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How LEED Affects Retail Experience

August 22, 2016

By Megan Rosa Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) With the growth of the internet and smart phone apps, online shopping has altered the way we spend our time and money. According to the World Green Building Council, of the 1,200 enclosed malls built in the US, “about one third are dead or endangered”. 1 […]
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Looking Back: LEED History

August 8, 2016

By Megan Rosa Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Buildings are responsible for enormous amounts of energy use and carbon dioxide emissions which calls for the demand of more sustainable working and living conditions. In this article, let’s take a look at LEED History and how it has evolved into present day. The most prolific […]
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Urban Planning & Sustainable Building Development

March 21, 2016

By Kirstie Hostetter Sustainability Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) In January 2016, I attended the 12th Annual International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability in Portland, Oregon. One of the most thought-provoking sessions I participated in was a series of speakers from around the world who spoke to the challenges of building livable, urban spaces. Many […]
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Development Trends: Agriburbia and Sportopia

June 29, 2015

By Alyson Laura Sustainability Maven LEED AP BD+C, O+M Residential development is no longer isolated to boring suburbs lacking basic services like sidewalks and public space. Residents now have diverse options like organic farms or sports stadiums within steps of their front doors. What’s driving these new styles of mixed-use development? Urban planners have long […]
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Electric Cars versus Hybrid Cars

January 29, 2015

With their relative newness and variety of configurations, a hybrid electric vehicle can become easily confused with an electric car. In simplest terms, electric vehicles rely only on electricity for power while hybrids combine battery-stored power with energy from gasoline. Because of this dual power source, hybrids can be more complicated than pure electric vehicles […]
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USGBC Hits One Billion LEED Certified Square Feet (and counting)

December 13, 2010

At Greenbuild 2010, Rick Fedrizzi boasted that the USGBC had certified one billion square feet of space in its short 10 year life span. Another six billion square feet of space are slated for review. It’s a good time to go green. Jacquelyn Renée Schneider
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