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What’s new in LEED v4.1

By Samta Brahmbhatt Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The well-known LEED certification has yet again improved its rating system to better accommodate the environmental and health sustainability impacts. LEED can be certified in residential and commercial buildings during the design and construction phase as well as the operations and maintenance phase. The US Green […]
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Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) In 2015, several Fortune 500 companies pledged to use 100% renewable electricity. Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, NIKE, and Starbucks are just a few of the companies that have pledged to lead the way in renewable energy. These companies joined the small number of companies […]
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Green Philanthropy

By Rachel Gordon Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) It can be a challenge to determine the best place to contribute one’s time, effort, and money when it comes to philanthropy, but at Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) the focus is on contributing in ways that also result in a positive environmental impact. Due to this […]
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Greenbuild 2018: Human X Nature

By Daniel Uribe Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) It is yet another year for the rapidly growing green space movement that has flourished in the United States over the last two decades to come together and learn of the most recent market developments. As SIG continues with aspiration to help communities across the country by […]
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New York City Building Energy Grades

By Anna Marie Pinion Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) As the public importance of energy efficiency grows daily, local governments continue to take steps to encourage building owners and managers to reduce their energy consumption. With over 6,484 high rise buildings over 35 meters tall, and a population of over 8.5 million, New York […]
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Solarize Atlanta

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Renewable energy is a steadily growing industry as the world moves towards green power. In 2017, the power sector of renewable energy grew by 9% in generating capacity, and 55% of that came from new solar energy.1 Solar employment has grown by 168% since 2010 as the […]
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The Future of Renewables in the United States

By Shane Gallagher Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) As climate change remains a global concern, the world is looking at how the United States plans to combat greenhouse gas emissions.  Many are willing to immediately jump to the conclusion that wind, solar, and other renewables are the only way forward. However, the growing concerns […]
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California Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure – Assembly Bill 802

By Anna Marie Pinion Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Assembly Bill 802 Energy consumption accounts for approximately 30% of a typical office building’s operating costs, making it the building’s largest operating expense. With such a significant amount of cost, many businesses and building owners understand the financial benefit of green buildings and have started […]
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Implementing Fitwel into your Office

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Most people spend their days working 9 to 5, and one 2015 report showed that full time employees in the United States work an average of 47 hours per week.1 Since Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors2, a healthy work environment is important […]
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Fitwel vs. WELL

By Kelsey Alexander Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Green building is a booming industry, and continues to grow everyday.1 In just three years, green buildings can save billions in energy savings, so it’s no surprise that among the 30 largest US real estate markets, 40% of existing office buildings have LEED, ENERGY STAR, or […]
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