Sep. 11, 2015

Boise Heats Up from the Ground Up

by Marissa Lovell

If you spend a day in downtown Boise, you don’t have to look far to spot the city’s unique features. Vibrant murals animate empty alleys, lush trees shelter bustling neighborhoods and the Boise River winds through the heart of the city; all of which is nestled below scenic foothills. Urban yet organic, one of Boise’s best-kept secrets is out of sight – flowing right beneath our feet.

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Dec. 10, 2015

Boise State Installs Solar Panels

by Brady W Moore, Boise State University

A section of roof on top of Boise State University’s Micron Business and Economics Building will soon harness the power of the sun. New solar panels being installed this month will have the capacity to produce 25 kilowatts of power, or the equivalent of energy used by about five households. 

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Oct. 29, 2014

CSHQA & RC Bigelow Tea Honored with 2014 EnviroGuard Award

Mayor David Bieter presented EnviroGuard Sustainability Awards to local architecture firm CSHQA and RC Bigelow Tea Company. “The EnviroGuard Awards are a great way to spread the word that sustainable practices are not just good for the environment, they’re good business,” Mayor Bieter said. “This year’s winners are wonderful examples for other companies looking to make their businesses more sustainable, innovative and cost-efficient.” Since 1989, EnviroGuards have been presented to more than 50 local businesses and organizations who engage in innovative sustainable practices and work to reduce their environmental footprint, enhancing our quality of life.
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Jul. 23, 2015

Crews Begin Ambitious Boise Project to Upgrade Vista Neighborhood House

Remodeling crews were out early Thursday morning, beginning the task of ripping out floor boards and counter tops from a rather nondescript home on the 2100 block of Boise's Atlantic Avenue. At first (and second and third) look at the single-level, three bedroom, one bath house, it is only one of scores of homes lining Atlantic Street in Boise's Vista neighborhood. But in fact, it will soon become a centerpiece of the city's ambitious Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative.

Soon enough, the Boise City-owned home, which was built in 1961, will be stripped and gutted and upgraded into what city officials say will be a "low cost/no cost" project that will introduce energy efficiency and sustainability to the neighborhood.

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