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Posts Tagged ‘smart regs’

How Effective Has the Climate Action Tax Been?

How Effective Has the Climate Action Tax Been?

graph courtesy City of Boulder At a PLAN-Boulder County forum on Friday, October 19, Jonathan Koehn, Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder, asserted that the Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax has allowed Boulder to avoid [...]

Sustainable City Network | Portland Energy Retrofit Program Goes Statewide

Sustainable City Network | Portland Energy Retrofit Program Goes Statewide

"The Portland pilot program has been successful in supporting new jobs in the community, expanding the market for energy efficiency products and services, and is serving as a model for other communities looking to adopt home energy efficiency [...]

Council Passes SmartRegs

Council Passes SmartRegs

On Tuesday night, September 7, 2010, the City became the first in the nation to pass a mandatory residential energy conservation ordinance (RECO) targeted at rental housing.  The regulation, called SmartRegs, received strong support from [...]

Blue Line Poll: Smart Regs

Blue Line Poll:  Smart Regs

Landlords clashed over the likely effects of the City of Boulder’s proposed SmartRegs (which will be debated by the City Council at a second reading on July 6)  at a PLAN-Boulder County forum on the subject on June 21. Francoise Poinsatte, a [...]

New Era News | SmartRegs Part 2

New Era News | SmartRegs Part 2

After a little thinking break, the Boulder City Council re-engaged the issue of SmartRegs at Tuesday's council meeting, voting unanimously in favor of moving it forward to a second reading. When SmartRegs first broke into the council's agenda [...]

Dithering Against Climate Change

Dithering Against Climate Change

In the US, buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of annual greenhouse gas emissions; globally, the percentage is even greater.  Since all of the buildings in the entire world are existing, if we do not make significant reductions to [...]

New Era News | PART 1: SmartRegs Gets its Legs, Takes Some Heat

New Era News | PART 1: SmartRegs Gets its Legs, Takes Some Heat

Boulder City Council began its first reading of the much-discussed SmartRegs proposal at their meeting on May 18. In witness of an over-capacity meeting hall, Mayor Susan Osborne said it was, "the most important issue we'll tackle this year, and [...]

Write City Council to Support SmartRegs!

Write City Council to Support SmartRegs!

SmartRegs is a potential city policy that will create minimum standards for energy efficiency in rental units, such as sealing gaps in windows, installing programmable thermostats, low-flow shower heads and insulation. SmartRegs has already [...]

Smart Regs and Quality of Life

Sitting On the Three Legged Stool With the current debate swirling around SmartRegs, I support them, professionally and personally. However, there are some details in the regulations that need correction and further work. As is often stated, the [...]

Boulder Reporter | $25 million for “Two Techs and a Truck”

Boulder Reporter | $25 million for “Two Techs and a Truck”

In celebration of Earth Day, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) applauded the announcement of $25 million in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, for the “Two Techs and a Truck” retrofit program in [...]

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