Game On

January 28, 2014

Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to great momentum for green buildings and carbon footprint reduction this year, primarily as a result of market-based, value creation opportunities. In other words, it’s all about taking advantage of the bottom line benefits that going green offers. Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for the New Year. New York State’s Green Bank On January 7th, Governor Cuomo announced that the long-awaited initial funding of New York State’s Green Bank has occurred. The Bank now has $210 million to finance clean energy projects in New York State. According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, “The NY Green Bank will partner with private sector institutions by providing financial products such […]

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Looking Forward to 2014

December 31, 2013

Wishing our family, friends, and clients a bright and abundantly green 2014. Happy New Year from the team at Green Edge.

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First Down, 10 Yard Line…

November 26, 2013

We’re on the 10 yard line with 90 yards to go. That was the conclusion at the end of the Change Leadership: Accelerating Energy Efficiency in The Built Environment conference that I participated in last week at Baruch College in New York City. Unlike most conferences about energy efficiency in the built environment, this conference did not address energy technology per se, but instead focused on stakeholder engagement as the key to accelerating the rate at which energy efficiencies are achieved.   Here are the three critical take-aways from the conference and an example of how one company is embracing them to create a new standard of excellence: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Energy Efficiency It’s About People. Buildings don’t consume […]

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Is Retail Catching Up?

October 30, 2013

There are promising signs that retailers are beginning to realize that they can enjoy significant bottom line benefits by greening their real estate. In addition to the billions in savings that are available as a result of reducing energy and water consumption, significant financial benefits are possible as a result of recycling and improving indoor environmental conditions, all of which also contribute to the so-called “softer” benefits of improved brand value, enhanced ability to attract and retain talent and compliance with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Last month we reported on IKEA’s aggressive journey toward energy independence (see Green Edge September News Alert) and this month we acknowledge other encouraging retail real estate sustainability accomplishments. Walgreens Net Zero Store Walgreens is […]

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IKEA Walks the Walk

September 24, 2013

Fall is finally upon us and this week, Climate Week NYC 2013, we applaud IKEA, the global furniture retailer headquartered in Sweden, for the steps it is taking to achieve its big, hairy, audacious goal of 100% energy independence by 2020. IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer is in New York this week participating in the Climate Week conversations, along with Virgin’s Richard Branson, myself and other assorted climate change solution pioneers. IKEA Walks the Energy Independence Walk Last week IKEA announced that its 359,000 square foot store under construction in Merriam, Kansas, will be its second U.S. store to use a geothermal system for heating and cooling. IKEA has incorporated geothermal systems into 50 of its 340 stores worldwide, including its […]

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Antiseptics vs Anesthesia

August 28, 2013

I recently read a great article in the New Yorker magazine in which the author, Atul Gawande, a Harvard Medical School professor, considered why some innovative technologies catch on like wildfire while others take decades to gain widespread adoption. To illustrate his point, Gawande compared the rates at which modern anesthesia and antiseptics, both discovered in the mid-19th century, were adopted on a widespread basis by the medical community. In the case of anesthesia, the rate of adoption was almost immediate. Gawande reports that within seven years after its discovery was publicized, anesthesia was used in almost every hospital in the U.S. and Britain. On the other hand, although infection was the single biggest killer of surgical patients, it took […]

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How to Survive a Heat Wave

July 31, 2013

For those of us in the Northeast and Midwest, the summer of 2013 has been characterized by an unrelenting heat wave. As temperatures wavered near or topped the 100-degree mark from New York to Chicago to Boston day after day, utilities and power companies scrambled to keep the lights on and the air conditioners running. As we survived the 7,700 brownouts in the New York City area (which were barely perceptible) and braced for blackouts which mercifully didn’t occur, I thought about the fact that the electricity grid is the largest supply chain in the world (a $2 trillion per year industry) with practically no storage. A serious challenge and an incredible opportunity. Energy Storage: Another Opportunity Worth Billions Until […]

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How to Make Billions (No Kidding)

June 25, 2013

Still wondering how to make billions like all those other companies out there? Here’s how we think you can do it and it just so happens that carbon footprint reduction is the by-product. U.S. consumers spend in excess of $500 billion each year to power the buildings where we live, work and play. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, at least 30% of that power, costing about $150 billion, is wasted. Walmart recently announced its commitment to a 20% reduction in annual energy consumption by 2020, which it estimates will result in annual savings of $1 billion. One company. $1 billion a year in savings. That leaves billions in annual savings for the rest of us. In addition to the […]

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LIghts That Talk To Each Other

May 28, 2013

The words “behavior change” are on the tips of the tongues of just about every real estate professional talking about climate change — from the 5,000 or so members of the Urban Land Institute that gathered earlier this month in San Diego to the 35,000 or so who attended the International Council of Shopping Center’s annual RECon in Las Vegas last week. And rightfully so. Even where seemingly small changes in how we do things can result in big gains, progress is grudgingly slow. Take lighting for example. According to the Department of Energy, lighting consumes more than 20% of all electric power generated each year. Use of currently available technologies, such as LEDs, could reduce that consumption by up […]

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Apple, Google and Facebook: How Green is Green, Really?

May 1, 2013

A lot has been written about the proposed new Apple, Google and Facebook headquarters. Each one is slated to incorporate state-of-the-art green building features. In Apple’s case, these include 700,000 square feet of roof top solar panels that will produce 8 megawatts of power — enough to power 4,000 homes, and other “climate responsive” technologies intended to result in a “net-zero energy campus.” Google is rumored to be installing an expensive system to recycle its own sewage, a so-called “blackwater” recycling system that will run all water and sewage through a series of treatment tanks so the water can be reused. Facebook is said to be considering full-grown trees (shown in the architect’s model above), rather than the more typical […]

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