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Revealed: the Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building Certification in 2015 [infographic]

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. …

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How Climate Change Affects Building Design

by Glenn Meyers The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative estimates the construction trades contribute as much as 30% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40% of all energy used worldwide. Today, climate change is having a powerful effect on how buildings are …

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Are Industrial Facilities Too Large and Complex for LEED?

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Manufacturing and industrial facilities operate on a vastly different scale compared to a home, an office building, or even a university campus. Instead, we should compare a factory site or an industrial facility campus to a small city. Intel’s Ocotillo Campus is 682 acres; it’s …

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Revealed: LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents

by GBIG Insight In working with the commercial real estate industry on sustainable and energy efficient (SEE) real estate, one of the most frequent inquiries we receive is: why should I pay to certify my property as “green,” when I can instead use the funds required for certification to better improve …

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Triumph of the City: Book Report

In Triumph of the City, renowned economist Edward Glaeser presents a clear case for why our cities are our greatest inventions, how they make us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier, and how we can improve them. Cities cluster talent and economic strength and their density insures people are happier because …

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A Cold Ski Town is Building One of the First Vertical Farms in the World

 by Brandon Donnelly I have a soft spot for Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s a beautiful town and, out of all the places I’ve snowboarded, it’s easily my favorite. That’s why I was excited to learn that Jackson is currently building one of the first vertical farms in the world (and in a …

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The Waste Biz: Using An Anaerobic Digester To Turn Brewery Waste Into Energy

by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg Turning brewery waste into energy isn’t a new idea: all of that spent grain has captured the imagination of waste entrepreneurs before. A partnership between Utah-based Pure Energy Group (PEG) and Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos, California, is a first, though, in the sense that the waste-to-energy plant installed at the brewery “first …

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Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation

Radipole Lake in Weymouth, Dorset: Aerial view of the nature reserve in the middle of the town. Photo: David Wooton/RSPB In reviewing the wildlife habitats of British towns and cities for my recent book Nature in Towns and Cities (Harper Collins 2014) I became acutely aware that many of the UK’s most …

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Single-Family Can Be Urban, Too. But How Can It Be Sustainable?

Seattle, 1947. Photo © Seattle Municipal Archives By Alex Lenhoff American housing design is in need of a paradigm shift. Recognizing generational preferences, increasing affordability constraints, and sustainable solutions are needed to start a new chapter in the planning of our cities, especially when it comes to housing. But that doesn’t …

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What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build 100 smart cities across the country. This plan will be administered by the Ministry of Urban Development, and will focus on building new smart cities and redeveloping existing urban regions with populations of over 100,000 people. The government …

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