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Changes to ENERGY STAR coming soon – let SIG navigate the changes for you

By Aditya Balamurali Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) On the 26th of August 2018, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance rating program is set for its largest update in years. Scores are set to change and getting the label for office buildings is about to get tougher, but ultimately more rewarding. How ENERGY STAR […]
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Go to [Green] Meeting?

By Annabelle Mathis Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Currently, the modern events industry is one of the most wasteful sectors in the country, due to the massive environmental footprint from air travel, food waste, and more. Because of this, meeting planners and show managers are looking for ways to minimize their impact, such as […]
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Making Sense of LEED v.4 materials: EPDs

By Kunwar Rana Sustainability Analyst LEED Green Associate Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) An EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. An EPD tells the life cycle story of a product in a single, written report, focusing on information […]
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A Renewable America—why not?

By Helen Chang Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The use of renewable energy has been increasing internationally. In America, the consumption of renewable energy has increased 6.7% from 2013 to 2016. According to research conducted by NREL, the U.S will be able to generate 80% of its electricity from renewable energy by 20504. This […]
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LEED Version 4.1: Biggest Story at Greenbuild 2017

By Kunwar Rana Sustainability Analyst LEED Green Associate Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The biggest story at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston was the announcement of LEED v 4.1 by the U.S. Green Building Council. There have been fewer LEED v4 certified projects than anticipated and there is also only a modest number of new construction v4 […]
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Earth Day 2018: Let’s End Plastic Pollution

By Helen Chang Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Earth Day 2018 is coming! This year, the Earth Day theme is ‘End Plastic Pollution’. Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) has always been an active participant in Earth Day events. Thus, we would like to offer some suggestions to both individuals and project managers on how to […]
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Earn LEED credits for using native plant species

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) LEED v4 Sustainable Sites Credit 1 and Credit 5 work to conserve existing natural site areas and restore damaged site areas to maintain or restore ecological integrity. To be able to earn this credit, sites must have native or adapted vegetation cover 20% of the area […]
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NYC’s Green Great Buildings Plan: Local Law 87

By Annabelle Mathis Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Anyone who has been to New York City can attest to how congested it is. The city’s square footage is highly concentrated in less than two percent of its properties: 15,000 properties over 50,000 square feet comprise almost half of this square footage and up to […]
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Gain LEED credits by encouraging a bike share system

By Helen Chang Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) What’s happening? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), transportation itself contributes to 27% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States, in which 60% comes from light-duty vehicles 4.As an initiative to reduce such emission, efforts in encouraging the use of alternative transportation has […]
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The Benefits of Daylighting in Your Building

By Kunwar Rana Sustainability Analyst LEED Green Associate Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Daylight is a combination of all the indirect and direct sunlight available during the day. Daylight can transform an internal space from an uninspiring atmosphere to a psychologically uplifting experience. This ability to irradiate the area and fill it with energy inspires the […]
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