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6 Key Sources of U.S. Renewable Energy

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Thu, 2014-07-31 16:27
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Advancements in technological innovations in the renewable energy industry have yielded a growth of stronger energy production capabilities. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA), renewable energy supply continues to increase on a yearly basis, spread out among various renewable energy sources. What are these sources, and how is energy produced? In the following section, we will review the many areas of renewable energy sources currently utilized in the United States as well as the forecast for the future.  Read more: 6 Key Sources of U.S. Renewable Energy »

Building a Sustainability Reporting Framework

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Thu, 2016-11-03 13:09
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According to data from the Sustainability Disclosure Database, sustainability reporting continues to increase on a yearly basis, with worldwide adoption rates. To improve the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, and Profit), organizations are looking to utilize a variety of measures to demonstrate compliance with sustainability ideas and principles. While the most popular reporting framework is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), there are also other popular standards upon which organizations can improve sustainable operations.  Read more: Building a Sustainability Reporting Framework »

What's New in LEED Version 4?

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Wed, 2018-04-25 11:06
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At the Greenbuild Conference & Expo next month, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will reveal its new flagship product, LEED Version 4 (v4). The creation of LEED v4 is the culmination of years of feedback from various members and users, all of whom influence the adoption of new green building concepts in the marketplace. Given the USGBC’s mission to maintain a consensus and market-driven approach to the LEED standard, the new version will feature new and innovative credits that will propel green building forward.

What’s New?  Read more: What's New in LEED Version 4? »

Tips for Troubleshooting Your Circuit Breaker

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Wed, 2013-10-09 13:44
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Your circuit breaker plays an essential role in the safety of your home by helping to protect your electrical wiring system from overheating. By sensing any electrical overload and interrupting the flow of electricity, circuit breakers help to prevent electrical blowouts that could lead to personal injury and even home fires. While most homeowners know the value of their circuit breaker, many do not know how to troubleshoot issues as they come up.  Read more: Tips for Troubleshooting Your Circuit Breaker »

China's Green Fence: Impacts on U.S. Recycling

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Wed, 2018-06-06 13:15
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As the manufacturing sector of the Chinese economy increases, concerns about the environmental impacts of waste generation have led the Chinese government to enact the Green Fence Initiative. In an effort to reduce the amount of scrap waste (mainly plastic) imported from the United States that has led to worsening environmental conditions, Chinese officials have sought to implement waste management strategies through significant policy changes.

Costa Rica Recap: First LEED Class en Español!

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:03
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Everblue’s mission is to be the leading sustainability training institute worldwide. To achieve this, Everblue has expanded its business operations internationally to provide more opportunities for individuals to receive sustainability-related education and impact their communities. Recently, Everblue’s LEED instructor, Greg Hamra, traveled to Costa Rica for Everblue’s first LEED course in Costa Rica, which was exclusively taught in Spanish. Read further to learn about Greg’s observations and experiences.  Read more: Costa Rica Recap: First LEED Class en Español! »

Top 10 Home Water Conservation Strategies

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Tue, 2013-09-03 13:45
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Conserving water throughout your home and yard can end up saving you a significant amount on your monthly water bill. Although many people don’t realize it, potable water (water considered safe for consumption) is an incredibly important resource that is being overdrawn across our nation. Below are 10 tips to help you cut back on your usage and contribute to water conservation efforts:

1) Taking shorter showers and install water-conserving showerheads can save up to 15 gallons per shower.  Read more: Top 10 Home Water Conservation Strategies »

LEED v4: What's Different?

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Fri, 2018-06-15 16:43
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The USGBC’s recently approved LEED v4 green rating system was voted through with significant support from its membership. The new system is not incredibly different from its predecessor, which has been in use since 2009. One of the main differences is that v4 has expanded LEED to rate different building types, industry centers, and renovation situations that had not been addressed previously. These new structures include data centers, large warehouses, and factories.  Read more: LEED v4: What's Different? »

Humanscale and Everblue: Partners in LEED

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:03
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Everblue has teamed up with Humanscale to host LEED classes in 10 North American markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Toronto. The partnership was designed to provide career development for Humanscale A&D representatives while at the same time offer the LEED Green Associate training to facilities managers, architects and designers.  Read more: Humanscale and Everblue: Partners in LEED »

The Role of Water Efficiency in Green Building

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:04
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The increasing development of worldwide green building projects, especially those related to the Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED) standard, provide the contextual basis for the implementation of water conservation strategies. As access to clean water continues to be a source of concern in many areas of the world (including the U.S.), water efficiency strategies in green building practices are becoming paramount to new and existing construction efforts.

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