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Links for January 14th through January 16th

by Mel Starrs on January 19, 2011

in News

These are my links for January 14th through January 16th:

  • LEED as the Seed: Sustainability Beyond Certification · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader – Excellent points well made. I particularly admire how they have identified the responsibility of those occupying the building to continue on the path that LEED started (read the whole article): "The gap between real and potential sustainability lies in the way LEED is perceived. If you think attaining LEED is attaining sustainability, your answer to the “now what?” question might well be “nothing,” since you’ve already achieved your goal. But you would be missing the point because LEED does not equal sustainability. It merely opens the door to sustainability. True sustainability is a process."
  • Energy Tribune- Britain’s Wind Farms are ‘No Spin Zones’ When Cold Hits – Very anti-wind article, but some food for thought: "The report showed that whenever cold weather and high pressure combine a lack of wind is usually the result. And it is a slow-moving phenomenon that tends to affect enormous continental regions way beyond state boundaries for more than just a few days. As Oswald’s report says, “Neighbors are just as likely to suffer a simultaneous shortfall in wind power”. Above all, Oswald’s report predicted an electricity shortfall crisis if government policy favoring wind power over hydrocarbons and nuclear persisted. In 2009/10 and 2010/11 the country came perilously close to experiencing blackouts because wind failed to uphold its end; a situation unlikely to ease while eco-zealot Chris Huhne remains as minister for energy and climate policy."
  • 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error