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June 2012

Published on June 28, 2012 Written by Anonymous Posted in Industry
Courtyard Marriott in Portland, Ore.

Green construction starts have increased by 50% in the past two years, and now represent 25% of all new construction today, according to a study by McGraw Hill. Green and sustainable construction initially had a slow start for the hospitality industry, but now seem to be gaining momentum. Today, there are 141 LEED-certified hotels and nearly 1...

Published on June 26, 2012 Written by Melissa Baker Posted in Industry

You know from grade school, college, and maybe even your Ph.D program that an A+ is no easy feat.

Federal agencies know that, too: GSA recently received an A+ on the OMB scorecard. The...

Published on June 26, 2012 Written by Maggie Comstock Posted in Advocacy and policy
Me with Yuko Nishida, planner, Bureau of Environment Metropolitan Government of

Tens of thousands of delegates from diverse backgrounds and geographical regions convened in Rio to protect the future we want through sustainable development policy. While progress was made on the negotiating text, few are satisfied with the level of commitments and accountability from national governments. However, the news from Rio isn’t...

Published on June 25, 2012 Written by Jennifer Easton Posted in Industry
National Geographic Headquarters in Washingington, D.C.

It's hard to overstate the potential (and necessity) of greening our existing building stock. Buildings account for 73% of electricity consumption in the U.S. and 38% of CO2 emissions. Can you imagine the dent we can make with added efficiency in this sector - environmentally and economically? Plus, existing buildings are all around us. Chances...

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