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By carolyn goldthwaite | Mon, August 4, 2014
Greater Energy Savings through Building Energy Performance Policy, a new report by the Department of Energy’s State & Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) provides recommendations for state and local governments to design policies and programs to achieve measurable improvements in efficiency outcomes in commercial buildings. The vision for the document is a future where…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Tue, May 20, 2014
Claiborne Pell Elementary School, Newport RI “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Along with being a trite yearbook quote, this phrase also describes the impetus behind NEEP’s workshop on the path to zero net energy buildings — buildings that generate as much energy as they consume annually. While we currently have the technology and knowledge to design and build these hyper-…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Tue, February 18, 2014
Multi-family Housing Residential Multi-family properties represent not only a significant share of the housing stock in NEEP’s region, but a significant opportunity to capture energy efficiency savings through cost-effective retrofit measures. The white paper entitled  “Increasing Energy Efficiency in Small Multifamily Properties in the Northeast: Recommendations for Policy Action”  includes…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Mon, February 17, 2014
Darren Port, Energy Codes Manager  NEEP is pleased to welcome Darren Port, Energy Codes Manager, who joined the staff in January. Prior to joining NEEP, Darren worked as the Green Building Administrator for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards, where he provided technical assistance, analysis and policy recommendations related to green/high…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Tue, January 21, 2014
When you think back to your days spent in school what do you remember? Was it a favorite teacher? The countless trips to the vending machine between classes? A visceral rush of excitement after your crush unexpectedly sat next to you in biology?  I recently asked a colleague to recount her high school experience and received a surprising answer in return. “My school was like a prison!” Not…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Fri, September 13, 2013
NEEP’s Buildings Team is pleased to announce the release of the “Regional Operations & Maintenance Guide for High Performance Schools and Public Buildings in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: Strategies for creating green, healthy & energy efficient existing buildings in your state or local government.” Navigate to the report, on NEEP.org, by opening the cover below.…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Mon, August 12, 2013
Back to school? Yes please! I want to go back to school. Really I do. I’m not talking about masters' degrees or professional development courses. I want to go back to middle or high school. Fried lunches are being replaced with fresh vegetables! I never thought this would be something that would come out of my mouth.  Not that school was bad – it’s more that I have had enough algebra to…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Wed, April 3, 2013
Testifying in front of the Boston City Hall Council is a lot like speed dating - at least from what I know of speed dating.  I've never had the occasion or desire to try speed dating, but after appearing before the Council recently, I think I now have a good idea of what it might be like. Last week I submitted written testimony and on Thursday had the opportunity - one entire minute - to stand…

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