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County to look at climate change plan recommendations


By Valerie J. Amor The Broward County Climate Change Task Force will submit the Broward Climate Action Plan for consideration of approval at an upcoming Broward County commission meeting. The Broward County Climate Change Task Force completed work on and approved the “Broward Climate Change Action Plan –Addressing our Changing Climate” at their

April 27th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Everglades,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Water management | Read More »

Earth Day is over, but tips for being green are sustainable

1.    Replacing that old porch light with an energy-efficient compact-fluorescent bulb can save you up to $50 over 2 ½ years. 2.    It’s getting warmer every day. Insulation can help you keep the heat out and the savings in by reducing how hard your A/C has to work to cool your home. Federal tax credits [...]

April 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,FPL,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Schools, students, teachers can apply online for green awards from Florida

In celebration of National Environmental Education Week, Governor Charlie Crist today announced that Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards applications and judging will now be completely paperless, using only online technologies. Applications recognizing students, teachers, classrooms, schools and school districts for their efforts to create healthy, efficient and productive places for learning can be submitted [...]

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

Faster permits for green builders in Broward

Under a new program designed to reward contractors and homeowner-builders whose plans are designated “green” by a recognized certification program, the Broward County Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division has announced that it will speed those projects through the permitting process in less than five business days.

February 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Real Estate | Read More »

Indoor Air Quality – Are you sick from Sick Building Syndrome?

By Fraser Allport Indoor Air Quality – Are you ill because of “Sick Building Syndrome?” Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers Do You Suspect Your Office Has an Indoor Air Problem ? When people hear about “Going Green,” they think of Energy and Water Efficiency, Solar and Wind Power, Sustainability [...]

January 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Hallandale,Health,Local news | Read More »

Getting green with the ten-minute tax tune-up

By Fraser Allport Installing energy and water saving “green” improvements has many tax incentives for your property. But the bigger picture is to understand why taxes are such an important part of your life and the “Go Green” movement. In my 28 years in business, I have consistently seen people either over-pay or under-pay their [...]

January 11th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Local news | Read More »

Coconut Creek adopts city green plan

Coconut Creek City Commissioners adopted a City Green Plan at their Commission meeting held on December 10, 2009.  The Green Plan will guide the City’s commitment toward sustainability with the adoption of a City green image, the identification of sustainable themes, a range of action steps, and a method for annual monitoring.

January 5th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Environmental,Local news | Read More »

The Necessity, and Tax Benefits, of Going Green


By Fraser Allport People ask me “ Why is your company named ‘ Energy, Water and Taxes, LLC ’ ?  How do taxes correlate with Energy and Water efficiency ? ” The answer is that taxes have always played a critical role in world history.      Taxes are ubiquitous. Taxes are your largest variable expense. And [...]

January 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Hallandale,Local news | Read More »

Tamarac man wins national green award


A Tamarac man is the recipient of a national fellowship designed to advance the work of individuals with outstanding leadership potential to help shape a brighter environmental future. Doug Young is one of 40 individuals nationwide selected as a 2009 TogetherGreen Fellow. The TogetherGreen Fellowship offers specialized training in conservation planning and execution, the chance [...]

December 28th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tamarac | Read More »

More tips to reduce water/energy bills


By Fraser Allport It is the rare property owner who is going to invest in their property and lose money for the sake of helping Earth. Everyone wants to reduce their utility bills and simultaneously help the environment.That’s a given. The hurdle is getting the math to make sense so that these green investments can [...]

December 27th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Tips to consider before taking your business green


By Fraser Allport 1) GET PROACTIVE Start at the beginning and do some basic research. Go online and do a search for these key words: Energy and Water Efficiency / Savings. Reduce / Lower Utility Bills. Save Energy / Water. Reduce / Lower / Save Taxes, etc. Do both a local and worldwide search to [...]

December 21st, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Go green for the holidays

The Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division offers these tips to help you have an earth-friendly holiday season:

December 14th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Holiday,Local news | Read More »

Work on reducing water, energy, tax bills


By Fraser Allport Historically, recessions have only one benefit – they cleanse and rebalance the markets and are “corrections” to the excesses and mistakes of the preceding boom. The only way to survive a recession is to adapt thus saving money becomes a necessity when making money becomes harder to do. Recessions teach us all [...]

December 13th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Local news,Money | Read More »

What Happens When Green Becomes Code?

By Fraser Allport Do buildings get better, or are lawsuits inevitable? According to Liberty Building Forensics Group, the inevitable is about to happen – and most people don’t even know it’s coming. Green buildings are going to become, by codification, the law of the land. For some firms, this will mean business as usual. For [...]

December 8th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Hallandale,Local news,Real Estate | Read More »

Emerging Green: A new weekly column on BrowardNETOnline.com

Fraser Allport, owner of Energywatertaxes.com

As Broward County’s only online-only newspaper, BrowardNETOnline.com firmly believes in being green. Each of us can do something to make our Earth a better place, but realize that for many people, being green has to make sense financially. If green is cost-prohibitive to businesses and to homeowners, then many people will opt out. In addition [...]

December 5th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Local news | Read More »

New Children’s Services Council building goes green; with video


Broward just got a little greener with the opening of the new Children’s Services Council building in Lauderhill on Nov. 19. In 2000, voters approved a new property tax to provide services to children and families in Broward County. Several years ago, the council recognized they would need a permanent home as the council’s services [...]

November 20th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Families,Health,Lauderhill,Local news,Video | Read More »

Environmental Fair at Rickards Middle

On Saturday November 21st from 9 a.m. to Noon, Rickards Middle School (6000 NE 9 Avenue) will be hosting an outdoor environmental event to celebrate the Broward County Schools Green Initiative. There will be booths with members from these environmental organizations: Broward County NatureScape, The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Flyways Coalition, The Kids Ecology Corps and [...]

November 10th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Events,Families,Local news,Oakland Park | Read More »

Unlike Kermit, Living Green Fair Nov 14-15 makes it easy to be green

“It’s on,” Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober declared to fellow Broward County officials Mayor Anne Castro of Dania Beach, Mayor Marilyn Gerber of Coconut Creek and Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo of Pembroke Pines at a press conference recently to announce the launch of the South Florida Living Green Fair Mayors Challenge. The gauntlet was thrown down [...]

October 18th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Dania,Environmental,Events,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Hollywood,Local news,Recreation,Water management | Read More »

New Sustainable Lecture Series Begins October 14 in Coconut Creek

The City of Coconut Creek will launch a free lecture series focused on sustainability with topics such as water conservation, energy efficiency, composting, alternative transportation, green roofs, sustainable community forests and sustainable gardening. The monthly series begins on October 14, 2009 and runs through May 18, 2010 (no session in December) and will be held [...]

September 26th, 2009 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Events,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Transportation,Water management | Read More »

Davie creates new green committee

The Davie Town Council recently voted to create and implement the Green Energy and Environmental Committee (GEEC). This committee was created to advise the Town Council about environmental protection, resource conservation, and energy efficiency matters, as well as to promote environmental programs and to educate the community. According to Town Administrator Gary Shimun, “Davie has [...]

July 2nd, 2009 | Posted in Environmental | Read More »

Local businesses to get green awards

The Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department will recognize several local businesses for their outstanding environmentally-responsible business practices. Each business will receive an Emerald Award for their exceptional efforts in protecting the environment. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners will present trophies to the winners at a special ceremony followed by a [...]

April 18th, 2009 | Posted in Environmental,Events | Read More »

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