree-hugger heart when he wrote: These projects are incredible examples of how historic preservation and environmental sustainability can work hand in hand, and how saving the past can enrich the future. Renovating a historic building to LEED standards isn’t easy, but it is well worth it, in my opinion.

President Obama Says New Standards to Cut Greenhouse Emmissions “Don’t Sound All That Sexy”

On June 25th, at Georgetown University, President Obama spoke about global climate change and what his administration is doing to address it. He also announced new mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Today, about 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution comes from our power plants. But here’s the thing: Right now, there are

Solar-Powered Affordable Housing in Chicago

Like the LEED certified Silver Vista Mar development in the Wynwood area of Miami, affordable housing is going green throughout the country. This guest post by Zachary Shahan talks about the Kyocera Solar and VGI Energy partnership that is retrofitting Chicago affordable housing buildings with solar power. Solar-Powered Affordable Housing In Chicago (via Clean Technica)

Miami in the Top Ten US “Most Walkable” Cities

The City of Miami may have an overall Walk Score of 73 (which puts us in the “Top Ten Most Walkable” cities in the United States) but my little slice of the Magic City in the Central Business District scores a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 92 while parts of the Brickell Financial District score a

What is Your Opinion of the US Green Building Council’s LEED Certification Program?

The federal government wants to know by April 8th.  According to the US General Services Administration, “federal agencies have been using green building certification systems since such systems were pilot tested in the late 1990s.” In 2006, five different green rating systems were evaluated by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the US General Services Administration, resulting