Alternative Energy and Green Building Resources in Shenandoah Valley Region

 Energy Best Management Practices

   
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Cut Electricity Costs

This site offers advice on how to save money by saving energy. Learn proven tips that cost nothing to implement and require very little lifestyle change that have the potential of cutting your electric bill significantly. For the more energy conscious homeowner, there are discussions on more advanced topics like residential wind power, home solar energy, and low energy lighting. Be green and save green! Click here.

 

Best Management Practices for Solar and Wind Energy Development: A Conservationist’s Guide
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Best Management Practices provide science-based criteria and standards that land managers and conservation planners follow in making and implementing decisions about human uses and projects that affect our natural resources.

 

Managing Manure with Biogas Recovery Systems BMPs
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Improved performance at competitive costs is promised by this 2002 EPA publication all about anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery for energy.

 

Green Remediation Best Management Practices: Integrating Renewable Energy into Site Cleanup
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Use of renewable energy resources provides a significant opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of activities conducted during investigation, remediation, and monitoring of hazardous waste sites.

 

15 O & M Best Practices for Energy Efficient Buildings
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Building operation and maintenance programs specifically designed to enhance operating efficiency of HVAC and lighting systems can save 5 to 20 percent of the energy bills without significant capital investment.

 

Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Landscaping
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Landscaping doesn't only add beauty to your home, but it can also improve your home's comfort and lower your energy bills.

 

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips
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Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the cool fall and winter months.

 

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Cooling
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You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.

 

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Energy Audits
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A home energy audit helps you pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money. A home energy audit will also assess health and safety issues that might exist in your home.

 

Tips: Your Home's Energy Use
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A home energy assessment (sometimes referred to as an energy audit) will show what parts of your house use the most energy and suggest the best ways to cut energy costs.

 

Anaerobic Digestion 101
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This is an article from the EPA site about anaerobic/biomass recovery systems.  Click here to read the information: 

 

U.S. Farm Anaerobic Digester Status: A 2011 Snapshot
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This EPA factsheet gives information on trends in use of these manure management systems in the U.S.

 

Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy
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A 293 page guide to the Legal Issues in Farming the Wind on your farm from June 2007

 

 Green Building

   
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Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database

 

What is green building?

By U.S. Green Building Council
How do buildings work with our natural surroundings to create a more sustainable place to live? Learn how LEED can help make our world greener for all.
 

 

The Business Case for Green Building

The WorldGBC launched its new report, "The Business Case for Green Building" in March 2013. Miles Keeping introduces the report and its findings at Ecobuild in London.

 

Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Landscaping
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Landscaping doesn't only add beauty to your home, but it can also improve your home's comfort and lower your energy bills.

 

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Cooling
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You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.

 

Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Energy Audits
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A home energy audit helps you pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money. A home energy audit will also assess health and safety issues that might exist in your home.

 

Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)
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What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage? Energy efficient mortgages (EEMs, sometimes known as “green mortgages”) are loans that allow homeowners to finance energy-efficient upgrades for their current home or in a new home purchase.& ...

 

The five principles of green building
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Green buildings are designed, constructed, and operated to enhance the well-being of their occupants and support a healthy community and natural environment.

 

Show Green Building Organizations & Professionals (28)
There are 28 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Green Building Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Architects
BCWH Architects
- Richmond, VA
John S. LaMonica, A.I.A.
- Marshall, VA
Moseley Architects
Bryna Dunn - Director of Sustainability Planning & Design - Richmond, VA
nbj Architecture
Neil Bhatt, AIA, NCARB - President - Glen Allen, VA
The Gaines Group, PLC
Raymond E. Gaines, AIA, FCSI, CCS, NCARB - Charlottesville, VA
Certified Energy Auditors
3FFICIENT Energy
- San Luis Rey, CA
Energy Efficient Mortgage Lenders
Access National Mortgage
- Reston, VA
Home First Mortgage
- Alexandria, VA
Virginia Credit Union Inc
- Richmond, VA
Green Building Professionals
Altenergy Inc.
- Charlottesville, VA
BCWH Architects
- Richmond, VA
Built Environment Engineers
- Arlington, VA
Eagle Construction of VA., LLC
- Glen Allen, VA
Euroshield Recycled Rubber Roofing Products
Global Environmental Manufacturing (G.E.M.) Inc. - Calgary, AB
Golden Rule Builders, Inc.
- Catlett, VA
Moseley Architects
Bryna Dunn - Director of Sustainability Planning & Design - Richmond, VA
nbj Architecture
Neil Bhatt, AIA, NCARB - President - Glen Allen, VA
Renewable Engineered Systems (RES)
- Martinsville, VA
Royer Technical Services, Inc.
- Hampton, VA
Skyline Turbine LLC
- Charlottesville, VA
Staengl Engineering
Galen Staengl, P.E. - Crozet, VA
Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
Sandra Leibowitz, AIA, LEED Fellow, GPCP - Managing Principal - Richmond, VA
Tectonics II LTD
- Roseland, VA
The Gaines Group, PLC
Raymond E. Gaines, AIA, FCSI, CCS, NCARB - Charlottesville, VA
Green Point Raters / Energy Auditors
Built Environment Engineers
- Arlington, VA
Moseley Architects
Bryna Dunn - Director of Sustainability Planning & Design - Richmond, VA
Staengl Engineering
Galen Staengl, P.E. - Crozet, VA
Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
Sandra Leibowitz, AIA, LEED Fellow, GPCP - Managing Principal - Richmond, VA

 Renewable - Alternative Energy

   
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Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database

 

Cut Electricity Costs

This site offers advice on how to save money by saving energy. Learn proven tips that cost nothing to implement and require very little lifestyle change that have the potential of cutting your electric bill significantly. For the more energy conscious homeowner, there are discussions on more advanced topics like residential wind power, home solar energy, and low energy lighting. Be green and save green! Click here.

 

Residential Solar Panel Systems Complete Renewable Energy Solutions for Your Home
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Solar panels are the stars of the residential solar system, gleaming on the rooftop as they tell the world, or at least the neighborhood, that this homeowner cares enough about the environment to ease the household’s carbon footprint while smartly lowering electric bills. & ...

 

Finding the Right Solar Panel Installer
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Finding the right contractor is possibly the single most important part of a solar installation project. Homeowners choosing to go solar often are excited to start the process.

 

Alternatives to Real Estate Development Deriving Financial Benefits from Conservation and Mitigation Projects in Virginia - a Lender's Collateral Concerns
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In the current economic environment, landowners previously contemplating development or sale of their real property are seeking alternative ways to generate cash flow from their real property assets.

 

Why Renewable Energy?
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Clean energy sources like wind and solar can help us reduce climate change, but can harm wildlife and wildlands if not carefully located.

 

Hydrogen Energy
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Hydrogen can store energy until it's needed and move it to where it's needed.

 

Hydropower
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Moving water has energy.

 

Biomass Energy
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Biomass is anything that is, or once was, alive. Biomass is wood, plants, and garbage.

 

Geothermal Energy
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Geothermal energy is heat inside the Earth. Geothermal energy is renewable.

 

Wind Energy
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Wind is moving air. There will be wind as long as the sun shines.

 

Solar Energy
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Solar energy is light energy. Solar energy is renewable.

 

Why Is Solar Energy?
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Every day, the sun radiates an enormous amount of energy - called solar energy. It radiates more energy in one day than the world uses in one year.

 

Home Solar Panels: Pros, Cons, and Hidden Costs
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Once limited to consumers with deep pockets and strong environmentalist values, solar panels are less expensive than ever.

 

NREL: Dynamic Maps, GIS Data and Analysis Tools - Visualization & Geospatial Tools

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Geospatial Data Science Team have developed tools that allow users to determine things such as how much electricity can be produced from solar systems on a house or what renewable resources are available in a specific area. The most current list of available NREL's GIS tools for biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, transportation and hydrogen can be accessed here.

 

BioDiesel Retail Location Finder

Biodiesel is a clean-burning replacement for petroleum diesel that can be used in virtually any diesel engine without modification. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of domestically available, renewable sources including vegetable oil, biomass (such as wood chips) and animal fats. It acts like diesel fuel, but produces fewer harmful emissions, is biodegradable and nontoxic, and is safer to use the diesel fuel.
Find a biodiesel retail location in your area »

 

Barking Up the Wrong Tree? Forest Sustainability in the Wake of Emerging Bioenergy Policies
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Renewable energy policies generally have assumed that forests can provide a significant source of environmentally-friendly feedstocks for electricity, heat and power generation.

 

A Landowner’s Guide to Carbon Sequestration Credits

This guide offers a path for local landowners to earn additional income while helping diminish adverse effects of global climate change through implementation of carbon sequestration and other stackable incentives.

 

Show Renewable - Alternative Energy Organizations & Professionals (41)
There are 41 resources serving Shenandoah Valley Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Renewable - Alternative Energy Organizations & Professionals serving Shenandoah Valley Region
Alternative Energy
3FFICIENT Energy
- San Luis Rey, CA
Altenergy Inc.
- Charlottesville, VA
AMERESCO Solar
- Framingham, MA
American Resource & Energy
- Saint Paul, MN
American Solar Energy Society
- Boulder, CO
Cianbro
- Pittsfield, ME
Dasolar
Douglas ArrisonNV
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
DISGEN Development Services, LLC
Dale Osborn - President - Lakewood, CO
ElectraTherm
- Reno, NV
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
- Tampa, FL
FDC Enterprises Grasslands Services
- New Albany, OH
FutureMetrics
- Bethel, ME
Heatek Energy LLC
Evan Jones - Engineer - Auburn, ME
LetsGoSolar.com
Laura Brigham - Editor - San Francisco, CA
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
- Butte, MT
Pika Energy
- Westbrook, ME
Renewable Engineered Systems (RES)
- Martinsville, VA
Royer Technical Services, Inc.
- Hampton, VA
Skyline Turbine LLC
- Charlottesville, VA
Smart Solar
- Libertyville, IL
Solar Connexion
- Blacksburg, VA
Solar Panels Plus
- Chesapeake, VA
Southwall Technologies Window Films
Jill Clardy - Director, Sales Operations & Customer Service - Chicago, IL
Spotsy Wind Energy LLC
- Fredericksburg, VA
Sustainable Strategies
- Saint Charles, IL
The Price Companies, Inc.
- Monticello, AR
Virginia Energy Sense
- Richmond, VA
Westervelt Renewable Energy
- Tuscaloosa, AL
ZeroBase Energy, LLC
- Ferndale, MI
Energy Assistance Programs
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center - Raleigh, NC
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
- Richmond, VA
Virginia Energy Sense
- Richmond, VA
Energy Saving / Green Products
Altenergy Inc.
- Charlottesville, VA
Euroshield Recycled Rubber Roofing Products
Global Environmental Manufacturing (G.E.M.) Inc. - Calgary, AB
Mathews Brothers Window Products
- Belfast, ME
Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
Sandra Leibowitz, AIA, LEED Fellow, GPCP - Managing Principal - Richmond, VA
Virginia Energy Sense
- Richmond, VA
State Energy Assistance Programs
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
- Richmond, VA
Waste Management Specialists
BigBelly Solar Compacting Trash Receptacle
- Newton, MA
EarthCare Technologies Inc.
Phil Fredericks - Owner - West Fork, AR
 

 Local News Stories about Alternative Energy and Green Building Resources

Local Green Building News Items
U.S. Botanic Garden’s Renovated Bartholdi Park Showcases Sustainable Gardening, Achieves SITES Gold Certification
6/21/2018 11:00:00 AM
Washington, D.C. –(June 21, 2018)–The renovation of Bartholdi Park at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is complete, and the new garden is a showcase of sustainable gardening. Created in 1932, Bartholdi Park has served as a demonstration garden for more than 80 years and until 2016 had not undergone a complete renovation since its original construction. The renovation provided an opportunity to increase accessibility, showcase the Sustainable SITES Initiative ( SITES ) principles in action, and demonstrate USBG’s commitment to sustainability. USBG and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) are proud to announce that Bartholdi Park has achieved SITES Gold certification for its sustainability strategies, and is the first project in Washington, D.C., to be certified under SITES version 2. SITES is the most comprehensive system for designing, developing and maintaining sustainable land. It serves as a guide for sustainable landscaping and land development in a similar way to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building program. The USBG led the development of SITES along with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the American Society of Landscape Architects. “USBG has championed SITES since our initial work in helping develop the program more than a decade ago. We are excited to now have Bartholdi Park as a living example of a sustainably designed garden right in the middle of Washington, D.C.,” said Saharah Moon Chapotin, executive director, USBG. “This allows us to showcase how sustainable gardening can be beautiful as well as provide benefits for both humans and the environment.” “Bartholdi Park’s sustainable development serves as a model for communities looking to build a healthy and prosperous future for residents and visitors,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “Through the use of SITES, certified projects are creating ecologically resilient communities, reducing water demand, improving air quality and connecting people to nature. Bartholdi Park at the U.S. Botanic Garden is teaching us about the countless benefits we can achieve when sustainable strategies are applied to our landscapes.” Renovation plans focused on SITES’s key areas: water, soil, plants, materials, and human health: Water : Ten rain gardens capture 100 percent of rainfall on the site and allow it to soak into the ground, diverting runoff from D.C.’s combined sewer system. The rain gardens can accept up to 4,000 cubic feet of water in a 24-hour storm event – equivalent to 256 bathtubs of water. The project also used permeable paving and reduced the amount of impervious surface. Plants : The gardens in Bartholdi Park showcase plants native to the Mid-Atlantic region and a collection of edible plants in permanent and seasonal plantings in a new kitchen garden. The project team was able to save multiple large trees and shrubs on site; other plants were reused on Capitol Hill and in D.C. Public Schools. Soil : During the renovation, topsoil was removed and saved off-site, amended with organic compost and returned to the park for the new plantings. In areas where plants were saved, the soil was also protected from compaction. Materials : Existing concrete sidewalks were crushed and then used as the base layer under the new sidewalks. Previous stone walls were disassembled and their stones were reused in the new walls for the raised kitchen garden. Flagstone from previous pathways was also salvaged to create new paths. For the park’s locally sourced furniture, a Virginia company built seating and tables from white oaks that had fallen naturally during a storm. Human Health : The park connects people to nature through programming that includes yoga and nature-in-motion walks. Additional seating, a water fountain, and bicycle parking were added. Tours and signage explain the sustainable features, providing inspiration for how to apply these principles at home. The creation of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial next door to the park presented an opportunity to collaborate with the National Park Service, and educational and therapeutic programs for veterans and active duty soldiers were developed and now use this space. The story of the renovated Bartholdi Park is shared through new interpretive signage throughout the park. A new Field Journal, an interactive booklet for young visitors, was developed that focuses on the park’s plants and sustainability. It can be picked up free-of-charge at the Conservatory’s Information Desk. Tours of Bartholdi Park and other programming occurring there can be found at www.USBG.gov/Programs . The U.S. Botanic Garden is open to the public, free of charge, every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, on the southwest side of the U.S. Capitol. Visitors are encouraged to use Metrobus and Metrorail. More information is available at www.USBG.gov . Photos of Bartholdi Park can be found at this link . Watch the journey and see how the SITES-certified Bartholdi Park has become a model for sustainable landscape design and development.

GRESB Launches Health and Well-being Module for the Real Estate Industry
3/14/2016 10:29:16 AM
Health and well-being rapidly emerging as important area of opportunity for the industry March 14, 2016 (Amsterdam)— GRESB , the global standard for environmental, social and governance (ESG) assessment of real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets, today announced the launch of the GRESB Health and Well-being Module. This new module is an optional supplement to the GRESB Real Estate Assessment, which is an annual survey on behalf of a large group of institutional investors that captures information regarding the ESG performance of property companies, fund managers and developers. The new module evaluates and benchmarks actions by property companies and funds to promote the health and well-being of employees and their strategy to create value through products and services that promote health and well-being for their tenants and customers. 'The design, construction and operation of our built environment has a profound impact on individuals and populations,' said Chris Pyke, COO, GRESB. 'GRESB's vision is to ultimately create better places for people and communities—places that reduce environmental impacts, improve social practices and set high standards for corporate governance—in profitable ways that make good business sense and reward innovation. This new Health and Well-being Module adds an additional component to the annual GRESB Assessment and sends a signal that human health and well-being plays a critical role in assessing the value of real estate portfolios and other assets.' Real estate development can serve to create superior places—places that enhance productivity, support physical activity, promote social interaction, provide access to vital services and contribute to happiness. As interest in health and well-being in the built environment grows, the industry has recognized the need for practical tools for systematic assessment, objective scoring and peer benchmarking of health and well-being. The GRESB Health and Well-being Module includes 10 new indicators providing investors and property companies and funds with new insights on leadership, needs assessment, implementation action and performance monitoring. The module has two primary areas of focus: (1) the promotion of health and well-being for employees and (2) the provision of products and services that help promote health and well-being for tenants and other customers. This parallel focus allows investors and property companies and funds to differentiate action to benefit internal operations (employees) from value-creating products and services offered to others. 'The GRESB Health and Well-being Module will make real estate companies and funds more transparent and make comparative information more accessible and actionable for investors. This represents an important step toward resolving long-standing market failures and making health an investible attribute of real estate,' says Dr. Matt Trowbridge, Associate Professor, Associate Research Director, Department of Public Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine The GRESB Health and Well-being Module is now available in pre-release via the GRESB website and will be open for submission starting April 1, alongside the GRESB Real Estate Assessment. Learn more at GRESB.com and follow us on Twitter @_GRESB .  

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Green Building News Items
Daily on Energy: Trump schedules meeting with EU 'foe' - Washington Examiner
7/17/2018 11:47:10 AM
Washington Examiner Daily on Energy: Trump schedules meeting with EU 'foe' Washington Examiner Gerry Connolly of Virginia . GREEN GROUPS SUE EPA OVER TRUCK RULE: Environmental groups on Tuesday sued the EPA over its decision to block a regulation limiting the number of tractor trailers trucks with older, rebuilt engines because they don't meet ... and more »

Jefferson Green: Green-built condos with a view - Richmond.com
7/7/2018 10:45:08 AM
Richmond.com Jefferson Green: Green-built condos with a view Richmond.com (LEED is a green-building certification program operated by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Platinum designation is its ... Jay Epstein of Health-e Community Enterprises of Virginia Inc. was the general contractor for the project. Condo sizes ...

SmithGroupJJR design wins USGBC award in Virginia - The Construction Specifier
6/29/2018 11:15:10 AM
SmithGroupJJR design wins USGBC award in Virginia The Construction Specifier The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Virginia chapter announced the recipients of its 2018 USGBC Virginia Leadership Awards, recognizing nominated building owners, designers, and construction professionals within the community whose projects ...

The 'Billion Tree Tsunami' is transforming northwestern Pakistan - Inhabitat
6/27/2018 12:02:17 PM
Inhabitat The 'Billion Tree Tsunami' is transforming northwestern Pakistan Inhabitat If you live south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you might consider Virginia pine or Eastern red cedar. And in the Northeast, a variety of pines and firs like Balsam fir, Fraser fir and white pine grow naturally. But who says all Christmas trees need to be ... and more »

USGBC Recognizes Huguenot High School as Community Champion - Markets Insider
6/26/2018 9:45:34 AM
USGBC Recognizes Huguenot High School as Community Champion Markets Insider RICHMOND, Va ., June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Moseley Architects' Huguenot High School in Richmond, Virginia continues to be recognized for design excellence in its recent receipt of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Virginia  ... and more »

Renewable - Alternative Energy News Items
Howard Kern: Focus, measured economic growth key for Hampton Roads - Virginian-Pilot
11/5/2017 12:17:57 AM
Virginian-Pilot Howard Kern: Focus, measured economic growth key for Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot ... overall economy — as should be technology, renewable/alternative energy and many other sectors. But these sectors are not growing jobs at the same pace as healthcare. We applaud the work of Reinvent Hampton Roads and Go Virginia , who are moving ... and more »

Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows - CNN (blog)
10/28/2013 8:44:51 PM
CNN (blog) Terrorist attacks and deaths hit record high, report shows CNN (blog) Like Benjamin, Rizwan Jaka, a Muslim leader based in Northern Virginia , said that political - not religious - motivations lay behind many acts of terrorism. “It isn't like they woke up and said 'I'm a Muslim; I'm going to go kill someone in a shopping ... and more »

The Real Problem With Renewables - Forbes
5/11/2010 3:55:17 PM
Forbes The Real Problem With Renewables Forbes Matching that power output with corn ethanol would require intensive farming on more than 21,000 square miles, an area nearly the size of West Virginia . Environmental groups and many politicians in Washington insist that the U.S. must lead the effort ... and more »