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7 Eco-Friendly House Ideas for the Green Remodeler

February 17, 2020
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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
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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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Local Food Sales on the Rise With More People Going Green

February 12, 2020
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In light of the global warming crisis, genetically modified produce and inhumanely sourced meats, more consumers are choosing to buy local. The green revolution is in full swing, and people want to know where their food comes from. They want to know with confidence they are making the best, most sustainable choice. 

When consumers decide to buy locally sourced produce, they’re doing just that. Farmers’ markets, farm-to-table restaurants and you-pick produce all benefit the community, environment and consumers in several ways. Here are some of the benefits of buying your food locally.

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5 Ways You Can Start a Sustainable Community Garden

February 5, 2020
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Do you want to save money and the planet? What if you could do so while forming a closer bond with your neighbors and teaching your children a crucial ecological lesson? You can accomplish all this and more by starting a sustainable community garden! 

Community gardens save you money at the grocery store because you produce the majority of the fruits and veggies you use. Also, since you don’t have to drive to the store as often, you can decrease your carbon footprint. You can even reduce your household waste. Here’s how.

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How You Can Help Build a Sustainable Community

February 3, 2020
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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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Is GMO Crop Production on the Rise

January 10, 2020
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Food scientists engineer genetically modified (GM) crops — often referred to as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms — for a variety of traits, like herbicide tolerance and drought resistance. Over the past few years, these crops have become an increasingly weighty topic as more farmers have begun to plant them — sometimes raising concerns about their long-term impacts on both human health and the environment.

Below, we’ll cover how GMO crop production is changing — whether it’s on the rise, its possible impacts on the environment and what new GM crops researchers are trying to develop right now.

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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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LEED Certification Definition and Its Importance for Homes

December 9, 2019
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Society is aware of the harmful and destructive effects of modern construction. As a result, they’re turning to sustainable alternatives. The demand for green buildings is changing the architectural landscape, forcing companies to implement favorable practices. The green building market clocked in at $3 billion in 2005. Nine years later, it jumped to $81 billion.

How are contractors held responsible for the way they build properties? The answer is a third-party certification process. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification assures tenants a property abides by strict eco-friendly practices.

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Green Building Improving Quality of Living in Cities

December 6, 2019
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Everyone is going green. Yet what does that mean when it comes to our cities?

Today, metropolitan areas hold most of the world’s population. It’s an anomaly we’re just beginning to grapple with. As urban migration continues, we’ll see the growth of green building, which will account for nearly one-third of the construction sector.

Our need to grow sustainably through construction and development is imperative. Eco-friendly building techniques, transportation and municipal planning will take up more of our conversations going forward.

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