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How Green Is Your Car?

Posted on May 04,2015 by ScottG in car

Consumer Reports magazine is well known for its quality and resale rankings of cars and trucks. Now, there's a website where you can look up the green performance of a vehicle you're interested in. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) launched a website called GreenerCars.org on February 5. The website launch was coordinated with the publication of the ACEEE's newest list of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the road.

On the Benefits of Online Learning

Posted on May 04,2015 by AlexWilson in automobile

Truth be told, I was slow warming up to online instruction. Ten years ago, in early 2004, BuildingGreen was approached by Boston Architectural College (then Boston Architectural Center — but with the same acronym, BAC) about collaborating on sustainable design curriculum. There is so much value in face-to-face instruction and student interaction, I thought, how could online instruction take its place?

Do Cars Perform Better Than Houses?

Posted on May 04,2015 by user-756436 in car

Houses last much longer than cars. While the average car might last about 13 years, a house can easily last for 100 or 200 years.

To Save Transportation Energy, Change Behavior

Posted on May 04,2015 by AlexWilson in car

Before the holidays I wrote a blog on how to save energy in the home by changing our behavior. This week we’ll take a look at some of the ways that we can save energy by changing our driving behavior. Below are some simple measures — most cost nothing and some even save money — to reduce your energy use for transportation.

Location Efficiency Trumps Home Energy Efficiency

Posted on May 04,2015 by ab3 in car

My last article here at Green Building Advisor was about my perception that the USGBC is out of touch. Apparently, quite a few others feel similarly, including many who work in the program.

Getting Around Without Fossil Fuels

Posted on May 04,2015 by AlexWilson in automobile

Last week I laid out some arguments on why we should wean ourselves from fossil fuels, and offered some suggestions of how we could go about doing that in our homes — by superinsulating, switching to oil- and gas-free heating, and converting to renewable electricity. Those steps certainly aren’t easy or inexpensive, but there’s a pretty clear path for doing so.

Houses Versus Cars

Posted on May 04,2015 by user-756436 in automobile

You’re striving to minimize your carbon footprint, and your house is energy efficient. Through diligent conservation efforts, you’ve greatly reduced the amount of natural gas and electricity required to run your home. Bravo! But how does your residential energy budget compare to your transportation energy budget? You may be happy to brag about your low utility bills — but if you’re anything like me, you’re probably a little ashamed of your gasoline budget.

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