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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 […]

Say What? Florida Bans “Climate Change.” (But they’re not the only ones.)

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” – Philip K. Dick The Governor of Florida has decided that ignoring climate change will make it go away. According to the Miami Herald, “DEP officials have been ordered not to use the term ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ in any official […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sustainability on the Playground

Imagine this. You’re seven years old.  You see a brightly colored path and want to find out where it leads.  You meander through a forest where ropes allow you to connect from tree to tree.  The mountains just outside the forest invite you to explore their tunnels and build connections from peak to peak.  You […]

iSpring Principal New President of Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network

iSpring Principal Andrea Wittchen has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the newly-incorporated Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network.  The Network is now a nonprofit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is set to ramp up efforts to connect organizations across the Lehigh Valley and promote sustainability. The Network’s first major project will […]

Vibrant Sustainability Community on View in PA/NJ Region

It seems almost every day brings more disheartening news of governmental dysfunction and gridlock in Washington, DC.  One could believe that nothing of value is getting accomplished as the country sits frozen in a partisan Ice Age. Based on the evidence at the 3rd annual PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium held last week at Temple University, nothing […]

Green Performance Strategies Featured on the Cover of Lehigh Valley Business

Green Performance Strategies, the joint venture of iSpring and Compass Point that focuses on sustainability metrics, performance and reporting, is featured on the front page of this week’s Lehigh Valley Business. The article highlights the growing importance of measuring all three capital components of a business–financial, human and natural–and using those metrics to drive performance […]

Green Performance Strategies Delivers First Success in the Healthcare Community

We are very pleased to announce that Green Performance Strategies has delivered its first successful project. GPS worked with the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and the Health Care Council of the Lehigh Valley to release its first report, The Road to Health: Community Health Profile, the first step in the development of a comprehensive Community Health Needs […]

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