WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 9, 2009 – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced the passage of a sweeping package of bills that will greatly increase the energy efficiency of New York City’s commercial building stock, saving consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs and creating thousands of jobs.

The legislation, a group of four bills known as the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, was enacted as part of the city’s PlaNYC commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Each of the bills passed with overwhelming majorities, with two achieving unanimous support. Major provisions of the legislation include:

  • Annual ENERGY STAR performance benchmarking and public disclosure of energy and water information for public buildings and large private buildings;
  • nergy audits and retrocommissioning for large buildings once every 10 years;
  • ighting upgrades and the sub-metering of tenant spaces greater than 10,000 square feet in large, privately owned buildings; and
  • he creation of a New York City Energy Code that existing buildings must meet upon renovation.

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Article from Institute of Market Transformation

If your organization wants to save energy, it's important that your staff become aware of the energy consumption that they are responsible for. Simple changes in people's behaviour can quickly lead to significant energy savings, but such changes will only happen if the people are aware of the energy consumption that they have the power to control.

If you can guide and encourage them appropriately, your staff can probably achieve huge cuts in your organization's energy consumption. Everyone knows that saving energy is a good thing, but most people will only be motivated when you can demonstrate just how much energy they are wasting, and just how much potential there is for them to improve.

Essentially you need to raise the energy awareness of your staff. And for this, you need an energy-awareness campaign.

Now, typical preparation for an energy-awareness campaign might begin with a hunt for generic poster facts and figures, and generic pictures of light switches, children hugging trees, and polar bears on melting ice caps etc... But the problem with that approach is that most people have seen it all many times before, and consequently they rarely stop to think about the underlying message...

And, more importantly, there's actually a much better way to encourage the occupants of your building to take action to reduce their energy consumption...

The usual array of clichéd poster facts and figures are not nearly as effective as the targeted facts and figures that are specific to your organization, and that you can easily come up with yourself!

Because the more you can make your energy-awareness message directly relevant to your building, the more that your building's occupants will understand and appreciate it.

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January 21, 2009Westfield Solar

Most tenants leave their green buildings when they return home for the night. But for some renters in San Francisco, the situation is being thrown into reverse. Laramar Property Group, a Chicago-based multifamily property company, is seeking LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance) certification for The Fillmore Center, a sprawling downtown apartment community that is known throughout the city. 

The project is ambitious not only for its size -- 1,100 units in 10 buildings that cover three city blocks -- but also for several matters that are complicating the certification process. 

In most big office buildings, tenants pay a pro-rated share of the total cost of utilities each month, which is known to the landlord. But at Fillmore Center, like many apartment complexes, tenants are billed directly for utilities like heating and electricity. The owner or property manager cannot freely access that information.

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January 20, 2009

Sustainable Energy Partners uses flexible green office space in our new office in New York.

"John Humphrey, a co-founder and co-owner of Sustainable Energy Partners, a clean-energy consulting firm based in San Francisco, recently set up a New York office in Green Desk, the business center in Dumbo."

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December 2008Westfield Solar

Shopping-center owner and operator Westfield hired SEP to develop a 100 kW solar array to its University Town Center asset in San Diego County. SEP provided an apples-to-apples comparison of all of the bid responses to help Westfield choose the highest value and most qualified integrator for the University Town Center in La jolla, CA. SEP also compared the best financiers in the industry to provide a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The solar PV system will provide approximately 50% of the power requirements for the common areas of the mall's ice rink and food court.

June 2008sf solar map

Once again, San Francisco is helping to pave the path to progress.  While many states are beginning to pass solar energy rebate programs to encourage the growth of clean energy in their territory, some cities are beginning to follow suit.  This week, after 8 legislative hearings, San Francisco passed a 10-year solar rebate program for within city boundaries. 

In a statement to the public, Mayor Gavin Newsom said the following: "This rebate program further establishes San Francisco as America's solar energy leader and symbolizes the commitment of the City to make affordable solar power available to those who want it."    This new program will provide between $3000 and $10,000 to entities who install energy. They have budget $3 Million per year for ten years.
Read the press release from assessor-recorder Phil Ting.

May 7, 2008

Knoend and Scully Design invited John Humphrey from Sustainable Energy Partners to come speak about the array of clean energy projects that his company has undertaken. Following the talk, workshop participants will break into small groups to formulate ideas on how to tackle our energy crisis. At the end, each group presents their ideas generated within the hour.


Carbon Harmony
The Green Gorge Pass offsets your share of emissions by 150 percent! Offsetting more emissions than is produced will lead to a net reduction in the atmosphere, and a positive effect on our climate.

Help make a difference in climate change with your Green Gorge Pass. And enjoy the show!

The Green Gorge Pass offsets:

A 400-mile roundtrip
Your share of energy used
An artist's fuel consumption


May 24 - 26, 2008
The Gorge, Washington

We are proud to announce that the 2008 Sasquatch! Music Festival is certified carbon neutral by Sustainable Energy Partners, and made possible by the support of Esurance.

  • All Sasquatch Attendees fuel consumption
  • All energy used at the Gorge Saturday and Sunday
  • All artists fuel consumption
  • All staff vehicles and delivery trucks fuel consumption

This year's show features performances by R.E.M., The Flaming Lips, The Cure, M.I.A, Modest Mouse, Flight of the Conchords, Death Cab for Cutie and many more great acts. Read more...

The Sasquatch Festival

May 26 and 27, 2007
The Gorge, Washington

SEP's Carbon Harmony service offset 125% of the carbon dioxide emitted during the 2 day event in George, Washington. By offsetting more carbon dioxide (CO2) than the festival created, the result is a net reduction in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere which provides a positive effect on our climate.

The Sasquatch Festival wanted to raise the bar on carbon neutrality and compensated for all direct and indirect carbon emissions created from this event.

The show featured performances by Bjork, The Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, Manu Chao, Interpol, Spoon, Dandy Warhols, Neko Case, M.I.A, Ozomatli, and many more great acts.



Energy consultant uses SketchUp to analyze solar panel installations

Oct 26, 2006
By:Kenneth Wong

John Humphrey, who cofounded the San Francisco-based consulting firm Sustainable Energy Partners, is devoted to clean energy pursuits in more ways than one. First and foremost, he's married to a scientist studying solar hydrogen production at Stanford University. He usually pedals his bike from his house near Golden Gate Park to the Mission District across town. From his office in a cafe-lined Bohemian neighborhood, he scrutinizes his clients' building plans and figures out cost-efficient methods to incorporate sustainable energy.

"I rarely receive 3D models from the architects I've worked with," observes Humphrey. "I'm often surprised at how much stuff gets done in 2D in the construction world, even today. ... What we usually do is take a floor plan and extrude up, or an elevation and extrude sideways, then fill in the gaps."


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