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Why Go Green?

Alright, so this probably should have been my first post under Green Living.  But, better late than never!  In this post I will show you the vast number of environmental issues happening right now that should intrigue you to want to figure out you how you can go green. The following posts in Green Living will look further into these issues and explain what you can do to make choices that are more environmentally friendly in the future.

Why go green you ask?  There are three main reasons to consider living a more “green” lifestyle.

1. To preserve biodiversity/species.

2. To protect our environment.

3. To ensure generations to follow will have a place to call home.

Going green has been getting a lot of attention lately, but unfortunately we are still doing much more to hurt our Earth than to help her.  Species are going extinct and natural habitats are being destroyed because of the lifestyles that we choose to live.  The word cloud below just shows a few of the serious issues that we are facing in regards to the environment.

While the problems may seem too big to tackle, that is definitely not the case. Don’t get me wrong, they are BIG problems, but small changes made by a large group of people can help to solve those problems.  I think the key to solving the issues is really going to be looking outside of yourself.  We need to look at how our actions are effecting the world as a whole. The small changes are easier to make when you can see the impact they will have.

Nature really is just absolutely fabulous when you take the time to look closer and drink in all the lovely details that make up Earth.  Please join me on this journey to explore the issues and find ways we can help.

Happy Tree Hugging!

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Most Creative LEED Certified Buildings

There is only one thing you need to know for this post, and that is the definition of LEED certified.

“LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.” (8)

So, basically a building that is great for the environment and usually saves you money too!

Enjoy the photos!

Bank of America Tower

Manhattan, New York

LEED Certified – Platinum

The first LEED Platinum skyscraper.  The building features many energy enhancements, but its onsite 4.6-megawatt cogeneration plant is the main attraction. The system provides a clean and efficient power source for the building’s energy requirements, significantly reducing its reliance on the NYC grid. (1)

BMW – Welt

Munich, Germany

This gorgeous showroom featuires, solar rooftops, steel panels on the rooftop that heat the building via solar gain.  This saves the building 30% in energy costs.  It also has a natural ventilation system. Ok, and this one actually is not LEED certified, but it was too sweet not to put on this list.(2)

William J Clinton Presidential Library

Little Rock, Arkansas

LEED Certified – EB Platinum

This library was the first presidential library to become LEED certified.(3)

Meera House

Sentosa Island, Singapore

The main feature of this house is the green roof.  The house is wrapped in a special grass that helps to prevent flooding and promote proper drainage.  Gorgeous. (4)

Dallas Audobon Center

Dallas, TX

LEED Certified

The beautiful Audobon Center is an outdoor educational building.  Features include: recycled cotton ceilings, rubber tire floors, and poured concrete that has the appearance of wood. All which makes for one beautiful building! (5)

Hearst Tower

Manhattan, New York

LEED-Certified GOLD

The Hearst Towers features include, low-E glass in the building envelope, light sensors to control the amount of artificial light on each floor, activity level sensors that control both lights and computers, high efficiency HVAC systems, and use of outside makeup air for cooling and ventilation for 75 percent of the year.(6)

The Santa Monica Civic Center – Parking Garage

Santa Monica, CA

LEED Certified

This parking garage is the first LEED-certified parking garage in the United States.  The features include, a rooftop solar array, low-VOC paints, free bike storage, and a gray-water harvesting system that uses storm runoff for landscaping and Civic Center facilities.  Plus, it just looks sweet. (7)

Sources

1. http://inhabitat.com/photos-worlds-greenest-skyscraper-nycs-one-bryant-park/

2. http://www.experientia.com/blog/bmws-car-dealership-cathedral/

3. http://continuingeducation.construction.com/article.php?L=5&C=465

4. http://www.8bier.com/green-roof-house-meera-house/

5. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/leedcertified-dallas-audubon-c-126311

6.  http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/hearst-tower-leed-certified-in-agolda.html

7. http://inhabitat.com/first-leed-certified-parking-garage/attachment/9714/

8. http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1988

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