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LEDs In Chandelier Result In 1700% ROI

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LEDs in chandelier pays for itself in 2.6 months and represents a 92% cost savings. A $100 upfront expense saved $1716 over its 3.4 year lifespan. Case Study using LEDs in an apartment complex where the chandelier is operational 24/7 offering a breakdown of all the costs associated with energy, bulbs, and maintenance.

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LEED building complaints – are they really LEED related?

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Are LEED building complaints from tenants really related to the building being LEED? In a discussion over several LEED apartment tenant complaints Matthew Rochte LEED AP, who has managed and owned non-LEED apartments, weighs in. The complaints as tenant complaints go are legitimate, but have little or nothing to do with the buildings being LEED certified, rather they have to do with cost cutting and poor design, construction, and facilities mainenance.

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Round Wheel Rolls!

Leave it to Mark Fiore to find a humorous way to point out the the paradigm shift and challenges of communicating the need for [fill-in-the-blank] (sustainability,  green business, corporate social responsibility, climate change, green house gas cap and trade, etc.)  Despite the scientific evidence, the peer reviewed journals, the business school program adoption and conversion, […]

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Biomimicry Opportunity: Pollution Study via Energy Conserving Robotic Fish

Biomimicry in action. Looking toward nature to find new solutions for sustainability, design, systems. Scientists using shape, movement, and communication patterns to solve pollution discovery. How does nature approach similar business challenges that you have? How does nature use systems to find easier “cost effective” solutions? What are the opportunities for sustainability in biomimicry?

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Biomimicry Opportunity: A New OS Series

Biomimicry Opportunity: In this Opportunity Sustainability℠ series of articles we will explore sustainability opportunities being found in using biomimicry and bioneering. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Opportunity Squared: How much is your garden worth?

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Why bring up gardens in a business website? We bring it up because gardens represent interesting sets of paradigm shifts for home economics and business: burden to opportunity; obscure notion to practical choices; and unexpected opportunities from being practical. It is opportunity in sustainability. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Rethinking – Saltwater Energy

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There is a new idea afoot in the Netherlands these days and they have an opportunity to take advantage of it. The idea is generating saltwater power by a process called reverse electrodialysis. Is this a new clean energy? Is this taking a threat and turning it into an opportunity? Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Rethinking Waste: Have some cocoa with your coal

Lindt Chocolate Company is experimenting with their “waste,” a by-product of the chocolate manufacturing process – cocoa bean shells – to reduce emissions and or provide a cleaner fuel source for local power plant. This is part of the Rethinking Waste series from Opportunity Sustainability℠. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Rethinking Waste: a new series

Rethinking Waste: This Opportunity Sustainability℠ series will look at how companies are rethinking waste to find the opportunities in being sustainable. When I consult on sustainability one of the biggest opportunities for serving the triple bottom line is to look at the waste. All waste can be opportunity. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Sometimes old tech is better than high tech

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Excerpt- More often that not, going sustainable mean using old technology rather than new. In our rapid search for the new new thing, we’ve abandoned some of the simple advice and tools that have served us for years. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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