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Cents and Insensibility

The Great Georgia LED debacle of 2016This story was a struggle. Should it be a journalistic piece or an editorial piece? In the end I decided to put it in the editorial pile. The reason I struggled is because I know many of the parties in this story. I do not want to offend but the lack of responsibility shown by all the parties deserves scrutiny. Georgia taxpayers and voters have been betrayed again.

No one seems to think about the cost anymore except taxpayers and people who have to think about the costs - the middle class and economically disadvantaged communities. Though our political leaders discuss our “capitalistic” free market society and government waste, the reality is it doesn’t really matter to those who say they represent the voters. Both parties seem happy to spend away without regard to fiduciary responsibility or societal costs.

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Top 5 Picks for Earth Day Schwag

Keep those tires out of the landfills! 100% post consumer recycled tires produce a useful kitchen tool.It's that time of year again! As we all get prepared to celebrate our planet, I wanted to give you my top five picks for earth day schwag. If you are having an event or exhibiting at several, it's always nice to have some schwag, but if it's not sustainable then what's the point? I found a promotional company, PROMOrx, while of all things, tweeting during SharkTank. PROMOrx sent over some of really cool schwag and I just couldn't not share them with you. None of them are wholly unique but all are new spins on stuff we have seen for awhile. That's what makes it so much fun! My favorite? The jar opener made out of recycled tires.

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How Freecycle saved my life!

There are little non-profits scanning Freecycle looking to pick up large itemsAs many of my readers know I am all about as much transparency as possible. So no, I am not going to share my deep secrets from college, but I am going to share a story that I hope will help everyone who is preparing for a move whether personal or business, and that my experience is going to help prevent a lot of stress and headaches.

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One Less

Syrian refugee crisis is peanuts to looming climate refugee crisis. 27 million people in Bangladesh are predicted to be displaced from rising waters.When I first started Southeast Green, I started off each year with a list of New Year’s Determinations (The idea of resolutions drives me crazy). I intentionally chose determinations because by golly, I was going to do them! Maybe not perfectly but I was going to do them. For the most part I did instill those small changes and they have stuck.

I stopped doing the determinations because I felt like I had incorporated everything I needed to. Hubris! As COP21 started, I started reflecting on what more could I do. I preach the message of sustainability wherever I go, but what else could I do?

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Southern Utility Companies Are Up to Their Old Tricks Again; This Time in Florida

Floridians are currently living in the dark ages (pun intended) in solar deployment. This is also in part thanks to Florida’s Governor Rick Scott.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there was ever a time that Southern utility companies ever fought renewables and in particular solar. Both Southern Company and Duke Energy have made great strides in adopting solar especially the subsidiaries of the Southern Company. Alabama Power has started the conversation of solar adoption. Mississippi Power has just announced 105 MW of utility scale solar in partnership with the US Navy and Hannah Solar. Georgia Power, the star in Southern Company’s crown, has led the southeast with its progressive solar programs including the ever popular and extended Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. Before Southern Company was working on solar deployment, Duke Energy was leading the way in North Carolina with solar through the North Carolina tax rebates and the first of its kind in the south, a renewable portfolio standard. So maybe the Southern utilities were a bit late to the dance but when they showed up, they were wearing their party dresses!

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A Monumental Greenbuild

2015’s Greenbuild was another great affirmation of how much progress has been made in the sustainable building environment. Southeast Green was honored to attend and be sponsored by Mohawk Group. This year’s Greenbuild was in Washington DC and the theme was Monumental Green. 2015’s Greenbuild was another great affirmation of how much progress has been made in the sustainable building environment. Southeast Green was honored to attend and be sponsored by Mohawk Group. This year’s Greenbuild was in Washington DC and the theme was Monumental Green. It was monumental for several reasons but not in ways you would typically think it would be. Here’s my list of highlights:

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