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What are the best light bulbs to buy?

Are you wondering, what are the best light bulbs to buy, or are you considered replacing your lights at home to save money on your power bill? If so, there are four main factors you need to consider when determining what the best replacement light bulb or bulbs are. Here are the four (4) most important […]
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What is LEED for Cities? 

LEED for buildings is well-known and widely recognized as the shape of sustainable architecture to come; more than 1.85 million square feet of new or refurbished structures are certified every single day. But what is LEED for cities, and how does it affect the future of building construction and maintenance in the United States and […]
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Better Buildings Challenge

by Peter Louthan Sustainability Analyst Intern What is it? Launched by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2011 as part of its Better Building Initiative, the Better Buildings Challenge is one of several free energy efficiency programs available to organizations, manufacturers, and businesses across the U.S. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to improve […]
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A Big Earth Week in the Big Apple

Earth Week is always a busy time for Sustainable Investment Group (SIG), and 2017 was no exception. Here is a brief recap of our activities in New York, and what we did to help celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week with our clients. Earth Week in New York SIG’s, Asa Posner, spent his Earth Week […]
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How Green Buildings Reduce Carbon Dioxide 

As the serious consequences of climate change have been better understood by modern climate models, focus has rested on the reduction in overall carbon dioxide emissions. While the effects of carbon dioxide on the climate are taught in most schools in the United States, and the pictures of the so-called “greenhouse effect” on climate are […]
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Easy ways to make your building healthier – strategies from the WELL Building Standard

By Michael Cichetti, WELL AP Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Health and Wellness seems to be quite the buzzword these days. Personally, I love my Fitbit which has helped me lose 19 lbs over the last two months. McKinsey and Company has said that wellness is the next trillion-dollar industry, and considering how many people are […]
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8 things you need to know about BREEAM

What is BREEAM? First things first, BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. Simply put, BREEAM is a protocol and process for researching building design and construction to ensure that it meets environmental standards. Who started BREEAM? The Building Research Establishment, a private organization based in the United Kingdom, created the BREEAM beginning […]
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The Benefits of Commissioning

Commissioning is often cited as one of the most useful ways to incorporate green building techniques into commercial real estate, but, like many industry standards or practices, can seem dense and difficult to understand for the uninitiated. However, because it is so important in modern building construction and renovation, it’s worth delving into what commissioning […]
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The Importance of a Waste Management Plan

By Alex Shim Sustainability Analyst LEED Green Associate Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) When was the last time you thought about the trash you threw away? If you think about it now, did you throw it in a recycling or trash bin?  To ensure that waste is diverted from landfills as much as possible, we encourage […]
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Sustainable Resolutions for 2017

By Alex Shim Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group Now that 2016 is over, it is time for us to look towards 2017. There was a huge growth in the sustainability sector in 2016. 2016 was the year that Paris Agreement became actionable, ocean plastics joined production after being recovered, pollinators became a business issue (honeybees […]
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