Common Priorities, Common Lessons
/ February 2, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Ever feel like you just witnessed the start of something magical? I got that sensation earlier this week when I attended an innovation summit organized as part of Illinois’ very first Better Buildings, Better Business (B4) conference.  Organized by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, B4 conferences target individuals involved in residential new construction and retrofit…

Counting the Benefits
/ January 13, 2012 0 COMMENTS

The American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just issued “Greening Work Styles: Analysis of Energy Behavior Programs in the Workplace,” a report that uses five case studies in the US and Canada to illustrate how employees can be inspired to reduce energy consumption at work. Obviously that’s a topic close to our hearts…

The BECC Evolution
/ December 15, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Early this month several Cool Choices staff participated in the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference.  This was the fifth annual BECC conference, which is organized collaboratively by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), University of California, and the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), Stanford…

Could Employees Be An Untapped Resource?
/ December 1, 2011 0 COMMENTS

It appears as if corporate environmental sustainability efforts are here to stay.  Not only are they here to stay, but corporate investment in energy efficiency is expected to increase in the next five years.  However, something seems to be missing from the equation.  What about the employees?  The financial payoff to corporations might be a motivating factor…

Forcing Change
/ October 20, 2011 0 COMMENTS

From Japan comes this true story about how one company is attempting to save energy in wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster:  Men have been asked to sport a short back-and-sides, slightly longer on the top, whereas women have been asked to keep a “cute” bob with a fringe that can be combed to one side….