Saturday, January 5, 2013

Green Neighborhood Stories

By Greg Meckstroth via Keystone Edge.

A look at Postgreen: the latest on modern urban development plans for Philadelphia.

It’s not every day you meet a developer who sounds more like an urban planner than a real estate man. But the folks over at eco-friendly Postgreen fit squarely in that category—they have two projects coming soon to Frankford Avenue that exemplify a modern urban planner’s ideal: mixed-use, affordable and energy-efficient.  READ MORE

Renewing Kensington 
via Designer in Exile.

A Philadelphia filmmaker sets his sights on helping revitalize on greening and cleaning an urban community.

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Philadelphia. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Riding the elevated Market-Frankford train en route to Philadelphia's Northeast can sometimes seem like a journey across ancient Rome. Much of the Kensington neighborhood, once the brick and mortar of our nation's industrial economy, still lies in ruins from the great exodus of manufacturing jobs. It's a stirring sight: abandoned factory buildings mottle the landscape, serving as profound monuments to the city's industrial legacy.

And while some residents have fled the area, perhaps moving further northeast or to the suburbs, others have stayed to nurture and rebuild. They have found beauty amid the ruins.  READ MORE

Plastic Surgery Emergency for Mother Nature?

A Massachusetts town passes unprecidented ban on sale of plastic water bottles.

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Concord, MA. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Concord is the first town in the nation where the sale of plastic water bottles is prohibited. 

A new year brings a controversial new law into effect in Concord: no one can sell single-serving plastic water bottles.

“I think Concord, you know, they have a good point about the plastic. I really do and I think other towns might follow,” one woman said.

The new law is the talk of the town.

“I thought it was a joke a first but then didn't realize it was going to put in effect and then -- it’s so stupid that we can't buy water, it’s water, like come on,” said Gabe Jackson. READ MORE.

News you can surely use  

Energy Efficient Homes Tax Credit Extended. Lapse from expired 2011 legislation to be retroactive.

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RESNET has achieved its number one legislative priority when Congress extended the $2,000 tax credit for builders who build energy efficient homes by a bipartisan vote (89-8 in the Senate and 257-167 in the House).

The legislation changed the base of the tax credit from the 2003 to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.

The extension was part of the compromise legislation aimed at averting the fiscal cliff.  The legislation extends the credit from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013 and retroactively to January 1, 2012.  The credit had previously expired on December 31, 2011.

The extension of the energy efficient tax credit is contained in Section 408 of the legislation.  To down load the legislation go to American Taxpayer Act.

The legislation also extended the tax credit for homeowners to purchase qualified products to improve the energy efficiency of their existing homes.

President Obama announced that he would sign this legislation.

This is a significant achievement considering the political stalemate that has existed in Washington.  It also demonstrates that there is wide bipartisan policy support for high performance homes. READ MORE


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