The ever-confident Rachel Maddow of MSNBC was shown standing before the Hoover Dam and asking why America seems to have run out of Big Ideas. She is right (see below). And also realize that the Hoover Dam was poured with more than 30% coal fly-ash concrete!
We slog along almost everywhere in the Mideast with gas prices rising - and our energy problem continuing to be unaddressed. How about Nuclear? Would you move to Tokyo? How about near Indian Point? Let me share a pretty "dam" simple big idea. For starters it would be a "no-brainer" to:
Replace all existing T-12 or worse commercial building fluorescent lamps with T-8s or T-5s.
Replace all single-glazing in cold climates with low-e windows that could reduce heat loss by two-thirds or more.
Have an understandable and easy to access "green power" program devoid of paperwork and reproof of concept.
Totally phase-out use of filthy (but cheaper) #4 and #6 fuel oil.
Require all new boilers and furnaces above a certain size to be fully condensing and over 90% efficient.
Too expensive you say? Compared to what? To maintaining armies halfway around the world, and paying $80 or more to fill up a tank. And much more daunting so much American and foreign blood.
Not enough savings? Why not try such a program and see rather than just "study it" expensively. Thanks Rach!
The LEED Green Associates Workshop at Ramapo College on April 27th went very well and was very satisfying. Fifteen students attended "free" along with four paying professionals.
SDC would welcome the opportunity to present more free or low-cost LEED Green Associate Preparation workshops for university/college groups who are able to organize them properly.
Now that this workshop has ben "launched", we are contemplating doing 3-hour workshops in our office, your office, or elsewhere in the area for appropriate fees. Let us know if potentially interested and your preferences for venue/day/time.