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Friday, April 21, 2017

Small Business Energy Efficiency Water Conservation and Waste Management



baseline energy and water consumption benchmark performance and best practices
Energy Efficiency is the least expensive solution for simultaneously saving energy, money and creating jobs, lower utility bills, contribute to cleaner air and the protection of human health. Small businesses play a key role in in the national energy economy, as over half the population works in a small business.
Baseline Energy and Water consumption are key to understanding how your property currently uses these resources as well as to benchmark performance, implement energy-saving improvements and engage in best practices in the areas of operations and maintenance, heating and cooling, lighting and the use of office equipment, communications and education, among others.

If Your Energy Operating Costs are Higher than Profit there is Room for Improvement
Small Businesses come in a variety of sizes; 52 percent are home-based while others own or rent commercial building space. Whether you own your building, are a tenant, or work from home, you need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for equipment, and other energy services. Small business owners are awakening to the potential savings from energy management; 82 percent have already taken at least one step to reduce energy use.
Entrepreneurs local governments and nonprofits achieve financial returns from superior energy management and continuously striving to improve performance. Success is based on regularly assessing energy performance and implementing steps to save money.
Connect with Tema for Energy Water and Waste Solutions
Tema is implementing projects in selected small towns, main streets and historic districts around the United States that focus on tourism, energy efficiency and water conservation in museums, breweries, vineyards/wineries, hotels and other accommodation venues visited by our travel clients.
Participating Local Businesses are provided with a no cost proposal to implement energy savings and water conservation measures.


Ask about Our No Cost Solutions for Your Small Business

The Size and Complexity of the energy efficiency projects your business undertakes is the main factor in deciding who manages project implementation. For something as simple as replacing HVAC filters or replacing incandescent lamps with LEDs, your team can do the work whereas designing and replacing a lighting system will likely require outside expertise and services.
Waste Management manufacturing activities and commercial buildings are responsible for nearly half of the 150 million tons of waste that wind up in incinerators or landfills each year. Tracking waste is an important step in reducing it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Energy Codes Compliance



Tools to Boost Employment Reduce Pollution and Increase Energy Independence
Energy Codes are an affordable and effective mechanism for increasing the long-term efficiency of buildings. The concept entails a minimum level of cost-effective and energy-efficient technologies to reduce utility bills for consumers and businesses.
Definitions building energy codes are managed at the state and local levels and are defined as the minimum energy efficiency requirements for new or renovated buildings. Standards cover building envelope - walls, roofs, windows, lighting, water heating, and space conditioning. They are intended to ensure sound design and construction practices.
Connect with Tema for Energy Water and Waste Solutions

Tema is implementing projects in selected small towns, main streets and historic districts around the United States that focus on tourism, energy efficiency and water conservation in museums, breweries, vineyards/wineries, hotels and other accommodation venues visited by our travel clients.

Participating Local Businesses are provided with a no cost proposal to implement energy savings and water conservation measures. tema@arezza.net skype arezza1
Ask about Our No Cost Solutions to Your Small Business
Benefits building operations consume 38 percent of total U.S. energy spending. Code applications lead to energy independence and reduced emissions of harmful pollutants. 
Every Dollar Spent Yields $6 in Energy Savings
Compliance most jurisdictions lack the necessary training and enforcement resources to ensure compliance. Full compliance with energy codes would produce significant annual and cumulative energy savings. The average American household spends $2,150 each year on home energy bills. Meeting the energy standards in building codes typically cut costs by 15 percent or more.



Tasks high levels of code compliance can be achieved by:
o   maintaining existing budgets for building departments
o   supporting strict and uniform enforcement of building energy codes
o   applying training tools in building departments and by design professionals
o   communicating the value of codes and standards to the public and to local utilities.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Riding the Empire Builder Train from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest



La Crosse Red Wing St Paul Portland and Seattle
The Empire Builder travels daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail with views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota plains, the Big Sky country in Montana and Glacier National Park. Seattle is reached via Spokane; alternatively, the train follows the Columbia River Gorge toward Portland.

The National Park Service and Amtrak Trails & Rails Natural and Cultural Heritage
The Train Service runs in both directions and travel time is 45 hours at an average speed of 50 mph - 80 km/h. Inaugurated in 1929, the Empire Builder was named in honor of James J Hill and is the most popular long-distance train in the Amtrak system with 65% of operating costs covered by fare revenue. Ridership is nearly 500 thousand passengers/year.
Bike Racks are Installed Aboard the Empire Builder
Recommended Town Visits and Stopovers
La Crosse is located at the intersection of the Black, La Crosse and Mississippi rivers in Western Wisconsin in a broad plain between the river bank and the tall bluffs typical of the Driftless area. It was named from the game with sticks - lacrosse in French - played by local Native Americans. It was further settled during the middle of the 19th century with completion of the La Crosse & Milwaukee Railroad.
The River Towns of southeast Minnesota are located 60 miles from the Twin Cities. Winona is an arts and cultural center with three major galleries that hold works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet that depict lakes, oceans and rivers. The Garvin Heights overlook features panoramic views of the town and Mississippi River Valley. Follow the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway to New Ulm and experience Old World German heritage through unique architecture, restaurants and shops selling German imports, from chocolates to cuckoo clocks. A traditional Glockenspiel features figures from the town’s history.
Red Wing is in the Mississippi River Valley flanked by rolling bluffs. The town is a leading manufacturer of leather, pottery and Red Wing Shoes and is named for the Native American Chief who first met a US Army Officer in 1805. Tucked between bluffs and the river, Red Wing has many historic Victorian properties and farmhouses, including the St James hotel that dates to the 1880s. It overlooks the Mississippi River near the 1904 Amtrak Depot, home to an art gallery and a visitor center.

Minnesota means clear blue water from the Dakota language. Nearly 60 percent of the population lives in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the center of transportation, business, industry, education, government and an internationally renowned arts community. The remainder of the Land of 10,000 Lakes consists of western prairies, forests in the southeast and mining, forestry, and recreation.




Travel Duration 12 nights and 13 days. Up to four cities stays of your choice and duration on either or both the east and westbound run of the Empire Builder. Group Size Minimum 4, Maximum 50 persons.
Cost/Person USD 2940 for adults age 19 to 64 USD 2340 for seniors 65+ and children under 18.
Information for Booking First and Last Name, Passport Number, Expiration date and Issuing country, Date of birth, Email address.
Included Travel between cities and states that are part of the itinerary, 12 lunches and dinners, accommodations in double occupancy with breakfast for ten nights, applicable local and state taxes, 12 one-half day sightseeing events, local transport services.
Excluded Evening entertainment and transport to tour location start and from tour ending location.
Day/time Day to day programs and specific events at each location, as well as the sequence of the tour stops, will be finalized with the participation of the clients after details on family/group composition have been determined to take-into-account client priorities and preferences.
Reductions Children under the age of 18 and seniors over the age of 65 traveling with parents and/or guardians, staying in the same hotel room receive a 20 percent discount.
Environment Friendly Destinations and Vacations
Portland is located between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean at the northern end of the Willamette Valley and river which flows through the city and links with the Columbia River. The citizens and their local government are notable for: land-use planning, local transport, environment conscious policies, high walkability, a large number bicyclists and ten thousand acres of public parks Read More



 
Neighborhoods Planning Development Sustainability and Local Transport
Seattle’s first major industry was logging; by the late 19th century the city also became a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. In the 1940s, Boeing established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing and, beginning in the 1980s, the area developed as a technology center with companies like Microsoft and Amazon.