January 28, 2019

If there's one thing that stops people from building super-green buildings, it’s the belief that they can’t make money doing it. In fact, the two reasons I’ve routinely heard for skipping the high-performance track are tied to money. First, it’s too expensive, and seco...

August 21, 2018

Letter to Mr. Akio Toyoda, CEO

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Dear Mr. Toyoda,

I’m proud owner of a Toyota Prius (2011), a branded company car pictured here and affectionately named by my staff, Penny.  At least I was a proud owner until I saw that you’ve petitioned the...

March 13, 2018

Last year, the PACE program was digging a toehold here in Colorado, says Tracy Phillips, Director for CO-PACE.  In its first full year, the “Property Assessed Clean Energy” program funded $8 million worth of loans on 11 projects.

This year, Phillips says he expects expo...

June 9, 2017

Last week’s decision for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord was a gut punch – a reneging on an international treaty the United States facilitated, and abdication of responsibility from a problem we helped create. 

Here at GreenSpot, we believe there’s c...

May 10, 2017

If you want to go to the head of the line for permitting at the building department, remember these words – net-zero energy.

In late April, the City and County of Denver instituted a program to bump net-zero projects to the head of the line for building permits, and the...

April 26, 2017

This year, we dropped our area home builders’ association membership.  The pricey $1,000 annual fee was certainly a consideration – no small expense for a professional membership.

But the bigger reason is that the parent organization, the National Association of Home Bu...

February 24, 2017

As of last November, 29 states have legal Cannabis in some form, in spite of the fact that it’s still a big national no-no.

And while lots of folks think dialing up weed-infused goodies is the best thing ever, this budding industry is not without its problems – big ones...

January 25, 2017

If you keep up with real estate, you may have heard the term “net-zero” recently.  It’s not a tennis drop shot, or an inventory accounting method.

Net-zero is a measurement of inputs and outputs in a home or building’s energy use, and the calculation can also be used fo...

January 24, 2017

On January 1st, GreenSpot celebrated its seventh anniversary, started at the rock bottom of the downturn in 2010.  And while our business has certainly changed over the years, our mission and focus haven’t.

We’re here to reverse climate change through the built environm...

December 14, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump,

I respectfully ask you to substitute the term “business competitiveness” with “climate change” in advancing your policy agendas.  The relationship between these is simple, transitive and linear.

Averting Climate Change =

Efficiencies + Renewables =

Busine...

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