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Freedom, Energy, and the American Way of Life

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Wed, 2014-09-03 09:46

Bike Lanes and Smart DevelopmentHappy Independence Day! July 4th is always a great time of year (Side note: I can’t believe it is already July 4th – Where did Spring go?). Anyways, I am spending this July 4th in Germany with my wife’s family. I spent five years with the US Army living in Germany. Being here for the 4th of July provides a very interesting perspective. First, it is hot and there is no air conditioning – anywhere.

Top 10 Pieces of Green Building Legislation in the 111th Congress (House)

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Wed, 2014-09-03 09:40

Here are the top ten pieces of green building legislation in the house right now.  It is unknown how many of these will become law but it is very encouraging that Congress is thinking about green building. There are big and small programs listed below and all of them can make an impact on our future quality of life. Leave a comment for which act you find the most interesting.  Next, I'll post the top ten for the Senate.

PUBLIC LAW: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  Read more: Top 10 Pieces of Green Building Legislation in the 111th Congress (House) »

The world of Electric Cars: More Green Jobs?

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Wed, 2014-09-03 09:39
Nissan and Chevy have all electric vehicles (the Volt and Leaf) slated to begin sales later this year.  Aside from many predictions of electric cars arriving decades ago, this seems like the real deal.  So what do you think a world with electric cars would look like?

The Good

#1 - No gas stations.  With electric cars, we'll have a gas (electric) station in every parking lot

Everblue Training Reviews: I Passed My LEED Exam!

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Thu, 2018-03-29 10:06

Attention: Chris Boggiano, LEED, AP

Reference: Everblue LEED Training Course Applause

Dear Chris,

I am writing to inform you that I passed my LEED AP examination with a score of 194! About two-thirds of the way through the examination, I was aware I was going to pass; however, I was shocked at how high my score was.  Read more: Everblue Training Reviews: I Passed My LEED Exam! »

LEED AP Exam Feedback: BD+C Beta Exam

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Mon, 2015-07-13 09:33

One of our LEED NC 2.2 students was selected to take the LEED AP BD+C beta exam. He took the beta exams for LEED Green Associate and LEED Building, Design, and Construction. Next week, he takes the LEED NC 2.2 exam, just to be sure he earns the credential, since he will not get his beta exam score for a few weeks. The main point of his observations confirm that the LEED AP BD+C exam is no joke. There are many calculations, and the exam really tests a candidate's knowledge of the rating system.  Read more: LEED AP Exam Feedback: BD+C Beta Exam »

LEED Green Associate Exam Brain Dump

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Mon, 2015-07-13 09:34

I took my LEED Exam for the LEED Green Associate this week and wanted to share some notes about the experience.  Read more: LEED Green Associate Exam Brain Dump »

LEED Accredited Professional Salary Guidelines

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Fri, 2018-04-20 14:19

We get asked all the time what career or business opportunities are involved once a person achieves LEED AP Certification. This is an interesting question. We could answer by posting the following chart that I came across this evening. It is the supposed pay scale of LEED APs:

leed accredited professional salary by years experience  Read more: LEED Accredited Professional Salary Guidelines »

Green LA Girl Blog

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:36
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Sat, 2011-09-24 07:04

Here’s a really cool green blog that my brother just sent to me today:

Evidently, the author is from California. It probably doesn’t hurt to live in the green capital of the world: Los Angeles.  Read more: Green LA Girl Blog »

Do you need an Engineering Degree to become LEED Certified?

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Thu, 2015-07-09 15:13

This was an interesting question that was emailed into us about getting LEED Certification. The answer, of course, is that a person does not need to be an engineer or have an engineering degree. Similarly, a person does not need to be an architect, a lawyer, a designer, a builder, a developer, or a contractor. The LEED exam is for anyone interested in learning how to make our society’s livable spaces more sustainable.

I think most people confuse LEED with an architectural standard. However, it really is more than that, and it affects everyone in the building industry.

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