Matthew Speer

Hospitals Going Green to Reduce Global Warming

Hospitals going Green

As one of the fastest-growing segments of the United States economy, the healthcare industry faces many challenges including quality of service, containing costs and dealing with healthcare insurance. You can also add environmental waste and energy consumption to the list. Hospitals are one of the biggest energy consumers in the U.S. each year. They also produce millions of tons of refuse, from paper to …

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How Recycled Steel Helps the Planet

Recycled steel benefits industry and the environment

Recycling at all levels is beneficial to the environment, but nowhere are the benefits more pronounced than with the recycling of a steel. The recycling rate for steel is a staggering 88 percent, according to industry site steel.org, making it the most recycled product on the planet. A lot of this can be attributed to steel’s strength, which does not diminish after it is …

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Five Facts to Share With Climate Change Deniers

sharing the facts with climate change deniers

People with concerns about the environment consider the science settled and have long since moved on to solutions for the problems or delved deep into specific issues, such as global warming, water pollution or deforestation. They are forgetting a simple fact: they are leaving a huge part of the population behind. Depending on which politician – or which news outlet – they listen to, …

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Punishments Proposed for Climate Change Deniers

One of the central environmental debates in recent years among the nation’s politicians – if not the scientists – is whether human activity is actually causing climate change. Or, in some cases, whether climate change is real at all. The topic is especially hot among pundits and think tanks on the conservative side of the political aisle. For example, the Heartland Institute recently said …

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Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth through Renewable Energy

Small businesses are driving economic growth in part through adoption of green energy

Economic growth is often a result of small businesses pushing the adoption of technological advancement coupled with the drive for efficient operations. Small businesses in America are the powerhouses that drive the economy. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, they make up over 99 percent of all employer firms and account for 64 percent of all new private sector jobs. This makes …

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Financing Energy Efficiency Projects for Businesses

Energy efficiency and the triple bottom line for small businesses

Energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly initiatives are a no-brainer for forward-thinking small business owners. Sustainable businesses distinguish themselves from the competition while broadening their market appeal, saving money and fostering healthy communities. By prioritizing the triple bottom line of people, profits and planet, sustainable enterprises are “energy efficient” in the truest sense, streamlining processes and optimizing human and financial resources alongside the natural. …

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Health Problems Persist Among Residents Exposed to Fracking Pollutants

Many living near natural gas drilling operations report significant health problems from the fracking fluids used. Industry says such reports are anecdotal at best, environmental groups say their studies are sound. Only third-party, unbiased research can get to the truth.

The boon on America’s natural gas has been touted by both political parties during the recent election cycle, pointing to increased production and lower costs.  As is often the case, where money can be made and political points won, the facts can become a secondary concern.  This is certainly the case with hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is infamously known. Quick review of …

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