April 20 was the 20th anniversary of Earth Day Lobby Day. Governor David Paterson, who has been active in promoting and strengthening the standing of New York State as a national leader in environmental protection and initiatives promoting clean energy, addressed New Yorkers on this auspicious occasion. Among Governor Paterson’s energy accomplishments is the leadership role he has taken in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; his expansion of New York’s clean energy goals, with his “45 by 15” initiative; and promoting the State’s bottle bill, as just a few examples.
In his address Governor Paterson also encouraged New Yorkers and law makers to deal with the growing issue of electronic waste in New York. This past year the Governor proposed legislation to regulate the disposal of toxic chemicals and metals which comprise many popular electronic devices.
“From the day I took office, I have worked to make New York State one of the most environmentally friendly states in the Nation. Not only is this work critical to sustaining a healthy environment, but it is critical to creating jobs and rebuilding our State for the New Economy,” Governor Paterson said. “Forty years ago, we celebrated the first ever Earth Day, and this year I challenge all New Yorkers to do their part in making our State and our Nation healthier and cleaner for a more prosperous future.”
Through IDT Energy’s Green Energy/Buy Green program New Yorkers are able to do a lot towards creating a cleaner environment and saving resources, worthwhile goals to strive towards as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day.
Cooper Union in New York City, one of the most prestigious schools for architecture, engineering and fine arts in the country, has created a building which is not only making waves due to its unique design, but is saving the school lots of energy, too.
Thom Mayne created this architectural masterpiece which combines imagination, high tech materials and engineering to use up to 40% less energy to maintain comfortable temperatures as buildings of comparable size.
According to Cooper Union’s president Dr. George Campbell,
“We set goals for the architect to make the building inspirational, but we wanted it to be green.”
IDT Energy is interested in what’s new in the world of sustainable and renewable sources for energy, and because of that IDT offers its customers the choice of “buying green.” When IDT Energy customers “buy green” they are helping the environment because a large percentage of the electricity bought comes from renewable and sustainable, green resources.
New York State is working hard towards becoming a hub for clean-technology development, hoping to establish within the next 10 years the use of 25% renewable, green sources for all its electricity production. IDT Energy is participating in this effort, and hopes its customers will also partake in this goal to improve the environment for the future.
IDT Energy in New York was excited to see the famed Lumenhaus of Virginia Tech make a stop in Times Square in New York City as part of its national tour. The solar-powered, net-zero energy, 650 square foot home was a featured part of the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon back in October, 2009 and is off to Madrid, Spain this coming June for the Solar Decathlon Europe. Many hundreds of pedestrians stopped by the house to discover the unique design of this home which uses sliding walls to incorporate the use of natural light to the max. There is a geothermal loop which contributes to heating the home, and double-hit solar panels can produce extra electricity. Just about everything in the house can be controlled by iPhone.
In our last post IDT Energy introduced to our readers a fascinating organization called the WRI, World Resources Institute.
The WRI organizes their work into four main programmatic goals:
1. People and Ecosystems: This is the basic goal of stopping, and hopefully reversing the destruction and degradation of delicate ecosystems so that their ability to provide for human needs, such as goods and services, can be maintained.
2. Governance: We try to empower people and strengthen institutions which encourage environmentally healthy and socially fair decision making.
3. Markets and Enterprise: Encourage markets and research and development to increase economic opportunity while at the same time protecting the environment.
4. Climate Protection: Safeguard the global climate from increased harm caused by emissions of greenhouse gasses while at the same time preparing the world, natural and man-made, to adapt to the climate change that is unavoidable.
In addition to these four programmatic goals, the WRI has the fifth goal of institutional excellence, which helps WRI to achieve its other goals.
In it’s never ending quest to find useful information which can make people’s lives better and their world safer, healthier and cleaner, IDT Energy in New York has found an interesting organization, the World Resources Institute. This institute, which has been in existence for over 25 years, is a think-tank which investigates the complex environmental challenges facing the world today in search of solutions.
The goal of WRI, which is a goal it shares with IDT Energy, is to help human society to live so that the Earth’s delicate environment in protected now and for future generations to come.
The four key goals at WRI are as follows:
1. People and Ecosystems
3. Climate Protection
4. Markets and Enterprise
We will be discussing in depth these ideas in further posts to come.
Do you live in New York? Brooklyn? The time has come to look at utilities account and consider your energy options, ’cause New York’s IDT Energy is a leading Energy Supply Company that can offer you the opportunity to make huge savings on all your energy costs – your heating and cooking bills, your gas bills, your electricity bills, and all other energy related costs.
Moreover, as the leading energy company in New York State, IDT Energy offers you top notch service and customer care, placing you first. Also, and this is as important as any energy concerns and needs you may have, IDT Energy is dedicated to the environment and the implementation of environmentally friendly “green” energy generation.
Natural gas is the only way to go – sustainable energy that pollutes the environment a fraction of all other energy sources is well worth the slightly increased costs of this energy production. This is exactly IDT Energy‘s policy!
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Nonrenewable energy makes use of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil to produce energy. These are limited resources that cannot be replaced once they are consumed. Other sources of energy, however, like the wind, organic matter, running water and the sun are renewable. This means that green energy is sustainable and that the costs involved in producing green energy are less dependent (if at all) on availability.
Energy production from fossil fuels results in emissions that cause pollution and leave destructive waste products. Energy that is produced from renewable energy sources does not affect the environment during its production, as it does not contribute to global warming, acid rain, nor urban smog. The health risks
associated with producing green energy are almost nil, while standard energy production can result in the cause of lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.
IDT Energy believes in producing green energy!