New Buildings To Be Net Energy Producers

In line with national objectives outlined by President Obama to improve building efficiency by twenty percent in the next ten years, entrepreneurs can take advantage of ample funding.

While designing buildings that create more energy than they take in is sound environmental policy, it can also be a good way to draw customers to your business, as one Florida credit union discovered. "A few years ago in central Florida, John Santarpia had an idea. He was the president and C.E.O. of a credit union and felt he needed to do something to improve its image. 'We're a medium-sized credit union and there's a lot of competition,' Santarpia said. 'We wanted to stand out.' He and his colleagues had found a lot in Lakeland, a city of about 100,000 residents, with an ice cream shop on it."

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For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.

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