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2016 — The Real Work Begins

Welcome to 2016, the year with the best chance so far of concerted progress towards sustainable improvement in the U.S. and the world! What will it mean for you, your company and your world?  Let’s take a look back at what happened in 2015 and see how that positions us for the new year. There […]

Why the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is Good for Your Business

“On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the […]

Governor Wolf’s New Budget Includes Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Programs

Tucked into Governor Wolf’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, is a $675 million bond program that, among other things, supports investment in infrastructure, energy and technology. The bond program includes a $225 million initiative to ensure a comprehensive energy portfolio that supports gas, coal, oil and renewable resources, as well […]

Visualizing Energy Usage Across Philadelphia

Last week, Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) announced the release of its Energy Benchmarking Data Visualization Tool, developed in conjunction with local rock-star geospatial analysis firm, Azavea. We at iSpring are particularly excited about this tool because it makes energy data easy to understand, and we love it when organizations use visuals effectively to communicate data. The new […]

Residential EnergyWorks Program Evaluation Report Now Available

Several months ago, we told you about the Residential EnergyWorks Program Evaluation that iSpring completed for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS).  Using data from that evaluation, iSpring has now created a brief report detailing the findings that is publicly available.  Curious what the program’s impact was on the region?  Check out the full report below […]

EPA’s New Clean Power Plan: A Primer

Announced on Monday, June 2nd, the Obama administration’s new proposed plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants has already made waves.  For environmentalists, the plan was welcomed as a bold action to stem the effects of global warming.  From those in the industries most likely to be affected by the new plan (and lawmakers […]

iSpring Completes Evaluation Project for Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

We are thrilled to share that iSpring recently completed an evaluation of the residential EnergyWorks program, a five-county energy efficiency program led by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) and funded by a grant from the Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP).  EnergyWorks was one of many programs […]

The Silent Green Revolution at the Department of Energy

The world’s most powerful lithium-ion battery that could drop the cost of the Chevy Volt by $5,000.  A new method of making silicon wafers that would reduce the cost of solar panels by a third.  A 260-ton generator positioned in the Pacific Ocean to capture the renewable energy in waves and power 1000 homes.  These […]

Trend Watch: Building Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure

It’s no secret that buildings are energy-hungry beasts.  They account for 40% of our total energy use in the U.S., making it pretty obvious that if we want to be serious about energy efficiency, we need to tackle our building stock.  According to the Department of Energy, our building energy consumption was 48% higher in […]

Beyond a Buzzword: The Future of Sustainability

At a meeting last week, one of the other meeting attendees stated that he didn’t believe that the concept of sustainability was going to have staying power in the business world.  He just didn’t see it as something that resonates with company executives and drives them towards change. Initially, we were surprised that someone could […]

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