Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Sustainable Georgia: Gaining Some Green

Today, 678 clean energy firms provide 19,633 full-time jobs in the Peach State – almost the same as the number of active physicians working here. The industry generates more than $2.9 billion in annual gross revenue and includes building efficiency, renewable energy, geothermal, smart grid, energy storage, fuel cell and alternative vehicle fuel sectors.

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Georgia is well positioned to achieve its 2030 goal

On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants that will hopefully satisfy the concerns of most industries, advocates and state-level regulators. The Plan acknowledges that states have to generate the electricity they need and therefore sets goals for each state to reduce its pollution-to-power ratio by the year 2030. Georgia’s goal is 834 pounds of CO2 emissions per megawatt-hour of electricity generated, a 44 percent drop from our 2012 ratio.

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Meet a Southfacer: Jenna Grygier

Jenna Grygier, Residential Green Building Services project manager

As a RESNET Quality Assurance Designee (QAD), Jenna manages the Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) providership and serves as a mentor and technical advisor for new and existing independent HERS and Southface staff. She is involved with overseeing the ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense programs and ensuring that all third-party quality assurance responsibilities are performed and reported. Jenna also provides training support for a variety of Southface trainings such as HERS and ENERGY STAR, and offers technical support to the residential and commercial teams in general.

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Meet a Southfacer: Maria Quiñones

Maria conducts energy and water assessments for commercial facilities. She provides technical assistance to the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge program for large commercial facilities that have publicly pledged to reduce energy and water use by 20% by 2020. Maria also works with the Grants to Green program for metro Atlanta nonprofits by identifying energy and water conservation projects and providing technical support for implementing resource-saving strategies.

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Spray foam helps light commercial projects achieve multiple goals

The installation of continuous thermal barriers and air barriers along the building envelope are two high-impact strategies for energy efficiency. Spray foam insulation (SPF) is an exciting option for commercial buildings due to the combined benefits of air sealing and insulation in a single product, complete filling of cavities, relative ease of installation and superior noise reduction.

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