Carbon Counselor Blog

  • Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box

    Changing cities one cube at a time, the e-QBO is a “functional and metaphorical installation.” It’s a giant cube that collects energy from renewable sources and then makes the energy available to the public. Depending on the venue, the cube can be anything from a simple source of lighting to ...

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  • Branson’s New Venture: Energy for the Caribbean

    Parlaying his star status, Richard Branson, of Virgin Records, Airways and Galactic fame, convened a three-day meeting of dignitaries from 13 Caribbean nations. Included were the Virgin Island, St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos and the Cayman Islands. Like most places in the Caribbean, Branson’s own Necker Island is ...

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  • Taming Hurricanes with Turbines

    New research is showing that offshore wind farms could play a role in reducing the impact of hurricanes on coastal communities. Computer models were created to examine what would have happened if a large array of wind turbines had been present during real-life hurricanes, Katrina, Isaac and Sandy. Results show ...

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  • Following the "Green" in the Green Building Boom

    LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) certification program is getting credit for helping the green construction industry grow from $3 billion in 2005 to an expected $122 billion in 2015. The drivers behind LEED, architects, engineers, builders and suppliers who make up 89% of the USGBC voting membership, have ...

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  • Making Solar Accessible for a New Type of Customer

    Being a renter, having insufficient credit or inappropriate building space have been barriers preventing potential solar power consumers from flipping the switch. However, some forward-thinking organizations are trying to make solar more accessible. The programs also help people who don't self-identify as environmentalists see financially friendly opportunities in solar. Three ...

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