New Funding for Energy Efficient Upgrades Available Now

Until funds are exhausted,  substantial grant funding has become available for multifamily affordable housing and non profit organizations  to upgrade to energy efficient, cost saving units/buildings while improving property values. Green Property Needs Assessments may be included. Contact:  info@resourcesmart.org

Multifamily Affordable Housing

Nonprofit

May Trip to Tunisia

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Ravi Presenting at ISET Sidi Bouzid

 

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ISET Sidi Bouzid Presentation

 

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Ravi and Riadh sit on Panel at ISET Sidi Bouzid

 

Riadh at one of the ICAST Centers in Tunisia

Riadh at one of the ICAST Centers in Tunisia

Google Goes Green with Renewables

Through renewable energy tariffs, internet giant Google hopes to find a solution to it’s energy needs. As laid out in this white paper, Google will work with Duke Energy Corp to purchase renewable energy directly through the power grid. Google will use its engineering power to improve the computer modeling software that is used for modeling wind farms, since the scale of what would be needed to power their data center would break the software! With the potential for grid parity, this is an innovation investors are sure to get behind. Have you started using renewable energy for your home or business?
Read the white paper here

Soundscraper: Noise pollution converter

Could you imagine a skyscraper like this in your city? A group of French architects has for eVolo’s 2013 Skyscraper competition.

Soundscraper

The soundscraper takes advantage of city noise pollution by capturing airborne sound and converting it into usable energy. One of the most abundant energy sources is ambient motion. Vibrations can provide plentiful energy, and can be transferred through many media, making this form of kinetic energy very useful. Learn more about this unique design at eVolo’s website.

Colorado Co-ops Spotlight Efficiency

The Colorado EnergyWise Project, a joint effort between CREA and its member co-ops, is in the initial planning stage, but the association intends to include several components that will be implemented later this year and next year, said Kent Singer, CREA’s executive director. As part of the project, the statewide plans to work with local banks and credit unions to create a program that will loan money to co-op members who are making their homes more energy efficient. The program also will assist in retrofitting state-owned buildings in co-op service areas with one or more energy-saving devices or upgrades. Those might include the installation of efficient lighting, weatherization of buildings or upgraded heating and cooling. Read more…

This program is similar to our ResourceSmart community initiatives, and a step in the right direction! What is your community doing to promote energy efficiency?
ICAST will be presenting at CREA’s upcoming member meeting on April 11th! Get more details on our events page.

Green jobs grow four times faster than others

From the L.A. Times: Clean-energy jobs make up a small part of U.S. employment, but a new federal report shows they are growing much faster than other work, even healthcare. The nation had about 3.4 million green energy jobs in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday in its second annual and final look at this emerging category of employment. The growth in green jobs in 2011 parallels a surge in public and private money plowed into clean energy that year. Total investments in clean energy business and development jumped 42% in the U.S. in 2011 from the prior year, to $48 billion, according to an earlier report by Pew Charitable Trusts. That was more than any other country, with China and Germany not far behind. ICAST supports clean-energy jobs with our online workforce training. How do you and your organization support “green jobs”?

Read the full article here

HUD Awards Specialized Technical Assistance Services

HUD has awarded specialized technical assistance services to a 103 affordable housing groups, including Public Housing Authorities, American Indian Tribes and Native Alaskan Villages, Community Housing Development Organizations, and multifamily housing providers and property managers that are HUD grantees or partners. Experts in energy efficiency and building issues will deliver direct technical assistance to HUD grantees and stakeholders to support HUD’s goal of 159,000 energy efficient and green retrofits in Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. ICAST performed the work for three of the five groups in Colorado. See first item under In Focus on the OSHC Website for list of grantees.

Sustainability Education Specialist Posting at Colorado State University-Pueblo

On behalf of our partner CSU Pueblo, we would like to share this job opportunity! The PROPEL Sustainability Education Specialist (SES) at Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-P) is responsible for the support of the development of sustainability and environmental education and stewardship across the curriculum and in student research projects in order to support the objectives of the PROPEL Grant.  For more information, please visit http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/HR/Employment/Pages/CurrentCareerOpportunities.aspx

iCAST Announces Our Partnership with Earth Protect

iCAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology) and Earth Protect have begun a  collaboration which will strengthen their compatible missions.

Earth Protect’s mission is to connect individuals, communities, governments and organizations on environmental issues through multi-media channels, leading to a healthy, sustainable environment. You can join today to support both iCAST and Earth Protect. Becoming a member of Earth Protect is an important step to a environmentally, economically and culturally restored planet. JOIN earthprotect.com/community

 Through Earth Protect you can discuss with others about causes you support, like iCAST, and find businesses in our community that share our vision.

iCAST Micro-enterprise Small Business Technical Assistance Program Request for Proposals (RFP)

Purpose and Overview

iCAST, in partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, is seeking small business owners in need of technical assistance and training to grow their businesses. This program is designed to strengthen the operations and improve long-term sustainability of small businesses in southern Colorado. iCAST will provide technical assistance and training to promote economic, environmental, and social benefits of small businesses in a manner that builds local capacity.

Technical Assistance, Consulting, Mentoring, and Support for:

-  Energy Efficiency -  Organizational Evaluations
-  Renewable  Energy -  Engineering
-  Sustainability -  Technology
-  Green Building -  Feasibility Study

 

Applying for Assistance:

iCAST is accepting applications for this program from October 5 -  December 5, 2012.
If you are a small business owner interested in participating in this program, contact:

Chris Stoneman

iCAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology)

Lakewood, CO 80226

303-462-4100 ext. 802

Chris@icastusa.org

Awards:

Applicants will be notified of selection by December 5, 2012. If selected, there are no fees for program participation or services. Program implementation begins December 10, 2012 and goes through September 30, 2013. Awardees will participate in a project-opening meeting as a group to review logistics, timetables and goals.