For more than five years, a large grocery store stood abandoned, leaving a disheartening void at one of the busiest intersections in Elkin, N.C. Now it marks the site of the Elkin Center -- a new energy-efficient space that will host trainings for students and business professionals alike.
The Parks and Recreation Department of North Lauderdale, Fla., is saving money and reducing its carbon footprint, thanks to the recent addition of two energy efficient “Smart Cars” to the city’s fleet.
Wallie Shaw remembers where he got the idea to do a hands-on solar panel project for his Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students, a school-to-work transition program focused on helping at-risk youth graduate from high school.
After Eco Technologies, Inc., received a contract to install solar panels at Hillsborough County, Fla.'s judicial center, company president Andrew Tanner realized a larger staff was needed to complete the project. So Tanner hired 11 additional crew members and trained them in basic solar-panel installation. The new crew members have been working at the judicial center since early July to install a196 kW photovoltaic solar energy system that is projected to generate 40 percent of the building's power and save Hillsborough County $60,000 on annual electricity costs.
Autumn Salamack's career moved in a welcome new direction when she became the resource conservation manager for Kitsap County, Washington, in April. A $2.2 million Energy Department grant funded her position and numerous county energy conservation projects.
City officials in Glendale, Ariz. had a problem. Citizens were constantly asking them for information on how to reduce home energy consumption, but they did not have a staff member to answer the questions. That changed in June 2009, when the city hired Nancy Schwab to be the official energy education specialist.
It's easy to measure the effects of a lighting retrofit project in a city like Altoona, Pa., where 169 new LED units are expected to save $4,078 in energy costs annually. But there are also other benefits to such energy efficiency initiatives, which can be seen in the local companies that make the projects possible...