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Jun
14
2013
Adaptive Reuse - BONUS

What It Is Adaptive reuse is the process of reusing an existing site or building for a purpose other than what it was originally intended for. Unlike simple historic conservation, adaptive reuse transforms underused buildings and sites into locations that are economically useful. Examples include the renovation of abandoned warehouses …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Oct
4
2012
Green Building Certifications – BONUS

What It Is Green building certifications are based on scoring methods that rate how “green” buildings are. These certifications incentivize the development of high-performance, efficient buildings at any stage, from renovation to construction. Certification is based on standards and voluntary guidelines that each specific certification defines and requires. Most certifications …

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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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Oct
4
2012
Renewable Energy

What It Is Renewable energy is energy that is naturally occurring and theoretically inexhaustible. Fossil fuels, though they are formed through natural processes, take millennia to form and available sources will be exhausted in the near future. Some major sources of renewable energy include solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy.  …

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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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Sep
30
2012
Recycling Electronics – BONUS

What It Is Recycling electronics is a way to reduce the negative societal, human health, and environmental impacts resulting from the improper disposal of electronic waste, or “e-waste.” Recycling e-waste will: (1) reduce the potential for electronic products’ hazardous materials to harm humans and ecosystems (2) extend the life of …

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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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Sep
30
2012
Chemical Reduction Methods

What It Is Chemical reduction methods are ways in which businesses can lower the chance that chemicals (usually from janitorial products) make their way into soils and waterways. Below are some common claims found on “environmental” chemical products that you should not take at face value: Non-toxic: Implication that product will …

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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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Sep
30
2012
Tracking Energy Usage

What It Is Tracking energy use involves monitoring, recording, reviewing, and analyzing energy bills and data on a regular basis so that you can identify how energy is used, and reduce costs and consumption.   Why It Matters             Tracking energy usage is an important first step to understanding how your …

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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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Feb
1
2012
Composting

What It Is Composting is a natural process that turns decomposed organic materials into a rich soil called compost. Composting involves mixing yard and organic waste in a pile or bin and mimicking conditions that support the process of decomposition. Decomposition is fueled by millions of microscopic organisms (i.e., bacteria, …

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Jan
25
2012
Carbon Footprint

What It Is A carbon footprint evaluation measures the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transportation, and the production of consumer goods, among other activities, for a particular residence, business, or other unit of analysis (such as a city). Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. There …

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Nov
28
2011
Product Sustainability Certifications

What It Is Sustainability certifications are generally third party assessments of products where the certifying organization evaluates the products against a number of specific agreed upon standards. Often these certifications are not required, but may be weighed by customers when comparing their product choices and options. A number of these …

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Nov
2
2011
Zero Waste to Landfill – BONUS

What It Is Zero waste is when absolutely no trash or other types of solid waste generated in a business or home are sent to a landfill. It goes beyond recycling in that it strives for the most efficient use possible for all materials and that those materials either return to the …

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