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Office Efficiency Tips
Thursday, 21 January 2016
Office Efficiency Tips Remember last winter’s Polar Vortex, and the budget-breaking energy bills that came with it? Brace yourself. They say this winter could be a repeat performance. Not having a good energy strategy in place for your building could cost you a bundle in the coming months. Even if you’ve already been smacked with frigid temperatures and piles of snow, it’s... article/green-power-button.jpg Office Efficiency Tips

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Add Value to Your Home With These Green Upgrades
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Add Value to Your Home With These Green Upgrades Your home is your biggest investment, and if you’re like most homeowners, you want to maximize that investment. There are variety of ways to maximize your return on investment while also providing benefits to the environment, your...

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49ers New Stadium
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
49ers New Stadium Sports stadiums use an enormous amount of energy and other natural resources in order to give teams and fans the best experience possible. From refrigerated concessions to flashing video boards to giant lights used during night games, there is no mistaking how much effort goes into making events larger-than-life at sports arenas . Luckily, many of the newly...

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Dallas Sustainability
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Dallas Sustainability The world’s urban population is expected to reach 6 billion people by the year 2050. Currently, 3.5 billion people live in urban areas. This number doubling of course means that more infrastructures, more food, more water, and more energy will be needed. The question is: how do we make our cities sustainable? Several cities have taken the lead on...

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Psychological Health
Thursday, 07 August 2014
Psychological Health Urban life has the tendency to be faster paced than rural life. In addition to an already fast-paced and crowded lifestyle, the rise of smart phones have brought an added stress – there is always an email you should be writing, a text you should be answering, a picture you...

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Vancouver Green City
Tuesday, 05 August 2014
Vancouver Green City The world’s urban population is expected to reach 6 billion people by the year 2050. Currently, 3.5 billion people live in urban areas. This number doubling of course means that more infrastructure, more food, more water, and more energy will be needed. The question is: how do we...

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Avoid Environmental Hazards When Buying a Home
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Avoid  Environmental Hazards When Buying a Home When it comes to personal health, you try to exercise and eat your veggies. However, you may not be thinking about one big factor affecting your well-being: Where you live. If the first, second and third rules of real estate are location, location, location, it makes sense...

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Smart Stadiums
Tuesday, 07 January 2014
Smart Stadiums Have you ever thought about increasing stadium efficiency through technology? The link between technology and sporting events might not be obvious, but the two are becoming increasingly intertwined. After all, if you're watching the big game from your home, it’s thanks to some extremely...

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City Planning
Tuesday, 03 September 2013
City Planning It is undeniable that cities of the United States are designed to facilitate transportation by use of the automobile. As you all know, cars are a major source of pollution to our atmosphere, waterways, and natural habitats, emitting pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, sulfur oxides, carbon dixodes, methane, and particulate matter...

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Importance of Insulation
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Importance of Insulation In the 1870s, young Laura Ingalls and the rest of her family in The Little House in the Big Woods had minimal insulation. When winter drew near families would stuff the gaps between their cabin’s logs with moss, dead leaves, straw, and any other natural materials they could find. Today we use much more sophisticated materials and methods of application...

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Concrete and the Environment
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Concrete and the Environment Concrete holds our lives together. The majority of our buildings, bridges, roads, and dams are constructed and held together by concrete. There are also many things that you probably didn’t know about this wonder material. Concrete is one of the primary materials in building construction, which is the nation’s largest manufacturing activity, accounting for 60%...

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Rails to Trails
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Rails to Trails When the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge opened in 1889 it was the longest bridge in all of North America. As the only bridge across the Hudson River, sitting between New York City and Albany 150 miles upriver, the new bridge became a major throughway for passenger trains. This included...

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Sport Arenas
Thursday, 06 June 2013
Sport Arenas The next time you are sitting at your favorite home team’s stadium, take a look around. Have you ever thought about how much electricity it takes to light up those video boards and spotlights? How much refrigeration is needed to keep drinks cold? How much fuel is used to get all of...

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LEED Certification System
Thursday, 23 May 2013
LEED Certification System By now you’ve probably seen the leafy U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification seal. But do you know what it signifies? LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Certification was created to provide objective guidelines and verification on how to build and renovate...

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Birds Fly into Windows
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Birds Fly into Windows Glass is a danger to birds primarily due to its reflectivity. Birds often see escape routes or “intruders” mirrored in reflective glass. The speed and force of the impact can cause instant death or fatal injury—traumas such as brain hemorrhages or other internal bleeding. Transparent...

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Green Stadium
Thursday, 04 October 2012
Green Stadium Fire the grills and ready the face paint, because it’s football season! While most Americans choose to enjoy this pastime in the comfort of their own homes, many dedicated fans cheer on their favorite teams at their home stadiums. Throughout the years, stadiums have become a focus of...

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California High speed Rail
Tuesday, 04 September 2012
California High-speed Rail As many Californians can tell you, the drive between San Francisco and Los Angeles is painful. On the East Coast you can pass through several states driving for six hours, but in California those six hours will get you mile after mile of the same dry, flat scenery. Of all the highways that...

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PACE Programs
Monday, 09 January 2012
PACE Programs What if somebody told you that they could practically guarantee to reduce both your monthly bills and your impact on the environment at the same time? You might scratch your head since it seems everyone is always telling you that going green is only for the rich folk. Well, it...

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US Prisons
Tuesday, 08 March 2011
U.S. Prisons There's no excuse not to green your lifestyle. Unless you're locked up in prison, that is. Fortunately for inmates, some prisons are investing resources into greening their grey-and-white facades. What goes on in United States prisons matters, especially since the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The U.S. has almost a...

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Green Roofs
Thursday, 09 September 2010
Green Roofs The 2010 World Green Roof Congress goes to London this September! Green roofs have been a subject of conversation in the environmental world for a long time. They have the ability to change a bland, unused, rooftop, into a beautiful, lush, exciting, and green space secretly tucked into an urban atmosphere. 2010 has been a great year for...

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Mandated Energy Accounting For Commercial Buildings
Thursday, 03 June 2010
Mandated Energy Accounting For Commercial Buildings We live in a society focused on statistics. We measure every conceivable statistic on sports from baseball to our everyday use of gas in our cars. Yet for some reason we seemed shocked and worried that it has finally reached a level where energy accounting is becoming a mandated requirement for commercial buildings. Yes, here in...

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Winning Sports Arenas
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Winning Sports Arenas With 7 wins and 29 losses this season so far, the Minnesota Timberwolves have one of the NBA’s worst records, but their Target Center Arena is an environmental slam dunk. In 2009, the Timberwolves unveiled the first green roof in professional sports, which, at 2.5 acres, is also the fifth largest green roof in the United States. The roof cost $5.3 million to...

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Airports
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
Airports Airports, it’s time to recycle! I recently returned home from a cross-country trip to Michigan, spending an excessive amount of time in several different airports. Due to the time and circumstances of my layovers, I was forced to have my coffee and meals of the day at a couple of different hubs and purchase some reading material to entertain the delay. Like any good...

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Green Building Progress at the Federal Level
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
Green Building Progress at the Federal Level Sustainable building has been around for centuries, but it hasn’t been until recently that green building practices have become a priority for new construction in the United States. One of the most notable examples of the rise in green building in the US is at the federal level. Not only have a few significant pieces of legislation passed for the green building...

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Benchmark Review of Your Utilities
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
 You Have Performed a Benchmark Review of Your Utilities—Now What? My last article explained how to benchmark your utility bills so that you can determine if your building is energy efficient or not. People often assume that their building’s HVAC system was designed by an engineer to operate efficiently so what need is there to benchmark energy usage? In California, buildings are required to be designed per...

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Determining Your Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
 Determining Your Commercial Building’s Energy Efficiency People are becoming more concerned about the cost of their commercial space and many companies are now looking beyond the base rent and wanting to ensure that the building they buy or lease is energy efficient. Many tenants today want to know what the total cost of their lease is going to be, and they seek to determine beforehand all of the...

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Understanding Your Commercial Buildings Metrics
Friday, 08 May 2009
Understanding Your Commercial Buildings Metrics My last article provided a simple way to measure your utility consumption by calculating your building’s kilowatt hours per square feet per year. One tip to help make the process of gathering your utility information easier is to use the free tools found at most utility companies. As an example, Pacific Gas & Electric provides free commercial...

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International Green Building
Friday, 27 March 2009
International Green Building As our world moves to a deeper shade of green, environment-focused opportunities continue to unfold. In the United States, a huge shift is being made in the design world, where many new buildings are taking the green approach. Examples of platinum-rated buildings granted by the U.S. Green Building Councils’ LEED rating system can be found...

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My Energy Audit
Monday, 23 March 2009
My Energy Audit Last week I asked John Vialard of my local Marshall County, Indiana electric cooperative to do an energy audit of my house. It’s an inventory of a home’s energy output, followed by some energy-saving solutions—usually a free service to utility customers. I learned that while some energy innovations are great, simply cutting back makes the...

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Buildings Going Green LEED Platinum Rating Highlights
Friday, 20 March 2009
Buildings Going Green: LEED Platinum Rating Highlights At a time when the environment and money-saving incentives are a priority, it only seems appropriate that green building is receiving its fair share of attention. Across the globe, examples of green design are surfacing from college campuses, to corporate office buildings, to public museums, to individual residences. Even in the...

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Gyms Get Sustainable
Friday, 21 November 2008
Gyms Get Sustainable! Green gyms are popping up all over the world. It's no surprise that yet another kind of building is “going green”. How are green gyms any different? A unique and key feature of green gyms is that they can actually use the energy generated from people exercising and use that to power their facilities. The problem most health clubs...

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Passive Solar Design
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Passive Solar Design An Easy Way to Green Your Home Never heard of passive solar design? Passive solar design is just the ability of a house or building to utilize the sun to either heat or cool a house simply by its direction or shape. By constructing a building according to very simple design standards, homeowners are able to capitalize on the sun's energy and virtually eliminate the need for a thermostat...

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Green Building on the Rise
Wednesday, 08 October 2008
Green Building on the Rise As our country continues to move to a deeper shade of green, so are our buildings. In the United States, more than 2,000,000 acres of open space, wildlife habitat, and wetlands are developed each year. This development also accounts for almost half of the total energy consumed by our country. Green building aims to increase the efficiency...

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Tiny House Movement
Tuesday, 07 October 2008
Tiny House Movement Considering the long-standing American tradition of “bigger is better”, one of the last things you'd expect in the U.S. is the growing trend of tiny houses. In the last few years, it's become so big that people are officially calling it the “Tiny House Movement”. Tiny homes range anywhere between 65 square feet and 750 square feet. So why...

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