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GHG Emissions  -  January 24, 2024 - By Amy Boyce, Marla Thalheimer, and Marshall Duer-Balkind, IMT

A Federal Definition of Net Zero Emissions Buildings

Real estate actors, certifiers, advocates, and policymakers are increasingly using the term “net zero emissions building.” But, what precisely makes a building net zero emissions? As the U.S. Department of Energy looks for input, this column from IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) explores what you need to know about the proposed definition - and what is missing.

January 19, 2024 - By Matt Howard and Stacy Vogel Davis, The Water Council

Net Zero for Water? It’s More Complicated Than That

As net zero emissions becomes the standard for sustainability-minded corporations worldwide, this carbon mindset is being misapplied to water as we hear more and more about “net zero water.” In this column from The Water Council, learn why organizations need to apply a true water stewardship approach.

Energy Efficiency  -  January 5, 2024 - By Better Buildings Beat Team

Four Higher Education Partners Achieve Better Buildings Challenge Goal

Congratulations to 2023 Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers Allegheny College, Community College of Allegheny County, Morehouse College, and University of Virginia on achieving their portfolio-wide energy savings goals. These four partners manage a combined portfolio of more than 19 million square feet and serve over 42,000 students. Learn more about the measures that these institutions took to achieve their goals in this column.  

GHG Emissions  -  December 8, 2023 - By Giulianna Di Lauro, IMT

Unintended Consequences & Potential Solutions of Building Decarbonization: Part 2

Part 1 of IMT's "Unintended Consequences & Potential Solutions of Building Decarbonization" uncovered the effects of these efforts on community-based organizations and local governments. In Part 2 of this series, Giulianna Di Lauro explores potential solutions to these unintended harms. Spoiler alert: community leadership is the key!

GHG Emissions  -  December 6, 2023

Evaluating Carbon Offsets

Not all carbon offsets are created equal, and we need to evaluate them for credibility. Some ways to describe the value that high-quality offsets bring include additionality, permanence, and risk of leakage. In this blog, NRG dives further into how offset projects are evaluated as a credible tool in a company’s ongoing efforts to reduce, avoid, and offset greenhouse gas emissions.

GHG Emissions  -  December 4, 2023

Understanding Carbon Offsets

Climate change has become increasingly front of mind, with many organizations looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and limit their impact on the environment. This blog from NRG explores one "tool in the toolkit" - the purchase and use of carbon offsets, which allow organizations to offset their greenhouse gas emissions by supporting a variety of sustainable projects.

Regulation  -  November 3, 2023 - By Cliff Majersik, IMT

With New Law, California Moves Towards Statewide Building Performance Standard

In a big step to bring significant resources to development of a statewide building performance standard (BPS) proposal, Gov. Newsom signed Senate Bill 48, the Building Energy Savings Act (SB 48), on October 7. In this column from IMT, dive into what's included in the law and how its approach to BPS could serve as a national model for building decarbonization and grid reliability.

November 1, 2023 - By Abby Johnson

Developing an Innovative Clean Energy Financing Tool

As we look forward to the 2024 WISE Awards, let's look back at a conversation with Abby Johnson, Executive Director and Founder of Virginia PACE Authority and winner of a 2023 WISE Award. Abby discusses how public-private partnerships enable a unique type of financing for clean energy projects.

Finance  -  October 30, 2023 - By NRG Editorial Voices

Building a Resilient Renewable Energy Strategy in a Shifting Policy Landscape

NRG’s latest blog highlights the evolving renewable energy landscape. Learn more about how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is reshaping opportunities for businesses. You will explore tax credits, sustainability strategies, and more. Stay informed to take advantage of new opportunities!

October 16, 2023 - By Giulianna Di Lauro, IMT

Unintended Consequences & Potential Solutions of Building Decarbonization: Part 1

According to IMT, as society embraces the transformative journey to combat climate change through electrification and decarbonization of buildings, it is crucial to acknowledge the potential unintended consequences of such endeavors — particularly for frontline communities and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). 
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