Why I Love Solar, Even Though I’ve Never Bought It

On October 6, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

My article last week was entitled Can I Hate the Solar Bill of Rights and Still Love Love Solar?  The comments back ran the gamut, including posters ripping me suggesting I must have oil company ties (to be fair I kind of do) and one asking did someone “pee in my cornflakes” and calling me […]

Why My GridPoint Energy Audit Sucked

On August 20, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Bad day for energy efficiency the other day.  I have a new house (actually a new to me 55 year old house), and was all excited to have an energy auditor come out and energy audit me.  After all, I write Cleantech Blog, and did an article not too long ago urging all homeowners to […]

Cracking the Codes

On December 7, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the big line-items in the energy-related provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was energy efficiency. Over $3 billion was allocated to efficiency investments, with the expectation of a 7:1 economic return, based on previous results of the DOE’s State Energy Program since its inception in the late […]

Blogroll Review: Corny Carpet, Cocoa Car, and Carbon Consolidation

On May 12, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

Pretty much everything you eat these days contains corn, whether in the form of corn syrup, sauces, starch, or other food additives. Pretty soon, we will also get upholstery made from this plant. Already being used for biofuels, corn is also a chemical feedstock. Joel Makower shared this story from his attendance of a gathering […]

Ontological Shock

On March 25, 2009, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Raefor cleantechblog.com The term came up over lunch. A group of home energy evaluators convened at King Eider’s pub in Damariscotta. That morning, we had completed filming of an energy evaluation with the film crew from Maine Public Broadcasting Network. We were talking about the future of the country and the economy and […]

The Appraisal

On January 14, 2009, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Rae for cleantechblog.com A homeowner who recently relocated from New Jersey to one of the swishier towns of Maine asked me last week, in the context of his search for a home energy renovator in the State, ‘why is Maine so far behind?’ That same day, a friend delicately offered, in the midst […]

Ich Bin Ein Freiburger

On December 15, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Earlier this month, I had the privilege of joining a delegation led by Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson to visit Baden-Wurttemberg, the southwestern-most state in Germany. The aim of the trip was to begin building stronger commercial bridges between the Cleveland area and Baden-Wurttemberg – two heavy industrial economies of similar […]

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Let’s Get Small

On November 10, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In a recent story, CNN profiled the new home of Bill and Sharon Kastrinos. 154 square feet. That’s right, 154 square feet. Actually, it’s 98 square feet downstairs, plus a 56 square foot loft upstairs. The closet — well, that’s inside the car. Why would the Kastrinos live in such a […]

Getting Content Into Sustainability Wikis

On September 23, 2008, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

by Marguerite Manteau-Rao (This post originally appeared on La Marguerite blog) Sustainability wikis such as Wikia Green or Appropedia have an important role to play, in the gathering of solutions for a sustainable future. The big challenge of course, is how to engage contributors into volunteering free content. As a content creator in the sustainability […]

Cap-and-Trade Gold in the Golden State

On July 2, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/2/08). Obama and McCain have both stated that climate change requires decisive action. Both support cap-and-trade, putting a limit (cap) on greenhouse gases and enabling the market to work by allowing the trading of permits. How would this work in the United States? We will all learn from California’s progress with its […]

The Next Big Thing in Cleantech Venturing

On June 30, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

As always, the venture community is looking for its next big thing. The cleantech world is no exception. Despite the dearth of exits, so much capital has flowed into the cleantech sector that investors need new places to put it. So despite my promise to certain friends not to blog certain funding rumors in each […]

Death of a Dream?

On June 23, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, both CNN and the Wall Street Journal ran stories that similarly raised the heretical question: is the American dream of suburbanism being killed by high gas prices? Increasingly, the answer seems, yes. Eastern philosophies teach us that our strengths are also our weaknesses. In the case of the U.S., […]

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My aura is…

On April 9, 2008, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Raefor cleantechblog.com One of three dealers of Benjamin Moore paint in my travel distance (which is getting shorter and shorter with the increase in gas prices) carries the new Aura line, as well as the EcoSpec low-voc line of paints.Farther north, along Route 1, another dealer is weighing the costs of the investment […]

Taking Control

On February 13, 2008, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Rae Maine Congressman Tom Allen hopes to dislodge Senator Susan Collins from her Senatorial seat. Allen spoke a few weeks back at an event sponsored by the Hydrogen Energy Center and other energy-oriented organizations at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick. Allen said that without the right kind of leadership in the executive office, […]

Blogroll Review: Beer, Homes, and Geo

On October 27, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling This Kirin’s For You! Even beer manufacturers are now getting on board the bio-ethanol train. In Japan, the Ministry of Agriculture has selected Mitsubishi Corporation and Kirin Brewery Co. to build a bioethanol production plant for a “fuel-grade bioethanol production project” in the Tokachi District of Hokkaido. In the latest article featured […]

Market demand for green buildings – no less than 5 star

On August 27, 2007, in Blog, by Nick Bruse

by Nick Bruse Currently I’m doing quite a bit of work in the Green Building Industry and we are currently seeing a very rapid transformation in the thinking of leading developers around green building development. In today’s ‘The Age’ one of Australia’s major newspapers we have Daniel Grollo, one of the high profile developers in […]

The love and hate relationship with platform technologies

On August 13, 2007, in Blog, by Nick Bruse

by Nick Bruse One of the terms that is used to describe companies every so often is the word “platform technology”. Companies who have been labelled as “platform technology” companies invariably fall into two camps. Those which all the investment community easily understand the technology and it has applications that they all can visualise – […]

Blogroll Review: Sustainable Snobbery, Curry, Wind Tower

On August 3, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling My Sustainability is Greener Than Your Sustainability In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie says that people are motivated by a sense of importance. For many people that means gaining status. Now that green is entering the mainstream, it is also a status symbol among a growing […]

Building a green future – Light-weight high strength concrete

On June 26, 2007, in Blog, by Nick Bruse

by Nick Bruse When one begins to look at the built environment – examining its lifecycle, the resources and materials used in its construction and stakeholders from suppliers to developers to regulators to occupiers – a very complicated and fragmented picture arises. This presents challenges for the property industry when trying to reduce emissions throughout […]

A Head-Knocker

On June 20, 2007, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Rae for cleantechblog.com Consider a basement, a typical basement in rural Maine. Call is what it is — a cellah — a five foot high, dirt-floored head-knocker, with a boulder emerging from beneath its easternmost foundation wall. Add some radon, as radon is pervasive in these parts. Throw down some plastic sheathing; ‘affix’ […]

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