Author Archives: Amanda Gasse

energy storage

New York is Spurring the Deployment of Energy Storage

New York is Spurring the Deployment of Energy Storage

Samantha Leroy, ERS, for Zondits When establishing Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) in 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo set aggressive and exacting energy generation, usage, and efficiency targets for the Empire State. Targets set to be achieved by 2030 include a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the 1990s, 50% of electricity generated from renewable

offshore wind

Europe’s New Record: 20% of Energy from Offshore Wind

Elana Cole, ERS, for Zondits On September 14, 2017, 19.8% of European electricity demand was met by wind power. A new record was later reported that day, setting the mark for the largest amount of offshore wind energy generated across the continent. Over the course of one day, onshore wind consistently produced 1,360 GWh of

ZNE

ZNE Market Barriers for K—14 Decision Makers in California

This study investigates decision-making patterns and funding practices, as well as the feasibility of implementing Zero Net Energy (ZNE) in kindergarten through twelfth grade schools (K-12) and community colleges (collectively referred to as “K-14”). While California has seen several notable verified ZNE schools constructed recently, no schools have yet been retrofit to meet this standard;

The Cannabis Conservancy

A Zondits Interview: The Cannabis Conservancy

Zondits analyst, Todd Winner, sat down with Brittny Anderson, Director of Operations at The Cannabis Conservancy (TCC) to learn more about the organization and their sustainability certification process. Can you explain briefly what the Cannabis Conservancy does? What is your goal? The Cannabis Conservancy (TCC) provides sustainability certification to cannabis organizations that adhere to good agricultural practices, are free

Hershey Company

Hershey Sweetens Its Corporate Sustainability Efforts with “25 by 25” Plan

Lisa Markowski for Zondits Although those “fun size” wrappers seem like inefficient packaging, The Hershey Company has earned a pass this Halloween in light of its ambitious plan to strengthen an already impressive culture of environmental consciousness. In 2016 the chocolate giant announced its 25 by 25 corporate sustainability campaign, in which it aims to eliminate

phantom plug loads

Target Phantom Plug Loads, Not Phantom Savings

Max Ma, ERS, for Zondits Plug loads are any electrical devices or appliances that draw power from an electrical wall outlet, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers, vending machines, coffee machines, and many others. When plug loads draw power for an extended period in an idle mode, the idle power use is referred to as phantom

marin-county AASHE

University of New Hampshire Earns AASHE’s Top Sustainability Ranking

Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has bolstered its long-standing reputation as a sustainability leader by earning the highest possible rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE was founded in 2005 to foster global sustainability within higher education institutions, leading to an “ecologically

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