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Energy Retrofitting: Will Green Roofing Finally Catch on in the U.S.?

Posted by Jess Johnson on Mar 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The energy retrofit industry is rapidly expanding. Environmental awareness has created a shift in the public's priorities and commercial property owners are retrofitting buildings to be more energy efficient. Regardless of whether property owners retrofit their buildings for cost-savings or environmental reasons, the benefits are abundant. If the United States keeps on pace with how quickly the industry has been growing, we will be just a step closer to a cleaner earth.

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Topics: Energy and Resources

Anything but Small - The Big Benefits of Micronutrients

Posted by Jess Johnson on Mar 17, 2016 9:10:18 AM

Most people understand the importance of mineral nutrients for plant health. Essential nutrients, like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are integral to a plant's growth and survival. Macronutrients like these and others are regulated using fertilizer and soil care and are a major component of plant husbandry. Over the past few decades, however, scientists have found that there are other minerals that work "behind the scenes." They're called micronutrients, and they're just as important as their more popular counterparts.

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Topics: Food and Beverage

Turning Garbage into Gold: Emerging Trends in the WtE Market

Posted by Jess Johnson on Mar 16, 2016 8:54:15 AM

When you throw something out, where does it go? Likely, you forget about your trash the moment you bring the garbage cans out to the street. That's not the end of your trash's journey, though. The human race is generating garbage at an alarming rate, and the world's landfills are overflowing. The United States alone produces roughly 220 million tons of waste each year, and approximately 55% of that waste ends up in landfills. As that waste decomposes, it produces methane, which is 25 times more dangerous to the atmosphere than CO2. Thankfully, there's hope for a solution, and it stems from something we've already been doing for hundreds of years: converting our waste to energy.

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Topics: Energy and Resources

Is Concentrated Solar Power the Answer to Global Energy Needs?

Posted by Jess Johnson on Mar 9, 2016 8:57:57 AM

The solar thermal market has been somewhat under the radar for more than thirty years. After an initial boom in the 1970s, when solar thermal technologies became a potential solution to the energy crisis, the industry nearly collapsed in 1986. Since then, the solar thermal market has been slowly inching its way back into the spotlight. It seems that within the next five years, it may finally see the explosive growth it deserves.

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Topics: Energy and Resources