Alternative Energy and Green Building Resources in Southwest Region

 Energy Best Management Practices

   
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This site offers advice on how to save money by saving energy. Learn proven tips that cost nothing to implement and require very little lifestyle change that have the potential of cutting your electric bill significantly. For the more energy conscious homeowner, there are discussions on more advanced topics like residential wind power, home solar energy, and low energy lighting. Be green and save green! Click here.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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: 

 

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.

 

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

   
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Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Show Green Building Organizations & Professionals (42)
There are 42 resources serving Southwest Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Green Building Organizations & Professionals serving Southwest 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
Building Energy Incorporated
Ingo Stroup - President - Star, ID
OnPoint, LLC
Tad Duby - Principal - Boise, ID
Oxbow Home Inspections and Radon Testing, LLC
Troy Farmer - Owner/Inspector - Eagle, ID
Energy Efficient Mortgage Lenders
Access National Mortgage
- Reston, VA
Department Of Veterans Affairs Regional Loan Center
- Lakewood, CO
Eagle Home Mortgage LLC
- Eagle, ID
Guild Mortgage Company
- Boise, ID
Idaho Independent Bank
- Boise, ID
Green Building Professionals
Altenergy Inc.
- Charlottesville, VA
Bruce Poe, AIA, LEED AP
Modus Architecture Collaborative - Principal Architect - Boise, ID
Dennis Fix
Far West Landscape and Garden Center - Owner and Landscape Designer - 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 Remodeling
Josh Bogle - 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
North End Organic Nursery
- Garden City, ID
OnPoint, LLC
Tad Duby - Principal - Boise, ID
RadiantFoil, LLC
Art Carlson - Owner - Hailey, ID
Renewable Energy Resources
Clint Richins - General/Project Manager & Sales - Boise, ID
Ro-Bar Technical Services, A Division of NWESI
Jerry Burstedt - Idaho Regional Manager - Boise, ID
Sarah Cunningham
Ethos Design and Remodel - Boise, ID
Scott Flynn
Flynner Building Company - 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
US Green Building Council (USGBC) Idaho Chapter
Charlie Woodruff - Executive Director - Boise, ID
View Point Windows Inc.
- Boise, ID
Green Point Raters / Energy Auditors
Building Energy Incorporated
Ingo Stroup - President - Star, ID
Energy Doctor NW, Inc.
- Meridian, ID
Kevin Fogg
Fogg Electric, Inc. - Sagle, ID
Oxbow Home Inspections and Radon Testing, LLC
Troy Farmer - Owner/Inspector - Eagle, ID

 Renewable - Alternative Energy

   
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Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database

 

Cut Electricity Costs

This site offers advice on how to save money by saving energy. Learn proven tips that cost nothing to implement and require very little lifestyle change that have the potential of cutting your electric bill significantly. For the more energy conscious homeowner, there are discussions on more advanced topics like residential wind power, home solar energy, and low energy lighting. Be green and save green! Click here.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Hydropower
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Moving water has energy.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 »

 

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.

 

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.

 

Show Renewable - Alternative Energy Organizations & Professionals (72)
There are 72 resources serving Southwest Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Renewable - Alternative Energy Organizations & Professionals serving Southwest 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
Carl Simpson
Renewal Energy NW, LLc - President - Star, IN
Dennis Fix
Far West Landscape and Garden Center - Owner and Landscape Designer - Boise, ID
Energy Doctor NW, Inc.
- Meridian, ID
Euroshield Recycled Rubber Roofing Products
Global Environmental Manufacturing (G.E.M.) Inc. - Calgary, AB
Fresh Air Lawn Care
Dustin Harrison - Owner - Boise, ID
Gem State Solar LLC
Michael Chadek - Boise, ID
Green Remodeling
Josh Bogle - Boise, ID
Heating Equipment Company
Stanley Johnson - Caldwell, ID
Kevin Fogg
Fogg Electric, Inc. - Sagle, ID
Luke Fletcher
EcoSolar - Owner - Boise, ID
Luke Moher
Idaho Eco Power, LLC - Owner - Boise, ID
Natures Hardware LLC
- Beaverton, OR
OnPoint, LLC
Tad Duby - Principal - Boise, ID
Pat Minniger
A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning - Owner - Meridian, ID
RadiantFoil, LLC
Art Carlson - Owner - Hailey, ID
Renewable Energy Resources
Clint Richins - General/Project Manager & Sales - Boise, ID
Ro-Bar Technical Services, A Division of NWESI
Jerry Burstedt - Idaho Regional Manager - Boise, ID
Sarah Cunningham
Ethos Design and Remodel - Boise, ID
Scott Flynn
Flynner Building Company - Boise, ID
Scott Kane
Creative Energies - Owner - Lander, WY
Second Chance Building Material Center
Melanie Curtis - Executive Director - Boise, ID
SolarCascade
David Brueggeman - Boise, ID
Steve Burak
ABC Seamless Exteriors - Eagle, 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
Idaho Walk Bike Summit
5/8/2018 1:13:50 PM
Tune in for today’s conversation with Cynthia Gibson and Bob Anthony from the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. Building a Greener Idaho contributor Austin Hopkins speaks with Cynthia and Bob about the work they do around the state to help create safe routes to school, bring more funding to walking and biking infrastructure, and bringing their […]

Air Quality and Transportation with Austin Hopkins
4/3/2018 4:08:33 PM
Today I speak with Austin Hopkins from the Idaho Conservation League about his work on air quality and transportation in the Treasure Valley and the rest of Idaho. As the fastest growing state in the nation, now is the time to increase the level of dialogue around growth, density, transportation infrastructure, and the potential impacts […]

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Green Building News Items
Timber is Oregon's biggest carbon polluter - High Country News
6/19/2018 1:04:53 PM
High Country News Timber is Oregon's biggest carbon polluter High Country News While Oregon forests absorb a lot of carbon, the team of Oregon State University and University of Idaho researchers found that the wood products industry is the largest sector contributing to carbon pollution in the state and “that in a relative sense ...

How are we handling climate change? - BYU-I Scroll
6/12/2018 2:54:36 PM
BYU-I Scroll How are we handling climate change? BYU-I Scroll Evan Hansen, a professor of physics at BYU- Idaho , said he believes people should learn more about climate change. “I think as a general population, ... It practices recycling, water conservation, green building designs and more. “Climate change is ...

P&Z likes new LL Green's building - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
4/20/2018 3:37:58 PM
P&Z likes new LL Green's building Idaho Mountain Express and Guide The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission began a design-review hearing Monday that appears headed toward approval of a new 17,549-square-foot commercial building for L.L. Green's Hardware. The building would include office space, retail and ...

5 facts about geothermal energy - Proud Green Building (press release) (blog)
2/15/2018 12:03:23 AM
Proud Green Building (press release) (blog) 5 facts about geothermal energy Proud Green Building (press release) (blog) Today, the U.S. leads the world in geothermal power generation, providing more than 3.7 GW to the national grid. In fact, the first modern geothermal district heating plant was developed in 1892 in Boise, Idaho . DOE supports direct-use efforts ...

Want to live in a shipping container? This new Boise company is making container homes - Idaho Statesman
1/30/2018 1:24:19 AM
Idaho Statesman Want to live in a shipping container? This new Boise company is making container homes Idaho Statesman The study found 9,500 housing units were needed during the following decade to maintain current housing conditions. Flynn, a Boise native who also builds custom, high-end homes using green building concepts, said he was disturbed by the large number ...

Gorgeous staggered timber home offers panoramic views of Idaho's wilderness - Inhabitat
1/22/2018 8:50:04 AM
Gorgeous staggered timber home offers panoramic views of Idaho's wilderness Inhabitat This unique property in Idaho offers panoramic views of Clearwater River Canyon, and it's the perfect getaway for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. Built into a hillside overlooking the river, the Clearwater Canyon House has a stepped silhouette ...

This high school student is ready to follow Boise leaders into an efficient, resilient future - Idaho Statesman
1/9/2018 2:41:11 PM
Idaho Statesman This high school student is ready to follow Boise leaders into an efficient, resilient future Idaho Statesman A few weeks ago, I stood before Boise's City Council and mayor for the first time, to give a public comment and let them know I fully supported their effort to update building codes. As a senior at Boise High School, I was a little anxious about ...

Idaho's Limelight Hotel secures LEED Silver certification - Hotel Management Magazine
12/12/2017 11:43:59 AM
Hotel Management Magazine Idaho's Limelight Hotel secures LEED Silver certification Hotel Management Magazine The Limelight Hotel Ketchum, based in downtown Ketchum, Idaho , was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The property opened in December 2016 with 99 hotel rooms and 14 for-sale residences, three of which are ...

Idaho Cities Absent From Sierra Club List Of Communities Ready To Go Green - Boise State Public Radio
11/15/2017 9:53:46 AM
Boise State Public Radio Idaho Cities Absent From Sierra Club List Of Communities Ready To Go Green Boise State Public Radio Casey Mattoon is with the Idaho chapter, and says despite the Trump Administration's decision to leave the Paris Climate Treaty – all 10 of the cities on the list made pledges in 2017 to go 100 percent green. Although there aren't any Idaho cities on ...

Renewable - Alternative Energy News Items
Have Trailer-Will Move Biomass - Biomass Magazine
5/20/2009 9:44:59 AM
Biomass Magazine Have Trailer-Will Move Biomass Biomass Magazine The president of Advanced Trailer is working with the University of Idaho to evaluate the economic and environmental benefits of using his agricultural crop drying trailers to move biomass. .... "I started having a lot of discussions with the U.S ...