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Liverpool: Green Like LA

Thumbnail for 1342 Liverpool is going green with the help of Los Angeles. Since the idea that sustainability hinders economic growth has been discredited, Liverpool is following patterns of sustainable development that other major cities (LA, Hamburg, New York, etc.) are following. Several groups including the University of Liverpool and the mayor have enlisted to help with this […]

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Southwest Amps up Sustainability

Thumbnail for 1344 The Southwest is heating up in its sustainable development endeavors thanks to the USGBC. New Mexico’s governor Susana Martinez signed SB 14 on April 1, extending the Sustainable Building Tax Credit and creating $12 million for single-family residential green construction and an additional $3 million for commercial and multifamily opportunities. Nevada’s AB33 became a law […]

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What is Investing in Sustainable Development?

Thumbnail for 1346 Sustainable development used to be just a phrase – now it’s the expectation. Every industry actively engages in increasing its sustainability strategies that solar power, waste reduction, and different measures to reduce carbon emissions have become the norm. In real estate, sustainable developments means to meet the needs and objectives of the present while encouraging […]

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Defining Sustainable Buildings

Thumbnail for 1348 The industry of sustainable development boomed several years ago and has since become a major target for environmentalists, architects, and businesspeople. A variety of standards to pass a building’s sustainable standards have been created and widely promoted, even. However, defining a building as being truly sustainable has become somewhat of a challenge, as the multiple […]

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5 Clean Energy Options for Your Home

Thumbnail for 1350 More and more homes in the U.S. are green-ifying themselves to minimize utility costs and participate in environmental friendliness. Installing solar panels or investing in better insulating materials are popular methods of going green, but the high initial costs of installation scare homeowners, despite their long-term returns. Below are 5 options the average homeowner could […]

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Building Performance Evaluations = The New Last Step?

Thumbnail for 1352 Buildings are now under greater scrutiny for energy performance as the green building and sustainable development industries grow. Previously, buildings have consumed double or more of the energy that they were designed to produce or conserve. This “energy performance gap” has led to the building efficiency checking phenomenon. Investors in sustainable construction or other related […]

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NRDC and BNSF Collide

Thumbnail for 1354 The Natural Resources Defense Council and the BNSF Railway company are butting heads in court on account of “environmental racism.” After having received approval from the Los Angeles City Council to construct a $500 million project, BNSF planned to begin construction on its shortcut for trucks travelling from cargo ships to rail lines. Named the […]

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Energy Efficiency, the Future of Investment

Thumbnail for 1356 A recent report published by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Initiative for Global Environment Leadership shed light on the growing interest in green building in the United States. Proven statistics of energy efficiency directly correlating to cost reduction has made investing in small steps toward efficiency an appealing business decision. […]

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SF and Sacramento Best for Energy-Efficient Homes

Thumbnail for 1358 Two of the best areas for energy-efficient homes in the nation are right in California. San Francisco and Sacramento, alongside Alexandra, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts, have been named the best four “towns” in overall energy efficiency. Each of these locations have become leaders in promoting eco-friendliness and green building. For further information, visit here.  

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Kaiser Permanente Going Green and LEED Gold

Thumbnail for 1360 Kaiser Permanente announced that all of its new hospitals and major construction projects must meet LEED Gold standards. Approximately $30 billion are expected to be invested in ensuring new and existing projects meet the environmental standards. Hospitals are a large contributor to climate change, consuming nearly double the energy office buildings (of comparable size) do. […]

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Green Building May Not Cost More

Thumbnail for 1362 A study completed by the World Green Building Council shows that the costs of building green may not actually be as high as commonly accepted. The 124-page study shows that “higher costs” does not apply to every single aspect of the building and where they are in fact higher, costs are not extremely so. One […]

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Ocean Special Area Management Plan

Thumbnail for 1364 One week ago, the Department of the Interior announced that it would hold an auction for approximately 164,750 acres of Rhode Island and Massachusetts land for commercial wind energy leasing on July 31. As a result of that decision, Rhode Island created the Ocean Special Area Management Plan, a tool managed by the University of […]

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MIT Mapdwell Project: The Future of Green

Thumbnail for 1366 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently made public The Mapdwell Project, a coming-together of tools and resources that will provide users with updated, quality information in raising awareness of sustainability. The project, which received attention from TED’s urban innovation website www.thecity2.org, currently only has one module available. Named the “Solar System” module, this interface allows […]

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Retail and Hotel Owners Greener

Thumbnail for 1368 A study put together by McGraw Hill Construction and Waste Management (titled “Green Retail and Hospitality: Capitalizing on the Growth in Green Building Investments) indicates that the retail and hospitality sectors are investing more in green building. Approximately 38%  of retail owners have or have made a majority of their building possessions “green” buildings, meaning […]

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Fur Fashion for Buildings Too?

Thumbnail for 1370 An interesting new idea for the future of green building put out by Stockholm-based architecture firm Belatchew could change the way entire cities look. The Swedish company suggested the installation of millions of piezoelectric straws on to the surfaces of skyscrapers. Upon receiving vibrational force, the straws could convert that energy into electric currents. So […]

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San Bernardino County Offers HERO

Thumbnail for 1374 San Bernardino County voted to give residents and businesses within the county the opportunity to choose the HERO Financing Program. This program allows property owners to install a variety of efficient and green utilities such as solar panels, efficient windows and doors, etc. Launched in December of 2011, the HERO Program has had success catering […]

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NYC CTEC Cultures Sustainable Businesses

Thumbnail for 1376 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently approved the Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center (NYC CTEC) to support budding businesses that will improve urban sustainability, energy, and resilience. Slated to officially open this fall, the 10,000 square foot space will host up to 20 startups focusing on energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainability. The center will operated […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Hurt Sustainable Development

Thumbnail for 1378 Sustainable development may be in danger of a rude awakening, according to Professor John Echeverria of Vermont Law School. On June 25, the Supreme Court decided on Koontz v. St John’s River Water Management District, a property rights issue based in Florida. The ruling was 5-4 in favor of Koontz, a man who sought to […]

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