Zero Energy, Brad Liljequist

Net Zero Energy is dead, long live Zero Energy

The International Living Future Institute’s reboot of its Net Zero Energy program is more than a name change. It establishes NZE’s replacement — Zero Energy Building Certification— as the sole standard for an achievement that’s increasingly common among high-performance buildings.

Paul Hawken. Photo by David Hodge

Drawdown’s Paul Hawken speaks Tuesday at Carter Center

Green business guru Paul Hawken wants to change the way we think about climate change. He comes to Atlanta Tuesday to about his new book, Drawdown, and the project behind it.

Drawdown bills itself as “the world’s most comprehensive plan to reverse global warming.”

Discovery Elementary School, Solar Lab, net zero school, Lincoln Barbour Photography

A Wave of Net Zero Energy Schools Crests in the South

Net zero energy schools are gaining ground in the darnedest of places. Four of the five states with the most net zero schools underway in 2016 were in the South — even though high humidity, low power rates, and few green carrots and sticks would seem to make net zero a steep climb in the region.