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In Industry 01.22.2015

2015 Building Energy Summit: How technology is taking green buildings to the next level

Green is good. It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for business. In the real estate business, having a “green building” means constructing and operating it in a way that benefits the environment—and also benefits the bottom line. Tenants are happier and healthier, leasing rates are higher, and operational expenses are lower.  But there’s only so much energy efficiency that can be achieved through equipment upgrades and behavior modification....

In Industry 01.12.2015

What is PEER?

PEER stands for Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal and it is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance; it's also modeled after LEED. The PEER rating system helps fill a major gap in the smart grid movement, providing an opportunity for power systems to gain competitive advantage by differentiating their performances and demonstrating meaningful outcomes. In the process, the metrics serve as a tool to...

In Industry 12.12.2014

Balancing compelling images and convincing text when promoting your LEED project

Everyone knows the old adage “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” The human brain responds to images differently than it responds to descriptive text. Vivid color, pattern and the suggestion of motion engage our eyes and our minds in ways that words just don’t. Even the most active imagination can’t reliably convert prose to imagery in a way that matches the power of viewing a photo or an illustration. If you’re a creator of original marketing content for a LEED...

In Industry 12.4.2014

Get the facts: how an appliance overhaul can significantly green your home

This article is the fourth installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Check out the first article on behavioral changes you can make to live greener at home, the second article on programmable thermostats, and the third article on energy-efficient lighting. Here's a little piece of green building trivia for you: energy use in homes, buildings and industry account for roughly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to...

In Industry 01.22.2015

AmericanAirlines Arena: First sports venue to achieve LEED Gold recertification

The Miami Heat has never shied away from being the first to try something or set the bar. While most will think this applies only on the court, our continued efforts in environmental sustainability prove that this mindset extends off the basketball court as well. Back in 2009, this put us in a neck-in-neck race with the Atlanta Hawks to become the first NBA facility to earn the prestigious LEED certification. Five years later, the same tenacity gives us the honor of AmericanAirlines Arena...

In Industry 12.19.2014

Greening the global supply chain part 2: Eco-Effectiveness

In the first essay of this series I told you about power that consumers have to shape the manufacturing and product development practices of their favorite brands through broad-based consumer movements. Now let's look at what the scope and goals of such a movement could be. Room for improvement in every industry One of the most interesting aspects of researching this issue has been discovering the scope of the problem—the negative environmental impacts of our current production model, it...

In Industry 12.9.2014

Greening the global supply chain part 1: Building a consumer movement

This holiday season, as we all gather to celebrate the things that truly matter—friends, family, and many other blessings—let us also remember an equally important responsibility that we all share: the continued health of our planet. The holiday season may seem like the perfect time to take a break from worrying about things like climate change, biodiversity loss, the destruction of our oceans etc., but in all reality, we are entering a time period that amounts to our movement...

In Industry 12.4.2014

Vietnam manufacturing facilities: Leading the march for sustainable strategies

Ho Chi Minh City is a place where lessons of culture, history and our global economy are woven into its very fabric. I’m here with UTC Building & Industrial Systems as a part of its fourth annual Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series, and while I’m here to talk about LEED and USGBC to a mix of current and aspiring sustainability experts I’m amazed by how much this city and these people are teaching me about the interplay between sustainability and manufacturing. Here...

In Industry 01.14.2015

Now’s the time to become a LEED professional

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to step up your professional game in 2015? Are you working in a field related to building design or environmental sustainability? Not sure what your next steps should be for making good on your new goal for self-improvement? Well, lucky for you, you've come to the right place.  Here’s what you should know: environmental and sustainability fields are poised for growth in the coming years, and this is sure to drive the demand for LEED...

In Industry 12.12.2014

Sound bites: Telling your sustainability story

Sustainability marketing has evolved into a discipline in and of itself. And this year at Greenbuild 2014, this topic took center stage. Sold-out Greenbuild special set session Marketing + Sustainability: The Tools and Tips to Tell Your Story featured a cross-section of leaders who are engaged in both marketing functions and sustainability-related work. Their conversations spanned the entire lifecycle of sustainability marketing: Why corporate social responsibility and sustainability matter to...

In Industry 12.8.2014

Great Expectations: Live from COP20 in Peru

I am here this week in Peru, a country poised to be a leader in green building and sustainability for all of South America, and the host of this week’s COP20 meeting. This conference—part of the United Nations Environment Programme's Framework Convention on Climate Change—feels decidedly different from previous sessions in Warsaw, Dohah and Durban. The past few weeks have seen a global reaction to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, as well as discussions around 2° C...

In Industry 12.3.2014

How resilience and sustainability are shaping concrete solutions for stronger communities

Globally, so many communities face multidimensional threats, hazards, and disasters. And, as social and economic loss from these impacts continues to increase, development with a renewed focus on sustainability and resilience can offer opportunities for mitigating the financial, environmental, and community impacts from these events. Communities continue to advocate for increased sustainability and resilience, and the American Concrete Institute (ACI)—working with nearly 20,000 members,...

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