ecobroker: Green Drinks Tallahassee - the date has moved! - 07/11/08 04:00 AM
For newbies and old-timers alike, Tallahassee Green Drinks has moved to the last Wednesday of the month (from the 3rd Wednesday).  If you have not yet been to one, it is a great place for networking with other green-minded folks!

Every month there is a different speaker from one of many areas of sustainability. Usually, folks have time to get there, settle down, mingle, listen to a speaker for a short presentation, and then continue to enjoy the evening for an hour to three more..!

The last Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm- ??
Formal introductions … (0 comments)

ecobroker: Green Trends 2008 - 07/06/08 01:48 PM
Coming up in less than a month is the 2008 Green Trends Conference and Trade Show!
July 30th - August 2nd at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida
This year promises to be really exciting as we face the reality that green building may soon be the only building that gets done.
In addition to exciting building news, seminars, products and events, there will be a live music performance by the Charlie Daniels Band!
For more information, check out the Southeast Building Conference website.
Alex Mordas, M.Sc. EcoBroker® & REALTOR® LEED for homes, Field Agent … (13 comments)

ecobroker: Tallahassee's most desirable neighborhoods - 07/06/08 07:31 AM
Interestingly, in Tallahassee, were you to poll homelookers in the last few years on where they would most want to live, you would probably hear a long list of high-end neighborhoods on the far, far outskirts of town.
Not any more. As gas prices continue to increase, even the more affluent of us are getting hurt at the pump and starting to question our long commutes and arduous trips to the grocery stores. We are slowly, but surely, starting to see a revitalization and renewed interest in our more centrally-located nieghborhoods. Urban infill is becoming a part of our vocabulary. … (2 comments)

ecobroker: Progress Energy's Green, Solar & Gas Rebates - 07/01/08 01:59 PM
Due to numerous requests from folks for this information, I contacted Progress Energy to see if I could get a compiled overview of their rebates and green incentives. The following is their response:
Rebates and financial incentives covered are as follows:
1)  Home Energy Check
2)  Duct Check
3)  Duct Repair
4)  Insulation check
5)  Heat Pump (HVAC) rebate program
6)  Water Heater Check
7)  Efficient Windows
8)  Energy Wise (solar comes in here)
9)  Seasonal Rate info
10) Surge Protection

1) Home Energy Check This is a comprehensive residential energy evaluation program. The program provides … (7 comments)

ecobroker: Thomasville's organic market - 07/01/08 09:36 AM

Thomasville, GA is a beautiful town and a lovely place to visit with the family for short shopping trips, or fine dining.
Not only is it full of one-of-a-kind boutique shops, restaurants, and old-south charm, but Thomasville also is host to many fine markets, fairs, and events.

Thursdays from 11am-2pm, Thomasville is host to the downtown organic market featuring fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, dairy, baked goods, coffees and more!
In the breezeway at Jackson & Crawford Sts (beside Thomasville Visitor's Center).
According to their website, the market will open on the following dates:


ecobroker: Free Home Energy Audit - 06/24/08 02:01 PM
With all of the different options out there for going green and all of the ideas about where it is most cost-effective to invest in improvements, what and who are we supposed to buy or believe!?
While nothing is going to be as comprehensive and beneficial to you as a full on class 1 Home Energy Rating (HERS), here's a simple and free online energy audit that might help point you in the right direction:

Free Home Energy Audit
Alex Mordas, M.Sc. EcoBroker® & REALTOR® LEED for homes, Field Agent Green Home Certifying Agent, FGBC (850) … (8 comments)

ecobroker: Tallahassee's Green Realtor® - 06/24/08 12:41 PM
Thinking about buying or selling a home..? Working with an EcoBroker® is about much more than just green. As a REALTOR®, with the additional designation of an EcoBroker®, I bring value-added knowledge to the sale or purchase of any home.

Use my services in the purchase or sale of your home.

Call me today to set up an appointment: (850) 559-4976
Alex Mordas, M.Sc. EcoBroker® & REALTOR® LEED for homes, Field Agent Green Home Certifying Agent, FGBC (850) 559-4976
Referrals are an important part of my business. If you or someone … (0 comments)

ecobroker: Green Drinks - June - 06/22/08 02:11 AM

Green drinks! This Wednesday at 5:30pm. To be held at the usual location: Waterworks bar, 1133 Thomasville Rd.
Everyone welcome! For those who have not yet been to one, it is a stimulating mix of folks from all walks of life - the common thread being that (in one way or another) we are all interested in creating a greener future for our community. Come network. Come chat. Come find out what green events, initiatives or businesses are growing right here in Tallahassee!
This weeks speaker is going to be Sustainable … (5 comments)

ecobroker: Rainwater Collection, Rain Gardens and Green Roofs... - 06/16/08 07:52 AM

For many of us, rain gardens, green roofs, and rainwater collection systems are awfully fun to think about, stand out as being exceptionally green, and yet we've never really seen any of them in action..!?
As popular of an idea as rainwater collection is, very few people are actually installing or using these systems. Why not?
Who knows..!?
Maybe because we don't know enough about them...  Maybe because we don't see a direct benefit in terms of dollar savings...
Most of us would probably put changing lightbulbs, changing out windows, adding insulation as priorities well … (7 comments)

ecobroker: The logic behind energy-efficient improvements... - 06/16/08 07:22 AM
Thinking about upgrading your old (or new) home..?
Wondering what the difference is in cost between your current home payments and your future costs if you invest in Energy-Star appliances, upgraded insulation, windows, etc..?

Here's the plain and simple logic:
Home costs = mortgage + utilities
(sure there are other payments in there, but let's keep this simple)
If your utility bills are high, but you bought a cheap house, you might be paying close to the cost of owning an expensive home with low-to-no utility costs!
Let's look at the chart:
On the X-axis … (2 comments)

ecobroker: Habitat for Humanity Builds LEED® certified homes - 06/15/08 03:08 AM
Habitat for Humanity, in Tallahassee, FL, is currently in the process of obtaining LEED® certification for a home they are building. The home is sponsored by the Brinkmeyer Family and the Episcopalian and Methodist Communities.
This is the first LEED® certified (or any green certified) building to be built by Big Bend Habitat for Humanity. With a focus on energy-efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental impact, this is going to be a great example of how green can be accessible for low-income housing. Let's hope we see many more of these to come!
For more info on this, or … (3 comments)

ecobroker: FGBC/TBA Green Council meeting was a big success! - 06/12/08 09:12 AM
The Tallahassee Green Building Council (GBC) meeting that I wrote about a few days ago was a great success!
The place was packed with builders, realtors, home inspectors, and other professionals coming to learn more about the Florida Green Building Coalition Green Home Standards certification. Many had already had a little experience and were there for networking purposes. Others were new, or relatively new, to green building and were coming to learn about associated costs, obstacles, and what types of market advantage green homes might have.
Suzanne Cook, of the Florida Green Building Coalition, gave a great presentation and … (0 comments)

ecobroker: Guilt Free Disposables... Why use anything else!?! - 06/10/08 10:07 AM

For those of you who have read the lazy environmentalist - or at least heard of him - this local company provides a product that epitomizes that approach... one, which I have to admit, I vastly prefer over the old image of green involving extra work, time, thought, and cost.

Located in Tallahassee, FL, Bioplastic Supply (BPS) provides all sorts of high-quality, biodegradable alternatives to traditional disposable plates, cups, containers, bags, and cutlery.

Now, when you want to have that wedding and cater to a couple hundred friends and family AND get started on the right foot by … (4 comments)

ecobroker: Downtown recycling pilot - 06/10/08 08:55 AM

In a collaborative effort, the city of Tallahassee, is now offering a new recycling program for downtown businesses - I've heard through the grapevine, but not yet confirmed that this offer can include businesses located outside of the target zone also! So definitely call if you are interested!!
The downtown area, defined for this program includes all businesses located within the confines of Gaines, Tennessee, Gadsden and Bronough.
Businesses wanting recycling services may register and receive a 96-gallon recycling bin for weekly pickup. Recyclable materials included in this program are as follows:
Paper and cardboard … (2 comments)

ecobroker: Community Gardens in Tallahassee - 06/09/08 04:25 PM

I recently became aware of the Damayan Garden Project (DGP). This is a great group of individuals - primarily commited volunteers - that work in Tallahassee to create a more liveable community.
The DGP focuses on three core area: Edible Schoolyards, Family Gardens for low-income families, and Community Gardens.  If you want more information, or are interested in getting involved, go to their website at: or on their myspace site:
Alex Mordas, M.Sc. EcoBroker® & REALTOR® LEED for homes, Field Agent Green Home Certifying Agent, FGBC (850) 559-4976
Referrals are an important part of … (0 comments)

ecobroker: Sustainable Tallahassee Grand Kickoff - 05/20/08 04:07 AM
Sustainable Tallahassee, formally Greenovation, a brainchild of the Knight Creative Community Initiative, is holding a formal kickoff this Thursday, May 22nd at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. Everyone is invited!
Sustainable Tallahassee is intended to serve as the vehicle for sustainable development and positive economic growth in Tallahassee and nearby. Its primary goal: make Tallahassee a leading center for green technology, business, and living!!!
If you are interested in sustainability or green, for any reason, then you don't want to miss this fantastic opportunity to network and meet new green-minded community leaders.
From … (2 comments)

ecobroker: Green Drinks Tallahassee #3 - 05/14/08 04:15 AM
It's that time again!!!
Green Drinks Tallahassee is having it's third meeting, Wednesday 21st of May, 5:30pm - as late as you like!
Waterworks Bar
1133 Thomasville Rd.
Tallahassee, FL

Alex Mordas, M.Sc. EcoBroker® & REALTOR® LEED for homes, Field Agent Green Home Certifying Agent, FGBC (850) 559-4976
Referrals are an important part of my business. If you or someone you know is in need of real estate services, please give me a call.  Thank you.

ecobroker: Green Lodging Florida - 05/10/08 05:19 AM
This is a topic I have been meaning to write about since the first week or so that I was writing my blog... Green Hotels!?
It almost sounds like a joke, but the Green Lodging program by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is actually far from that. According to the University of Florida's TREEO "The Florida Green Lodging Program is an effort by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to encourage the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources."
Now, with state employees required to stay at Green Lodging certified hotels when using state monies, this … (2 comments)

ecobroker: Solar Companies in Tallahassee - 05/08/08 02:05 PM
Whether you are looking for solar panels to supply enough energy to power your business, or simply
a solar hot water system to offset your utility bills, the options abound here in Tallahassee..!
Simpler Solar Systems3118 West Tharpe StreetTallahassee, Florida 32303 (850)
According to SS:
"SIMPLER SOLAR SYSTEMS is a consulting, engineering, manufacturing, and services company providing unique technical services in the energy, electrification and environmental fields. The company is primarily involved with supplying both remote and urban areas with photovoltaic (PV) electrical energy systems and with compatible high-efficiency appliances (including specialized electrical equipment) eliminating or minimizing the need for fossil-fueled generator systems." … (0 comments)

ecobroker: Gardening Tallahassee - 05/06/08 03:16 PM
It's still not too hot to get outside and enjoy the beautiful springtime Tallahassee weather. My deck is now finished, my BBQ is up and cooking every day, and my mind is wandering to gardening ideas more and more while I cook for my wife and kids... Here are three little thoughts that came to mind that might be worth sharing:
Rain GardensButterfly/Hummingbird gardening Natural Lawncare  
 First off, Rain Gardens... what are these you are probably asking..!? Well, good question. Rain gardens, simply put, are an area of your yard set up to catch and termporarily hold storm water and runoff. The idea … (2 comments)


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