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YEEC at Marketfest, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

On Saturday only, October 19th, we will we have a table at Market Fest to share information on energy audits, energy saving tips, and brochures from various energy programs and businesses. Our aim is to have at least two people working the booth during business hours that day. If you think you can help do . . . → Read More: YEEC at Marketfest, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

Climate Reality Project: 24 hours of Reality – Coming to York

Join members of the York Energy Efficiency Committee on Tuesday, October 22 from 7-8:30 pm downstairs in the library for a viewing party of “24 Hours of Reality”, a global event highlighting the high cost of carbon from every time zone in the world, hosted by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. For more . . . → Read More: Climate Reality Project: 24 hours of Reality – Coming to York

The Future of Hybrids & Green Technology

The article below was submitted to this site via SocialMonsters.org. Of course, the greenest choice is to not drive at all. But for those who have to have a car, it pays to investigate the most environmentally friendly alternatives in transportation.

Toyota, the world’s largest producer of hybrid electric cars introduces its first hydrogen-powered car . . . → Read More: The Future of Hybrids & Green Technology

Solar options for homeowners

From the Rocky Mountain Institute comes an infographic about choices that nearly any homeowner can make.

How Green is My State

According to the following infographic, it appears that Maine is pretty good in some environmental categories (CO2 emissions, recycling, water quality, and renewables), but not so good in others (mass transit and gasoline consumption).

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Green Companies Deserve Admiration and Emulation

The following article was submitted by Sam Marquit, a green contractor (see more below).

People in the construction industry get to see a lot. They see engineering put to work and art in design. Over the past few decades, they have also been seeing green building materials and techniques. As a contractor, I know what . . . → Read More: Green Companies Deserve Admiration and Emulation

Maine legislature considering controversial bill

The following message is from the Maine chapter of the Sierra Club:

A sweeping and problematic state energy bill is heading for a vote before the full legislature, possibly as soon as next week.

Sierra Club Maine believes that the bill — while containing some positive elements promoting energy efficiency — should be rejected because . . . → Read More: Maine legislature considering controversial bill

6 Creative Ways to Go Green in College

The following article was contributed (via Socialmonsters.org) by Maria Delgado, a film student and a freelance writer living in New Mexico.

As a college student, you’re aware of the harsh environmental impact of the typical American lifestyle. Maybe you wish that you could live in a way that was more eco-friendly. Fortunately, there are many . . . → Read More: 6 Creative Ways to Go Green in College

True wealth

“It seems that only when financial ruin threatens, personal comfort is affected and an individual’s standard of living is lowered do we act to deal with problems that may have been visible for ages. If we do not realize that a nation is only as rich as its soil and water resources, the future . . . → Read More: True wealth

Town of Eliot installing solar array

A proposal for a municipal solar project in Eliot is moving forward after getting the approval of the town’s attorney. The project is being financed through a relatively new process called a power purchase agreement. From Seacoastonline.com:

The proposal calls for the installation of a panel array featuring photovoltaic cells that would convert solar energy . . . → Read More: Town of Eliot installing solar array

New state incentives target multi-family building energy improvements

From Mainebiz:

A state incentive program launched in August is enticing owners of mid-size multi-family buildings to reduce their energy costs by at least 20%.

The new Efficiency Maine program opens up retrofit incentives to multi-family buildings with five to 20 units — a category of housing that previously did not qualify for incentives.

To . . . → Read More: New state incentives target multi-family building energy improvements

Eco-friendly cars kinder to some cities

The following graphic summarizes the story of electric vehicles (EVs) and their true contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases. It makes the point that since an electric car requires charging through the local electric grid, the source of that electricity greatly influences the overall carbon footprint of driving. However, a report from the Union . . . → Read More: Eco-friendly cars kinder to some cities

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