Alternative Energy and Green Building Resources in Magic Valley Region

 Energy Best Management Practices

   
Articles on Energy Best Management Practices
pdf Managing Manure with Biogas Recovery Systems BMPs
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Improved performance at competitive costs is promised by this 2002 EPA publication all about anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery for energy.

Best Management Practices for Solar and Wind Energy Development: A Conservationist’s Guide
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Best Management Practices provide science-based criteria and standards that land managers and conservation planners follow in making and implementing decisions about human uses and projects that affect our natural resources.

pdf Green Remediation Best Management Practices: Integrating Renewable Energy into Site Cleanup
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Use of renewable energy resources provides a significant opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of activities conducted during investigation, remediation, and monitoring of hazardous waste sites.

pdf 15 O & M Best Practices for Energy Efficient Buildings
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Building operation and maintenance programs specifically designed to enhance operating efficiency of HVAC and lighting systems can save 5 to 20 percent of the energy bills without significant capital investment.

pdf Saving Energy and Fertilizer Costs
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Use of renewable energy resources provides a significant opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of activities conducted during investigation, remediation, and monitoring of hazardous waste sites.

pdf 2012 Idaho Energy Plan
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The 2012 Idaho Energy Plan re-emphasizes the core objectives of the 2007 energy plan – to set the policy framework that will help enable a secure, reliable, affordable energy supply network while protecting public health and safety and enhancing economic competitiveness, and establish the process by which sound data and debate is regularly engaged to help Idaho stakeholders respond to energy challenges and opportunities.& ...

Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Landscaping
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Landscaping doesn't only add beauty to your home, but it can also improve your home's comfort and lower your energy bills.

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips
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Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the cool fall and winter months.

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Cooling
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You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Energy Audits
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A home energy audit helps you pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money. A home energy audit will also assess health and safety issues that might exist in your home.

pdf Tips: Your Home's Energy Use
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A home energy assessment (sometimes referred to as an energy audit) will show what parts of your house use the most energy and suggest the best ways to cut energy costs.

Anaerobic Digestion 101
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This is an article from the EPA site about anaerobic/biomass recovery systems.  Click here to read the information: 

pdf U.S. Farm Anaerobic Digester Status: A 2011 Snapshot
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This EPA factsheet gives information on trends in use of these manure management systems in the U.S.

pdf Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy
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A 293 page guide to the Legal Issues in Farming the Wind on your farm from June 2007

 Green Building

   
Articles on Green Building
What is green building?

By U.S. Green Building Council
How do buildings work with our natural surroundings to create a more sustainable place to live? Learn how LEED can help make our world greener for all.
 

The Business Case for Green Building

The WorldGBC launched its new report, "The Business Case for Green Building" in March 2013. Miles Keeping introduces the report and its findings at Ecobuild in London.

The Economics of Sustainable Energy
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The Sustainable Energy Sustainable Homes (SESH) presents the Economics of Sustainable Energy seminar. Amy Hawkins, Idaho Power Representative provides an overview of the utility's energy efficiency programs.

pdf Energy retrofits catch on in the Treasure Valley
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A pilot project is phasing in upgrades at a Downtown Boise office building. New lights and temperature control equipment are part of an overhaul of an iconic Garden City hotel.

pdf Green Building in the Pacific Northwest
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This report provides an understanding of why green building is important to our communities, a brief look at the emergence of green building standards, research evidence on the perceived pros and cons of green building, and original research on green building in the Pacifi c Northwest.

pdf Idaho’s Wood River Valley is Building Better Codes
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As a resident of Idaho’s Wood River Valley, which encompasses the cities of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley, I have been involved with and impressed by the commitment of several local jurisdictions that have adopted above-code ordinances.

Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Landscaping
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Landscaping doesn't only add beauty to your home, but it can also improve your home's comfort and lower your energy bills.

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Cooling
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You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Energy Audits
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A home energy audit helps you pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money. A home energy audit will also assess health and safety issues that might exist in your home.

Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)
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What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage? Energy efficient mortgages (EEMs, sometimes known as “green mortgages”) are loans that allow homeowners to finance energy-efficient upgrades for their current home or in a new home purchase.& ...

The five principles of green building
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Green buildings are designed, constructed, and operated to enhance the well-being of their occupants and support a healthy community and natural environment.

Green Building Organizations & Professionals
There are 33 resources serving Magic Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Green Building Organizations & Professionals serving Magic Valley Region
Architects
Bruce Poe, AIA, LEED AP
Modus Architecture Collaborative - Principal Architect - Boise, ID
LCA Architects
Steve Simmons, AIA LEED AP - President - Boise, ID
Michael G. Simmonds, AIA
ZGA Architects and Planners, Chartered - Principal - Boise, ID
Steven C. Turney, AIA
ZGA Architects and Planners, Chartered - Principal - Boise, ID
Certified Energy Auditors
3FFICIENT Energy
- San Luis Rey, CA
Art Carlson
Energy Rating Service - Engineer, Rater, Verifier - Hailey, ID
John Reuter Greenworks, LLC
- Ketchum, ID
Vital SPEC Inc.
Jolyon H. Sawrey - President - Hailey, ID
Energy Efficient Mortgage Lenders
Access National Mortgage
- Reston, VA
Department Of Veterans Affairs Regional Loan Center
- Lakewood, CO
Green Building Professionals
Altenergy Inc.
- Charlottesville, VA
Bruce Poe, AIA, LEED AP
Modus Architecture Collaborative - Principal Architect - Boise, ID
Euroshield Recycled Rubber Roofing Products
Global Environmental Manufacturing (G.E.M.) Inc. - Calgary, AB
Gem State Solar LLC
Michael Chadek - Boise, ID
Green Works Idaho
Bruce Poe - Board President - Boise, ID
Kevin Fogg
Fogg Electric, Inc. - Sagle, ID
LCA Architects
Steve Simmons, AIA LEED AP - President - Boise, ID
Michael G. Simmonds, AIA
ZGA Architects and Planners, Chartered - Principal - Boise, ID
Mike Leonard
Aurora Power and Design - President and CEO - Boise, ID
RadiantFoil, LLC
Art Carlson - Owner - Hailey, ID
Ro-Bar Technical Services, A Division of NWESI
Jerry Burstedt - Idaho Regional Manager - Boise, ID
Scott Kane
Creative Energies - Owner - Lander, WY
SolarCascade
David Brueggeman - Boise, ID
Stephen R. Witek P.E. LEED AP
SEED Inc. -Sustainable Environment Engineered Desing, Inc. - President - Incline Village, NV
Steve Burak
ABC Seamless Exteriors - Eagle, ID
Steven C. Turney, AIA
ZGA Architects and Planners, Chartered - Principal - Boise, ID
Sunergy World
Mark van Gulik - President/Founder - Boise, ID
US Green Building Council (USGBC) Idaho Chapter
Charlie Woodruff - Executive Director - Boise, ID
View Point Windows Inc.
- Boise, ID
Vital SPEC Inc.
Jolyon H. Sawrey - President - Hailey, ID
Green Point Raters / Energy Auditors
John Reuter Greenworks, LLC
- Ketchum, ID
Kevin Fogg
Fogg Electric, Inc. - Sagle, ID
Vital SPEC Inc.
Jolyon H. Sawrey - President - Hailey, ID

 Renewable - Alternative Energy

   
Articles on Renewable - Alternative Energy
Residential Solar Panel Systems Complete Renewable Energy Solutions for Your Home
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Solar panels are the stars of the residential solar system, gleaming on the rooftop as they tell the world, or at least the neighborhood, that this homeowner cares enough about the environment to ease the household’s carbon footprint while smartly lowering electric bills. & ...

Finding the Right Solar Panel Installer
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Finding the right contractor is possibly the single most important part of a solar installation project. Homeowners choosing to go solar often are excited to start the process.

pdf Why Renewable Energy?
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Clean energy sources like wind and solar can help us reduce climate change, but can harm wildlife and wildlands if not carefully located.

pdf Hydrogen Energy
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Hydrogen can store energy until it's needed and move it to where it's needed.

pdf Hydropower
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Moving water has energy.

pdf Biomass Energy
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Biomass is anything that is, or once was, alive. Biomass is wood, plants, and garbage.

pdf Geothermal Energy
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Geothermal energy is heat inside the Earth. Geothermal energy is renewable.

pdf Wind Energy
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Wind is moving air. There will be wind as long as the sun shines.

pdf Solar Energy
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Solar energy is light energy. Solar energy is renewable.

pdf Why Is Solar Energy?
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Every day, the sun radiates an enormous amount of energy - called solar energy. It radiates more energy in one day than the world uses in one year.

Home Solar Panels: Pros, Cons, and Hidden Costs
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Once limited to consumers with deep pockets and strong environmentalist values, solar panels are less expensive than ever.

pdf 2012 Idaho Energy Plan
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The 2012 Idaho Energy Plan re-emphasizes the core objectives of the 2007 energy plan – to set the policy framework that will help enable a secure, reliable, affordable energy supply network while protecting public health and safety and enhancing economic competitiveness, and establish the process by which sound data and debate is regularly engaged to help Idaho stakeholders respond to energy challenges and opportunities.& ...

NREL: Dynamic Maps, GIS Data and Analysis Tools - Visualization & Geospatial Tools

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Geospatial Data Science Team have developed tools that allow users to determine things such as how much electricity can be produced from solar systems on a house or what renewable resources are available in a specific area. The most current list of available NREL's GIS tools for biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, transportation and hydrogen can be accessed here.

Find Biodiesel In Your Area
National Biodiesel Board Member Plant Maps

This map represents the physical locations where our members plants are located. Contact our member plants for service areas or product availability.

BioDiesel Retail Location Finder

Biodiesel is a clean-burning replacement for petroleum diesel that can be used in virtually any diesel engine without modification. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of domestically available, renewable sources including vegetable oil, biomass (such as wood chips) and animal fats. It acts like diesel fuel, but produces fewer harmful emissions, is biodegradable and nontoxic, and is safer to use the diesel fuel.
Find a biodiesel retail location in your area »

pdf Barking Up the Wrong Tree? Forest Sustainability in the Wake of Emerging Bioenergy Policies
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Renewable energy policies generally have assumed that forests can provide a significant source of environmentally-friendly feedstocks for electricity, heat and power generation.

pdf A Landowner’s Guide to Carbon Sequestration Credits

This guide offers a path for local landowners to earn additional income while helping diminish adverse effects of global climate change through implementation of carbon sequestration and other stackable incentives.

Renewable - Alternative Energy Organizations & Professionals
There are 62 resources serving Magic Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Renewable - Alternative Energy Organizations & Professionals serving Magic Valley Region
Alternative Energy
3FFICIENT Energy
- San Luis Rey, CA
Alpine Group
- Twin Falls, ID
Altenergy Inc.
- Charlottesville, VA
AMERESCO Solar
- Framingham, MA
American Resource & Energy
- Saint Paul, MN
American Solar Energy Society
- Boulder, CO
Backwoods Solar Electric Systems
- Sandpoint, ID
Boise Power & Light LLC
Steve Meredith - Meridian, ID
Cianbro
- Pittsfield, ME
Dasolar
Douglas ArrisonNV
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
DISGEN Development Services, LLC
Dale Osborn - President - Lakewood, CO
ElectraTherm
- Reno, NV
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
FDC Enterprises Grasslands Services
- New Albany, OH
First Wind
- Boston, MA
Fords MTM - Bitterroot Solar
Francis - Salmon, ID
Forest Resources Association Inc. - Western Region
Vickie Hoffart - FRA Region Manager - Kennewick, WA
FutureMetrics
- Bethel, ME
Heatek Energy LLC
Evan Jones - Engineer - Auburn, ME
Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources
John Chatburn - Administrator - Boise, ID
Idaho Office of Energy Resources
Matt Wiggs - Boise, ID
Idaho Windpower Co.
Thomas Lowther - Twin Falls, ID
LetsGoSolar.com
Laura Brigham - Editor - San Francisco, CA
Marsh Creek Energy Systems
Gina Heath - Office/Marketing Manager - Anchorage, AK
Mike Leonard
Aurora Power and Design - President and CEO - Boise, ID
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
- Butte, MT
Pika Energy
- Westbrook, ME
Renewable Energy Resources
Clint Richins - General/Project Manager & Sales - Mountain Home, ID
Sewco N.W.
Dave Johnson - Nawpa, ID
Smart Solar
- Libertyville, IL
Smithland Construction
Steve Smith - Swanlake, ID
Solar Panels Plus
- Chesapeake, VA
Southwall Technologies Window Films
Jill Clardy - Director, Sales Operations & Customer Service - Chicago, IL
Sustainable Strategies
- Saint Charles, IL
The Solar Store
Justin McLane - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Westervelt Renewable Energy
- Tuscaloosa, AL
Wind Energy Development
Darrel Thomas - Idaho Falls, ID
Windpower Unlimited
John Rosenkrance - Twin Falls, ID
ZeroBase Energy, LLC
- Ferndale, MI
Energy Assistance Programs
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
Idaho Office of Energy Resources
Matt Wiggs - Boise, ID
Energy Saving / Green Products
Altenergy Inc.
- Charlottesville, VA
Art Carlson
Energy Rating Service - Engineer, Rater, Verifier - Hailey, ID
Carl Simpson
Renewal Energy NW, LLc - President - Star, IN
Euroshield Recycled Rubber Roofing Products
Global Environmental Manufacturing (G.E.M.) Inc. - Calgary, AB
Gem State Solar LLC
Michael Chadek - Boise, ID
Kevin Fogg
Fogg Electric, Inc. - Sagle, ID
Luke Moher
Idaho Eco Power, LLC - Owner - Boise, ID
Natures Hardware LLC
- Beaverton, OR
RadiantFoil, LLC
Art Carlson - Owner - Hailey, ID
Ro-Bar Technical Services, A Division of NWESI
Jerry Burstedt - Idaho Regional Manager - Boise, ID
Scott Kane
Creative Energies - Owner - Lander, WY
SolarCascade
David Brueggeman - Boise, ID
Steve Burak
ABC Seamless Exteriors - Eagle, ID
Sunergy World
Mark van Gulik - President/Founder - Boise, ID
Sustainable Innovations
John Bernardo - Boise, ID
View Point Windows Inc.
- Boise, ID
State Energy Assistance Programs
Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources
John Chatburn - Administrator - Boise, ID
Waste Management Specialists
BigBelly Solar Compacting Trash Receptacle
- Newton, MA
Cascade Earth Sciences
- Pocatello, ID
EarthCare Technologies Inc.
Phil Fredericks - Owner - West Fork, AR
 

 Local News Stories about Alternative Energy and Green Building Resources

Local Green Building News Items
30 Years of Growth in the Treasure Valley
7/11/2017 3:07:27 PM
Construction cranes and lane closures everywhere you look- it’s hard not to notice the growth and development occurring across the valley these days. Like it or not our population here in southwestern Idaho is expanding rapidly. But how did we get to this point? Dr. Todd Shallat, tenured professor of Urban Studies and Community Development […]