FAQs

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What is “Green”?  

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“Green” is defined as a product or procedure which has little to no impact on the environment. i.e. Green energy is energy that is created through means which result in minor pollutants, if any. Being “green” involves using renewable energy sources, creating healthy indoor air environments with adequate ventilation, making material choices that minimize volatile organic byproducts, using recycled rain-water, and specifying building materials and resources that are sustainable.

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Why Go Green?

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Inevitably the first question asked when talking about green is “Why?” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world population is expanding exponentially. The world reached 1 billion people in 1800; 2 billion by 1922; and over 6 billion by 2000. It is estimated that the population will swell to over 9 billion by 2050. That means that if the world’s natural resources were evenly distributed, people in 2050 will only have 25% of the resources per capita that people in 1950 had. Not only are our natural resources diminishing, but they are being polluted and destroyed without being used. We now face global warming, air pollution, and a dependence on fossil fuels. It is time to take action and save the planet for ourselves, for our children, and for future generations.

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What is Sustainability

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The term “sustainable” refers to any process that fulfills the needs of today, without compromising the needs of the future. Fossil Fuels are not considered sustainable as they are consumable, and will eventually run out. Solar power is considered sustainable as it is not consumable, and will not run out within the the foreseeable future. Any process in which the ecosystem remains unaffected is considered sustainable.

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What is Renewable Energy?

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Renewable/sustainable energy is energy created through sources which have non-pollutant byproducts, and have an ecological source which is not diminished or compromised through the energy process. Wind power and hydroelectricity both produce substantial amounts of energy and produce miniscule amounts of greenhouse gasses, if any at all. Wind power itself consumes nothing and creates no harmful byproducts. Renewable energy is one of the most important industries for the green movement, as it would provide a necessity while no longer destroying or consuming our planet.

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What is Energy Star?

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Energy Star s a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

The Energy Star program was established by EPA in 1992, under the authority of the Clean Air Act Section 103(g). Section103(g) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to "conduct a basic engineering research and technology program to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate non–regulatory strategies and technologies for reducing air pollution." In 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act. Section 131 of the Act amends Section 324 (42 USC 6294) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and "established at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency a voluntary program to identify and promote energy–efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security, and reduce pollution through voluntary labeling of or other forms of communication about products and buildings that meet the highest energy efficiency standards."

Under EPA’s leadership, American consumers, businesses, and organizations have made investments in energy efficiency that are transforming the market for efficient products and practices, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy. Now in its 23rd year, the Energy Star program has boosted the adoption of energy efficient products, practices, and services through valuable partnerships, objective measurement tools, and consumer education.

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What Are The Top 10 Greenest Countries?

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The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced Dual Citizen LLC, a look at how 60 countries are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance.  Here is the list of the top 10.

  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Costa Rica
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Spain

The U.S. ranked 28th

 

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What Are The Top 10 Solar States?

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The Top 10 Solar States, according to the Solar Industries Association ranking, are based on solar capacity installed in 2014. It also includes the number of megawatts installed per state, number of houses powered per megawatt of solar added, and fun factoids for each state. They are:

  • California
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Massachusetts
  • Arizona
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Hawaii
  • New Mexico

Note: New Jersey has fallen in the rankings over previous years