HERO PACE has been approved in 328 communities, and is available to 76% of California’s population. As of last week, 38,568 homes have taken advantage of the opportunity to finance energy and water saving devices through their property taxes. As a result, HERO has offset 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions and saved more than 5.2 billion KwHs of electricity, 1.1 billion gallons of water and offset 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions. They also offer HERO Protect, PACE’s Strongest Consumer Protection Program.
Though LEED is not the world’s only green building rating system, it is the most most widely used and recognized. Thus it is no small thing that, for the second year in a row, Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.
Western Europe is the #1 choice destination for foreign investors, according to this year’s EY Foreign investment survey. Half of the respondents indicated it was the most attractive region to establish operations and 59% expect the financial climate to get even better. Investors with a European presence were more likely to rank it first (55%), while other respondents tended to prefer North America or China.
Environmental Impacts & The Need For Social License
By Roy L Hales
Twenty-four million cubic meters of silt, metals and water spilled into the adjacent waterways, when the Mount Polley tailings pond dam breached. It has been called one of Canada’s worst environmental disasters. The province’s independent review panel made six recommendations, one of which was that tailings and water should not be mixed anymore in BC. This did not please the mining companies who say dry stacking of tailings would cost too much. The Clark Government appears to concur. An application to restart Mount Polley, with tailings in water, is under consideration. The Secwepemc Peoples regard this as “a violation of sovereignty” which “opens the territory up to further damage.” Is BC setting the stage for another Mount Polley Disaster?
A data center and colocation property provider is giving new clients access to clean energy. Clients signing a new lease with Digital Realty will automatically be enrolled in their Clean Start Program and receive green energy certificates for the amount of electricity they use during their first year. After the introductory year is over, clients can opt to continue in the program for cost.