5 Ways to Build Green and Promote Sustainable Living

This post was contributed by guest writer Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes a blog called Organicasm which covers everything green from hybrid cars to eco-friendly living. The green movement is one that has been growing over the last several years, but has begun to receive widespread attention in recent months. People all over the United States […]

U.S. Green Building Council Raises the LEED Bar

The USGBC’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building program for 2009 has passed member ballot which upgrades the rating system for commercial buildings.  Changes include the weighting of certain green strategies to emphasize energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in new and existing buildings.  Another addition is a set of regional credits […]

2008 Livable Buildings Awards

The Center for the Built Environment (CBE) recently announced this year’s winners of its Living Building Awards. The awards serve as a mark of distinction for commercial buildings that demonstrate exceptional performance in terms of occupant satisfaction, resource efficiency, and overall design.

Lower Energy Bills by Adding Insulation to Your Home, Part I

Cold weather giving you chills…inside your house? Most older homes are not properly insulated which leaves homeowners with high energy bills used for heating and cooling. Not only will adding insulation to your home make you more comfortable, but it will also lower those utility bills!

Power Up With Rechargeable Batteries

This holiday season, a simple way to go green is to purchase rechargeable batteries instead of disposable alkaline batteries for electronic devices and toys. Alkaline batteries typically contain trace amounts of mercury and other elements, so they should be handled as hazardous waste upon disposal. Although they may cost more to buy, rechargeable batteries will […]

Obama’s Green Agenda

The U.S. Green Building Council is counting on President-Elect Obama to follow through with his commitment to sustainability as it is anticipated to stimulate both the economy and the environmental movement. Green building, renewable energy, a smarter electricity infrastructure, and improved public transportation are among key strategies. Business Week has the full story. Image by […]

Reclaimed Wood Furniture

After writing about new, sustainable dining room furniture, I got to thinking about an even more earth-friendly option — furnishings made from reclaimed wood. The wood is sourced from fallen trees or salvaged from old buildings and barns. Rich with an aged patina that is lacking in new wood furniture, these pieces using reclaimed wood […]

Light up Your Holidays with Efficient LEDs

LEDs, or light emitting diodes, come in a wide assortment of styles, sizes and colors to light up the Christmas tree and your home, inside and out. From stringers to icicles, this energy-efficient option will make decorating for the holidays easy and fun.

Free Green Building Workshops Offered in Iowa

The Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) and the Iowa Central Community College Green Building Institute are offering two free workshops for those interested in practical ideas for building green.  The intention is to help those remodeling or building new tips to save money, natural resources, and energy. Workshop topics include: Green construction methods Technologies […]

Green Condos Breathe New Life into Historic Buildings

One way to live a little lighter on the earth is to set up residence in an eco-friendly condominium. There, you’ll enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a building that used less resources to build than it would have taken to construct single family homes of comparable size. It’s no wonder that this reasonably-priced housing option […]

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