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January 18, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • Seattle "living building" sports green roof, solar array
    The 50,000-square-foot Bullitt Center in Seattle will showcase its features that meet the Living Building Challenge standards on Earth Day, April 22. Dubbed the "world's greenest building," the facility sports a green roof, along with cisterns that will manage stormwater runoff at the site. The six-story building also has a solar array as its source of energy, and architectural features that make its interior healthier for its occupants. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Creating Accountability 
  • Electronics firms focus on eco-friendly gadgets
    Electronics giants such as LG and Samsung are pouring resources into developing greener and more energy-efficient gadgets, industry watchers say. Officials say they are giving consumers what they want and are committed to developing eco-friendly electronics. "But I'll be the first to admit that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and we still have a long way to go," says LG technology chief Skott Ahn. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Automakers use green marketing to sell more SUVs
    America's automakers are increasingly bragging about the fuel efficiency of their SUVs and trucks in a nod to consumers' environmental concerns and government scrutiny. "They know everybody's watching. ... So if they don't give lip service to the fact that fuel efficiency is important, even at the level of a new Corvette or Escalade, they're open to criticism," says John O'Dell of Bloomberg (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • Innovation helps home-automation firm thrive
    Business is booming for home-automation company Vivint, says strategy and innovation chief Matt Eyring. That's because the firm has focused on delivering smart, energy-saving features at reasonable prices. "It's a classic case of disruptive innovation. ... Vivint has really hit that sweet spot with a business model that allows affordability," Eyring says. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Pew expects clean-energy investment to reach $1.9 trillion
    Global investment in clean-energy sources will reach $1.9 trillion between 2012 and 2018 as demand for power rises, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. More investment will be made in the sector if governments enact policies to promote low-carbon sources, says Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program. "Industry has said very clearly to us, 'What we need is we need to have certainty,' " Cuttino said. Bloomberg (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Renewables accounted for nearly 50% of new U.S. capacity in 2012
    Renewable energy accounted for 49.1% of all U.S. generating capacity brought online in 2012, according to data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects. "If there were still any lingering doubts about the ability of renewable energy technologies to come on-line quickly and in amounts sufficient to displace fossil fuels and nuclear power, the 2012 numbers have put those doubts to rest," said Ken Bossong, executive director of the nonprofit Sun Day Campaign. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.)/Gounded blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Stop rewarding your company's escape artists
    Bosses shouldn't reward workers for narrowly avoiding catastrophes, writes Jane Perdue. Getting that close to disaster in the first place is a sign of poor planning, Perdue explains. "Great CEOs achieve the right results by assuring that just the right amount of planning happens," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
People want intelligence in their homes."
--Matt Eyring, chief strategy and innovation officer at Vivint, as quoted at
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