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Healthy Homes Leader Awards

Healthy Homes Leader Awards

Kenae Boyer

HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) and its partners are excited to announce the inaugural 2011 Healthy Homes Leader Awards. For the first time ever, we will acknowledge and honor the extraordinary achievements of those who are "Leading the Nation to Healthy Homes, Families and Communities." You're invited to nominate colleagues, state and local leaders, agency teams and programs that have made significant contributions to making our homes, ... [continue reading]

What's Hot in Hot Water

What's Hot in Hot Water

Macie Schreibman

During ACEEE’s Hot Water Forum that took place in Berkeley, California last week, not only did I learn a bit about water pipes and their distribution, but I also learned how the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center at the Berkeley Marina does their laundry. Just another hot topic among the professionals, manufacturers and specialists that came together to discuss what’s happening in the world of hot water. [continue reading]

A Gathering of Efficient Minds

A Gathering of Efficient Minds

Macie Schreibman

Last week, home performance contractors gathered in New York and called upon the state to pass on-bill financing, which would allow moderate-income families to have access to funding for their energy efficiency retrofits. Organized by two local groups, Efficiency First and Building Performance Contractors Association, the efficiency advocates held news conferences in both Long Island and Syracuse to get the word out. [continue reading]

41st Earth Day Exceeds 100 Million Acts

41st Earth Day Exceeds 100 Million Acts

Marsha Johnston

From sixth-grade Iraqi mine survivors planting trees without hands and Detroit school kids building a plastic bottle boat to Malays cleaning up their waterfalls, individuals and organizations from Delhi, Louisiana to New Delhi have racked up over 100 million Acts of Green in honor of the 41st Earth Day, which took place on April 22. The achievement puts Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green campaign well on the road to success for delivering a ... [continue reading]

100 Homes and Counting...

100 Homes and Counting...

Macie Schreibman

On April 15, 2011, Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2004 that's dedicated to helping veterans who have returned home from combat with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001, kicked off the build of its 101st home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Homes for Our Troops is building this particular home (see photo) for U.S. Army Sergeant Jude Recendez who lost both of his legs while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. [continue reading]

Blair Hamilton (19492011)

Blair Hamilton (19492011)

Macie Schreibman

Known to most in the industry as the co-founder (with his wife, Beth Sachs) of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and Efficiency Vermont, Blair Hamilton will be remembered professionally for his dedication to affordable energy efficiency—and personally for so much more. At 61 years of age, Hamilton passed away on April 8 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. [continue reading]

Defining Quality: The John Tooley Way

Defining Quality: The John Tooley Way

Macie Schreibman

Although I was a first-timer at ACI a couple of weeks ago, there were so many more numbers that I found interesting. First off, attendees had 144 sessions to choose from in just 2.5 days, there was at least one person in attendance from all 50 states (and 7 Canadian provinces), there were 101 exhibitors (the largest to date), and ACI celebrated its 25th anniversary. For all of this, I have one word: Wow! [continue reading]

ACI Highlights - Part 2

ACI Highlights - Part 2

Pat Colburn

Along with the insights of Merrian Fuller of which I highlighted in the previous blog, below are further standouts from the ACI conference in San Francisco last week. Steve Ellison of ICF International consulting company provided some sound advice on identifying clients. When you think of your ideal client, you should consider the following: [continue reading]

ACI Highlights

ACI Highlights

Pat Colburn

It was truly wonderful to talk with so many people I already knew, to meet others also working to make our industry a success and to attend some exciting sessions during last week’s ACI conference in San Francisco. The ACI staff did a great job of organizing and coordinating this large event with grace and attention to detail. [continue reading]

Efficiency First hosts Energy Upgrade California Update

Efficiency First hosts Energy Upgrade California Update

Pat Colburn

I was told to expect fireworks at the Efficiency First (EF) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Meeting held on February 24th and although there were no explosions, the cannons were loaded and the fuses were primed. It’s been a tough couple of years for contractors; receiving only promises from program implementers, spending limited financial capital and time for the training required to participate in a program that has only just begun. [continue reading]

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