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    Tyra Oldham: The Role of Business Intelligence

    Published May 20, 2013

    By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds


    As businesses search for new solutions when margins and cost management is a necessary factor under scrutiny. The answer lies in  efficiency, resource and vertical integration to leverage profit, productivity, efficiency and business growth.

    The use of Business Intelligence (BI) is key to determining impact, risk, gaps, constraints, opportunities and innovation within departments, teams, systems, processes, platforms, programs and operations. BI can shape companies to new highs in an intelligence age where the management of knowledge is vital to sustainability. Think government purchasing which is online, dynamic, interactional with high capital (intellectual, economic and human) demands. Consider the importance of analytics in the capture of information for smooth and tactical decisions, as well as processes and systems are integral to technological interface. BI looks across these platform for effective strategies to success and connect the dots.

    LAND sds views BI is critical and tactical to competitive advantage. LAND sds is a company's third party intelligence partner and source for growth, projects and programs to establish your next profit center to gain competitive leverage.

    Contact us at for your one hour presentation on BI significance to sustainability.


    LAND sds Managing Sustainable Change

    Published April 5, 2013



    LAND sds' role in the ecosystem is to promote sustainability and sustainable conversion for organizational growth, profitability, quality and efficiency. The task to sustainability starts uniquely with the step toward considering meaning, implication and impact on the organization and supply chain.


    LAND sds supports organizations through our management of organizational change, feasibility, research, analyses and planning. These tools provide a structure, road map and acumen to the construction of a sustainable organization. The process is collaborative and reflective of the organization's culture.


    With this mission we have structured other services that fit distinctively within the mastery of sustainability. We look forward to serving and providing a level of intelligence, rigor and benefit that is exclusively ours to provide. Contact LAND sds to learn more on our strategy, management and consulting at




    Minneapolis Promoting Commercial Building Standards



    By Tyra Oldham, LAND sds News, February 5, 2013


    Commercial buildings produce the most emissions. Regulation on building energy and measuring consumption data can support efficiencies through data analysis.  City's engaging in high order management and measurement can drive smart cities.  The story from Midwest Energy News on “Minneapolis plan aims to let market drive efficiency” is one start to adoptive change.


    “The City Council’s energy and environment committee unanimously passed a proposal Monday (video) to require large commercial building owners to annually measure and report energy consumption data.”

    “Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who proposed the ordinance, said it’s about using market forces to capitalize on the “untapped potential” of commercial building energy savings.”

    “The intent of this ordinance is to use market force — not performance or design mandates — to increase energy efficiency in existing commercial and city-owned buildings,” said Brendon Slotterback, the city’s sustainability program coordinator. “It’s also intended to provide consistent, transparent reporting on energy and water use data, not just to owners and managers, but to tenants, potential tenants and the public at large.”

    “It’s also designed to promote green job growth. Slotterback said energy service companies in cities with similar ordinances have seen up to 30 percent increases in activity as building owners sought to improve their scores.”

    “The proposal originated from a Twin Cities green jobs committee called Thinc.Green, which is made up of business, union, nonprofit and city leaders from Minneapolis and St. Paul. It’s modeled after similar ordinances in half a dozen other cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Austin, Texas. In the Midwest, Chicago is also considering a commercial benchmarking and disclosure policy.”

    The adoption of standards that measure and reward planning will improve a city’s energy, emissions and infrastructure producing efficiencies in resources and development leading to jobs, innovation, growth,  cost reductions and livable cities. Sustainable cities will be demanded to be livable, safe and healthy.


    LAND sds Wishes all Around the World Happy New Year



    January 1, 2013


    We at LAND sds wish all around the world Happy New Year and a sustainable 2013. It is our hope that the economic, environment and events of 2012 can be made better in 2013 for a thriving future.

    LAND seeks to be a supportive player in the development of cities, organizations and leaders in the quest and attainment of a sustainable 2013 to 2030. The road of success is enabled if we are to be sustainable.

    Let us forge forward on the road to economic, environmental, efficient, energy rich and effective change developing a sustainable world for our families, businesses and governments.

    We welcome 2013!


    Tyra Oldham, PhD, MBA, ceo of LAND sds 


    Energy Projections Knowledge is King



    By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, November 21, 2012



    The U.S. Energy Information Administration produced the "U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) Annual Energy Outlook 2012". The ability to use raw data to identify trends is necessary to valuing the safety, efficacy and utility of energy platform.

    "The rate of growth in energy use slows over the projection period, reflecting moderate population growth, an extended economic recovery, and increasing energy efficiency in end-use applications

    Overall U.S. energy consumption grows at an average annual rate of 0.3 percent from 2010 through 2035 in the AEO2012 Reference case. The U.S. does not return to the levels of energy demand growth experienced in the 20 years prior to the 2008- 2009 recession, because of more moderate projected economic growth and population growth, coupled with increasing levels of energy efficiency. For some end uses, current Federal and State energy requirements and incentives play a continuing role in requiring more efficient technologies. Projected energy demand for transportation grows at an annual rate of 0.1 percent from 2010 through 2035 in the Reference case, and electricity demand grows by 0.7 percent per year, primarily as a result of rising energy consumption in the buildings sector. Energy consumption per capita declines by an average of 0.6 percent per year from 2010 to 2035 (Figure 1). The energy intensity of the U.S. economy, measured as primary energy use in British thermal units (Btu) per dollar of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2005 dollars, declines by an average of 2.1 percent per year from 2010 to 2035. New Federal and State policies could lead to further reductions in energy consumption. The potential impact of technology change and the proposed vehicle fuel efficiency standards on energy consumption are discussed in “Issues in focus.”

    Domestic crude oil production increases


    "Domestic crude oil production has increased over the past few years, reversing a decline that began in 1986. U.S. crude oil production increased from 5.0 million barrels per day in 2008 to 5.5 million barrels per day in 2010. Over the next 10 years, continued development of tight oil, in combination with the ongoing development of offshore resources in the Gulf of Mexico, pushes domestic crude oil production higher. Because the technology advances that have provided for recent increases in supply are still in the early stages of development, future U.S. crude oil production could vary significantly, depending on the outcomes of key uncertainties related to well placement and recovery rates. Those uncertainties are highlighted in this Annual Energy Outlook’s “Issues in focus” section, which includes an article examining impacts of uncertainty about current estimates of the crude oil and natural gas resources. The AEO2012 projections considering variations in these variables show total U.S. crude oil production in 2035 ranging from 5.5 million barrels per day to 7.8 million barrels per day, and projections for U.S. tight oil production from eight selected plays in 2035 ranging from 0.7 million barrels per day to 2.8 million barrels per day."

    It is important to ascertain the relevant data in energy in a "Big Data" world. The avalanche of data can cripple an organization without the ability to determine what are the kernels and nuggets to advance a high level of energy efficiency, functionality and accessible. The analytics of energy is yet to be optimized to decode the messages to secure a high order systems that can lead to efficiencies, return on investment and stakeholder benefit.   


    Homes for Living Efficiently




    By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LAND sds, November 19, 2012


    To have landscape, energy efficiency and clean energy is synthesizing  beauty, environment, ecology and energy for efficient living. The article from Fresh Home in  "Energy-Efficient Residence in Spain Inspiring Healthy Modern Living" exposes the nuances of living well and efficiently.

    Images provided by Fresh Home"Duque y Zamora Arquitectos completed the design for a generously-sized modern home in Villanueva de Pría, Spain. The residence pays tribute to energy efficiency and sustainability. Part of a joint project that includes three other houses, Villa EntreEncinas consists of a compact volume, partially hidden in the steep terrain. To the south, there is a solar collector, which sits on the flat area of the plot. Its height does not exceed that of the surrounding treetops."

    "According to the architects, the materials used for the construction were non-toxic, with a low environmental impact for a healthy indoor environment, mostly of organic origin and 100% renewable: “laminated wood for prefabricated structures, insulation cork for façade and roof, cellular glass insulation under slab, piping, wiring and electrical equipment polypropylene lime plaster facade, roof garden, PVC curtains and blinds, and natural limestone flooring and bamboo“."

    There is another form of living that embraces nature, living and efficiency- sustainable construction. Often, upwardly mobile living is cookie cutter, land seizing, limiting space and diminishing the opportunity of ecological scapes that galvanize and harness potential for healthy in-and-outdoor living. Any movement to sustainable living  is a building opportunity for present and future design.