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Celebrating Solar

Celebrating Solar

DECO Resources was founded with a mission to provide environmentally sustainable solutions for businesses and residents. We believe that it is possible for the built environment to enhance, not hurt, the natural world. Our unique green design process starts with environmental analysis of air, soil, and water to assess potential contamination. Next, we engineer solutions...
Conclusion of the Netgreen Project

Conclusion of the Netgreen Project

Over the past year, we have been promoting the Netgreen program. After compiling results from two rounds of testing, we are excited to move forward with a fully developed design. Among improvements to the program, the most notable change is that we will be dropping the name “Netgreen” altogether. To better serve our clients, the program will...
SolarFest 2014

SolarFest 2014

Saturday marked the summer solstice, or longest day of the year. It also marked Pittsburgh’s first festival to celebrate solar power. The event, called SolarFest, was held in Millvale’s Riverfront Park and DECO’s team was there to present the Solar Water Garden prototype . DECO’s Engineering Team poses at our table with the Solar Water Garden prototype The...
The Natural Gas Debate Continues

The Natural Gas Debate Continues

What really happened in Harrisburg on Friday, May 23rd? According to one news source, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett issued an order “prohibiting leasing for natural gas development in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forest”. Another source claimed that the governor “lifted a ban on new oil and gas leases in state forests.” So, which was it? Did Corbett prohibit gas leasing...
Shedding Light on Lighting

Shedding Light on Lighting

“You don’t notice lighting until it’s gone,” says local lighting consultant and owner of LED Light Shed, Barry Stolar. But once you take notice, there can be a lot to learn about lighting. Last week, I visited the certified LEED Platinum office of the Green Building Alliance to participate in an energy audit. During the audit,...
Energy Audit

Energy Audit

An energy audit is not typically something that brings the community together. The Green Building Alliance, however, is not your typical organization. This week, they brought in Cindy Bittel and Tom Cosgro of sustainability consulting firm RCx Building Diagnostics. Ruth Maust of the GBA also invited the local community to participate in the process and I was...
All is Well That Ends Well

All is Well That Ends Well

Pittsburgh has long been at the epicenter of global energy production. From the first commercial oil well, just north of the city in Titusville, to America’s rise to the top as the world’s leading natural gas producer, the Pittsburgh region has yielded tremendous influence over the Oil & Gas industry. Likewise, the Oil & Gas...