The Stevens Institute of Technology wins the 2015 DOE Solar Decathlon with their "Sure House" providing a sustainable and resilient model home for costal communities.
The environment doesn’t care about politics.
That doesn’t mean politics doesn’t affect the environment. We know it does. And many Chattanoogans are troubled by the environmental policies the federal government is currently implementing and advocating.
Last September, EPB announced it would build a community solar project, the first of its kind in Chattanooga. This is great news for the future of renewable energy in our community. I know you have questions, so let’s see if I can answer some of them here.
Like many of you, I woke up the day after the presidential election with one thought on my mind: What’s going to happen to the progress we’ve made on the environment, and the progress we need to make?
Home energy costs: A question of justice
In 2014, green│spaces asked a question. Which Chattanooga-area homes use the most energy?
Was it the 5-bedroom luxury homes, with their appliances, computer equipment, cathedral-ceilinged great rooms, and lit-up landscaping?
The answer: Nope. Not at all.
The homes using more energy turned out to be the smaller, older homes in East Chattanooga, Highland Park, and East Lake. At lot more. Forty-three percent more per square foot than the Chattanooga average.
Which is a problem.
With the continuation of Empower Chattanooga and the Georgetown University Energy Prize with free bilingual DVDs distributed in our target neighborhoods, more regular education and a Green Schools Summit, more businesses receiving green|light certification, the development of our first net-zero energy and healthy NextGen Home, the extension of key tax credits for renewable energy, EPB's PEER Certification, upcoming announcements from the City of Chattanooga and other partners, and a new version of LEED, it is shaping up to be an incredible 2016 for sustainability in Chattanooga!