Monthly Archives: November 2010

Nov
24
2010
Non-Green Office Buildings Sacrifice 8% in Rent Revenues

Dutch economist Nils Kok has published the most comprehensive statistical analysis to date on the relative value of green and conventional buildings. The results show that U.S. buildings labeled under the LEED or Energy Star programs charge 3% higher rent, have greater occupancy rates, and sell for 13% more than …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Nov
15
2010
Cast Your Vote on the Best Advice for Certified Green Plus Umstead Hotel & Spa

Certified Green Plus Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, North Carolina, is the subject of a national case sustainability case competition organized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. One of three final teams to compete for the $10,000 cash prize in January could be chosen by you! Check …

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Nov
13
2010
Case Study:  Great Lakes Brewing Company Mechanical System Modernization

The Great Lakes Brewing Company modernized their heating plant and added a solar thermal hot water heating system for their restaurant in Cleveland Ohio. This case study was presented to a group of architects and engineers for continuing education credit.

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Since 1986 Andy Culberson has been the President of Geisel Mechanical Services. Geisel is a Design-Build Mechanical Contractor serving northern Ohio since 1935. In 1981 Andy began working full time at Geisel after receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ohio State...
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Nov
11
2010
Dinner and a Documentary: Carbon Nation

Join us for dinner and a documentary! The Institute, along with Diplomacy Matters, NCTA, and SBTDC, is organizing an advanced screening of the documentary Carbon Nation, a solutions-based film that looks at what ordinary Americans are doing to prosper in this new low carbon economy.  The film will be followed by …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Nov
11
2010
New Green Plus Certified Businesses and Green Plus Movers

The Institute for Sustainable Development is proud to announce four new organizations achieved full Green Plus TM Certification in the third quarter of 2010: The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce (IN); Global Electric Electronic Processing’s (GEEP) branch in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; High Construction and Greenfield Architects (Lancaster, PA),: …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Nov
8
2010
Institute Senior Fellow Shana Starobin on Why Some Third Party Certifiers Are More Credible Than Others" - in the Berkeley Electronic Press

In “The Search for Credible Information in Social and Environmental Global Governance: The Kosher Label,” Duke University’s Shana Starobin and Erika Weinthal examine why some third party certifiers are more credible than others. An Abstract in The Berkeley Electronic Press sums up their analysis: “Hundreds of ‘eco-labels’ and ‘social labels’ …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Nov
7
2010
Sustainability as an Economic Opportunity In North Carolina

A discussion of how sustainable business can present opportunities similar to those create by North Carolina’s biotechnology push 30 years ago — excerpted from an article by Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin: “Again, the focus is on the purposeful expansion and acceleration of a promising sector – coordinating research, funding …

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Nov
3
2010
Initiative To Connect Rural Business, Sustainable Economic Development in North Carolina

    NC Rural Center, Institute for Sustainable Development, Partner to Help Rural North Carolina Business through Green Education, Micro Loans The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center and the Institute for Sustainable Development have partnered to help businesses in the state’s 85 rural counties improve their bottom lines, linking …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Nov
3
2010
Living Cities to award $14.75 million to boost Cleveland Foundation sustainable development effort

(October 28, 2010) “Living Cities, a consortium of the world’s 22 largest foundations and banks, is set to announce today in Detroit that Cleveland is one of five U.S. metropolitan areas to share an $80 million basket of grants and loans. Cleveland and the other winners — Detroit; Baltimore; Newark, …

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Nov
1
2010
Last Week to Register for Marketing Green Responsibly!

Its your last opportunity to learn how your small business or nonprofit can market being green and sustainable in a responsible way.   We’ll walk you through what to include in your marketing plan and what to AVOID, as well as best practices which feature real businesses and how you …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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