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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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Sustainable Practices at Disney and You

If you’ve always been a fan of Walt Disney and the amazing international corporation he and his family imagined and brought into being and you’re considering a Disney vacation this fall or winter, here’s additional information you need now. Disney represents a kind of case study if you’re considering the question “What can my business […]
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Green Buildings Mitigate Climate Change

By Alex Shim Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) To begin, I think it is important to clearly define and understand the difference between weather and climate as well as climate change and global warming. Weather is the day-to-day conditions of a certain place; for example, it is raining today. Climate is the average weather […]
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The USGBC

Although the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was co-founded in 1993, it wasn’t until recently that the non-profit organization became well renowned. In fact, membership alone has increased immensely during the last few years. In addition, USGBC members are a diversified community of leaders from every walk of life. Likewise, each member contributes to improving […]
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Top Takeaways from Greenbuild 2016

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, or what us green building consultants refer to as “the super bowl of green building convention”, was held in Los Angeles, California this year. As you can imagine, reducing water consumption was a big learning topic of the conference held in a state that knows all too much about drought. […]
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