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15 Reasons Why You Should Go Green Today

April 20, 2020
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These days, the sustainable movement is more popular than ever. People around the world have made a range of life changes — all as a way to help our planet. From meatless diets to carbon-free transportation, there’s an endless amount of impactful solutions. 

But why should you go green? Most individuals are aware of how climate change affects the planet. While that’s incredibly important, it’s also necessary to shown concern for its influence on us. You have several positives and negatives to consider. Take a look at some of the advantages of practicing sustainability:

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Top 10 Homesteading Blogs to Inspire You During Social Distancing

April 3, 2020
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Whether you are sitting in your urban apartment contemplating what life in the country would look like or chasing your chickens around on your farm, social distancing provides the perfect opportunity to look for homesteading inspiration. Wherever you are in your homesteading journey, there are so many resources out there to help answer all of your self-sufficiency questions. 

You may be new to the world of homesteading, and want to explore some basic homesteading skills include gardening, frugality and cooking meals from scratch. Or maybe you are in the process of building an off-grid home and searching for some details on new renewable technology, like solar panels, are playing an important role in transitioning to a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 

Wherever you find yourself right now, being stuck at home is the ideal time to check out some top homesteading blogs. There are so many wonderful activities to engage in while you practice social distancing, such as preparing your garden beds or foraging wild plants on a family hike. Here are our top homesteading blogs to inspire you during social distancing. 

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10 Best Beginner Plants to Grow Indoors

February 21, 2020
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Do you want to improve the air quality of your home while beautifying it? Do you want to benefit more from nature’s gifts? If so, you should enjoy the art of raising houseplants! 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t think you have a green thumb. The plants on this list are easy to care for and maintain. You’ll benefit from the joy of growing things, and your health will thank you, too. 

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Green Technology

7 Eco-Friendly House Ideas for the Green Remodeler

February 17, 2020
eco friendly house ideas

If you’ve decided it’s time for a little home renovation, you’re already on your way to making greener choices. Remodeling instead of building a new home from scratch reduces your impact on the environment and makes good use of resources you already have in your house. Continuing to make changes with sustainability in mind will allow you to further your green efforts and design a uniquely beautiful interior that matches your personality and passion. 

Here are just a few eco-friendly house ideas to incorporate into your next remodel. 

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What Is Green Landscaping? Eco-Friendly Landscaping Techniques

February 14, 2020
what is green landscaping

The world is going green. From reusable shopping bags to biking to work, people everywhere are looking for more sustainable ways to live and reduce their impact on the environment. 

However, one area that’s often overlooked in terms of green living is your yard. There are so many ways to make your lawn, gardens and flowerbeds more eco-friendly and beautiful. By implementing green landscaping techniques, you can ensure an outdoor space that’s self-sustaining, chemical-free and natural. 

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How You Can Help Build a Sustainable Community

February 3, 2020
sustainable communities

It’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing about how the world is changing because of human pollution. You might watch the news in the morning and hear about the rising temperature of the earth or watch a documentary about ice caps melting. It may encourage you to take steps to live a greener life, but you can become discouraged if you feel like you’re on your own.

If that’s the case for you, you’re not alone. It’s great to help the earth by going green, but you’ll make more of a difference if you get others to join you. Many people feel this way, which is why communities are pulling together to become more eco-friendly.

Read on to learn how you can help build sustainable communities if you want to try, but can’t figure out where to begin. You don’t need to become famous to make a difference in the world. Try these easy tips with the people around you to make the planet a better place to live.

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How Energy-Efficient Construction Methods Can Change the Way We Build

December 25, 2019
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Green building and sustainable architecture are popular concepts these days. In the U.S., building efficiency revenue rose from $75.26 billion in 2017 to $83.05 billion in 2018. If our children and grandchildren want to inherit a livable earth, eco-friendly initiatives must become the new normal.

Designing buildings with sustainability in mind is changing essential structures from the foundation on up. Discover how energy-efficient construction is changing how we build.

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Eco-Friendly Building Materials We Can Expect to Grow in 2020

December 23, 2019

In today’s world, it’s impossible to go a week without hearing about climate change. Temperatures are rising, and extreme weather events are popping up. What’s the solution?

No single answer exists. Instead, the effort must involve a multitude of industries and technologies. In construction, businesses are turning to eco-friendly building materials to do their part.

The green building initiative has generated more than 2 million jobs, totaling more than $134 billion in labor earnings. It’s also injected billions of dollars into the U.S. economy.

Which materials can we expect to grow in the future wake of green building?

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10 Examples of LEED Platinum Buildings

December 13, 2019
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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a set of guidelines and regulations architects can use when constructing a new building. It’s the most widely used green rating system in the world, available for anything from skyrises to single-family homes.

This certification is broken down into four categories — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. LEED Platinum, which requires a building to earn 80 or more points, is not easy to achieve. Let’s take a look at the LEED rating system and some of the best Platinum building examples.

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LEED Certification Checklist: What You Need to Know Before Applying for Certification

December 11, 2019
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Are you a builder who wants to make an impact on the world? If so, consider LEED Certification for your next project. With 1.85 million square feet of construction space certified each day, this is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a program focused primarily on new, commercial-building projects. This certification uses a points system. The more points you earn on the grading scale, the higher you’ll rate. 

The main benefit of certification is the environmental boost. LEED-certified buildings are also energy- and water-efficient. Compared to conventional buildings, they have higher rental rates, are healthier and safer for occupants and represent the values of the organization.

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