Monthly Archives: August 2013

First out of the gate: Robert Cooke proves the ESPA has legs

By Ross Powell Robert Cooke Co-op is one of the first projects being completed under our new and innovative Energy Savings Performance Agreement (ESPA). Construction on Robert Cooke Co-op’s energy efficiency retrofit commenced  in early August, starting with  the in-suite … Continue reading

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Peer Pressure: How a coalition of states convinced the DOE to update its efficiency standards

On Friday, May 9, 2013, a coalition of 10 U.S. states and the City of New York announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to update efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers, metal halide lamps, electric … Continue reading

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Inside Canada’s Greenest Workplace

by Jimmy Lu Bryan and I recently visited one of the world’s most efficient buildings, the Earth Ranger’s Centre (ERC) in Woodbridge, Ontario. Earth Rangers is a kids’ conservation organization that certainly walks the talk of environmental stewardship. In addition … Continue reading

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Take low-carbon to the next level

Full disclosure: I am an Advisor for the upcoming Social Finance Solutions Lab, to be held at the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) on October 3-4 in Calgary.  In addition to workshops and networking, the Social Finance Solutions Lab is … Continue reading

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