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Going Green

Paul Hawken in his book, "The Ecology of Commerce" states: Sustainability is an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by people and commerce can be met without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations. It can also be expressed in the simple terms of an economic golden rule for the restorative economy: Leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life or the environment, make amends if you do.

Reclaimed Water
Any water that we are able to take back, process and treat, and then re-use is reclaimed. Learn the basics about water reclamation and it's appropriate uses.

Living Buildings a Reality
Living Buildings

Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)
Created in partnership between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanical Garden (USBG), the Sustainable Sites Initiative is the first performance benchmark and rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of...

Green Incentives
Need a financial reward for going green? Here you will find a list of the most common incentives, with state-by-state and federal links in areas of energy efficiency, green building, alternative fuels, renewable technology and more.

What Are EcoDistricts?
An EcoDistrict is a small-scale area such as a neighborhood or a district with a community commitment to achieving sustainability.

Contractors: Do You Know How to Build LEED?
The Contractor plays a significant role in the creation of a LEED project by implementing all design strategies and provides documentation for a third to half of the credits normally attempted with a LEED project. In one way or another, the contractor has an effect on all but a total of seven credits. Planning is the key to success with...

Ten Ways to Green Your Operations

When it comes to the way your organization conducts business, there are plenty of opportunities to green your organizations operations and reduce your environmental footprint while increasing the value of your offerings. The following are a list of “low hanging fruit” or strategies that are easy and low cost to implement.

Four Areas of Sustainability Planning
In order to transform from business as usual to sustainability organization, check out the four major strategies you should consider through your planning process.

How to Become a LEED AP
Learn the ins and outs of becoming a LEED Accredited Professional.

What is the Living Building Challenge?
Part manifesto, part call to action, and part rating system, the International Living Building Challenge (ILBC) is a standard that rates buildings, communities and infrastructure projects using the metaphor of the flower.

State of Green Business 2010
Published by Greenbiz.com, this 65 page, helpful report breaks down the barriers towards greening business and outlines the trends of the future, while summarizing the important trends shaping green business.

Green Business Guide
Implementing green means more then switching out the light bulbs to compact florescent. Check out the basics to going green, as outlined from the perspective of our government.

Bridging the Gap Between Green Business Research and Practice
Based out of the University of Western Ontario, the Network for Business Sustainability is researching how sustainability principles are affecting sustainable practice.

Intro to Integrative Design
Integrative Design provides a collaborative approach to creating outcomes that are more holistic and elegant. In this introduction the Integrative Design, you'll learn about the "6 C's" to a process and a mindset to achieve sustainability.

A Beginner's Guide to Eco Charrettes
Eco Charrette

Regenerative Design
Regenerative design is the process of creating opportunity for all of living things to thrive in a way that creates a holistic, healthy consciousness - healing the rift between humans and nature through our relationship to the built environment.

What is Greenbuild?
Hosted by the US Green Building Council, the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo boasts over 1,000 exhibitors and the largest gathering of over 25,000 architects, engineers, developers, contractors and building owners and operators involved in the greening of the built environment in the world.

7 Green Cleaning Tips
Green cleaning incorporate the use of products and services that prioritize optimum human health and have a lesser or reduced impact on the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.

White Collar Jobs - Going Green
America's interest in going green has skyrocketed in recent years. The research firm Clean Edge noted a 40 percent increase in revenue growth for solar, wind, biofuel and fuel cell energy. There are currently 8.5 million jobs in renewable-energy and energy-efficiency industries. According to estimates, by the year 2030, 40 million people - or 1...

5 Steps to Environmentally Preferable Procurement
Buying and using environmentally preferable products (EPPs) has become an integral part of public procurement in recent years because it has become clear that this practice benefits the environment, improves efficiency and, often saves money.

The 3 Rs Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Every year, Americans throw away 50 billion food and drink cans, 27 billion glass bottles and jars, and 65 million plastic and metal jar and can covers. More than 30% of our waste is packaging materials. Where does it all go? Some 85% of our garbage is sent to a dump, or landfill, although we are quickly running out of space. We've all heard of...

Women Sustainability Leaders
Female leadership blends economic and social value creation in a combination of so-called 'masculine' and 'feminine' values with, among other things, competition, linear and rational thinking on the one side, and cooperation, holistic and intuitive thinking on the other. The following women embody soulful leadership and are transitioning our...

Sustainability Websites To Watch
From the hottest environmental news to step-by-step guides, check out these reliable websites that outline a vision toward a sustainable future.

What is Biomimicry?
Biomimicry, as defined by the Biomimicry Guild, is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies-new ways of living-that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
What we do and dont - bring into our buildings can have a significant impact on the quality of the environment within and Building Related Illness or Sick Building Syndrome can result.

6 Steps to Behavior Change
Be it a green team working to increase recycling rates or reduce paper waste or a corporate sustainability officer working to reduce a carbon footprint, a key challenge is how to encourage changes in our decisions and actions. But we also know that change is not always easy to foster. Six steps for achieving behavior change.

Sustainable Winter Landscapes
When most of us think of beautiful, sustainable landscapes, rarely do we think of winter. However, designing for the winter garden can lead to satisfying and pleasing color and texture all year round. It can even inspire you to get all bundled up and head outdoors for some fresh air when the temperature falls.

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