If you have gone through a LEED O+M certification or recertification, you probably know that reducing lighting energy usage is a top goal. Proper daylighting during initial building design helps, as well as occupancy sensors for a building of any age. New York State is not only reducing the state buildings' energy consumption, but the new policy is also having anyother positive impact: helping migrating birds stay oriented using nighttime stars. Bright outdoor building light
At Ampajen, we love garbage: we love to analyze (aka audit) waste streams. Check out some of our photos below from a recent waste audit! In the end, our goal is to help building occupants make smarter decisions about reducing what goes into landfill. e-Waste is a challenging issue not only for businesses but for homes. The U.S. leads the world in e-waste --- ahead of China and double that of third place Japan. The biggest issue isn't motivation: people want to do the right
The City of Denver recycles only 14% of its waste -- well below the rate of other major American cities. What if Denver could divert waste so homes could be heated by waste? The Swedes have seemingly perfected the "waste to energy" with what they call district heating plants which are essentially large ovens that burn trash to heat homes. Read the full article here.
Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order for Californians to reduce their water consumption by 25%. This isn't a surprise considering California is in year three of a severe drought. The drought has implications for the rest of the United States with farm land that is now fallow; fruit and vegetable prices are certain to rise. Many Western States are currently in some level of drought, including Colorado. We could take a proactive approach to reducing our water con