Heed LEED for Better Bottom Lines

Written by admin on June 2, 2014

It can’t be denied that some companies “green wash,” meaning their sustainability efforts are more for public relations than for environmental reasons. I once worked for a company who claimed to be “going green,” but failed to recycle even one scrap of paper. So skepticism about “green” projects are understandable; however, since its inception in 2000, the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program has proven to benefit both the environment and bottom lines, making it increasingly beneficial for buildings to become LEED certified.

LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide third-party verification of green buildings via four certification levels”Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum”that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five design categories. Achieving any one of these certification levels gives a company green credentials that translate into good public relations. Additionally, the USGBC has noted that by reducing costs through saved energy and water, LEED certified buildings have been critical in saving companies and governments billions of dollars over the past several years. LEED certified buildings also contribute to a healthier bottom line by providing healthy indoor spaces for workers; this translates into increased productivity.

One building that recently achieved LEED Gold certification following an ambitious retrofit is one of the most recognized buildings in the world: the Empire State Building. According to Crain’s New York Business, the building saved 2.4 million in energy costs in 2011 and 2.3 million in 2012, beating projected savings by around 5 each year. The building’s new green credentials have also helped attract new commercial tenants who value the efforts made to make the building more environmentally friendly, which they trust will add to their bottom line. A good Site to find info is: http://www.electricitycompaniestexas.com/txu-energy/Texas/.

The results of the Empire State Building achieving LEED certification show that sound environmental policy is also good fiscal policy. With energy costs continuing to escalate and more companies looking to save money at every turn, retrofitting existing- or constructing new- buildings that are LEED certified is not only increasingly important, it’s pragmatic.

A building that achieves LEED certification provides a better work environment for employees , lower overall emissions into the environment, and considerably less energy costs; this is a case of going green that is certainly not green washing. Given that LEED certification is good for the environment, good for public relations, and good for the overall bottom line, it’s good business to take heed of LEED.

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Update On The Job Market In The United States

Written by admin on July 1, 2013

Finding a job is getting a little easier each day for most Americans. While there are still many people without jobs who are collecting unemployment, many people are able to re-enter the workforce and are making careers for themselves that they have always wanted. If you are unemployed, now is probably a great time to get out there and start looking for a job that will help you earn a salary to support yourself and your family at the same time.

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How World Markets Interact With One Another

Written by admin on May 15, 2013

For investors and students of economics, learning a little more about currency exchange markets, foreign trade and the other ways that world markets are able to interact with each other can be a very rewarding subject of study. Whether you are interested in making the best investment decisions or simply seeking to learn more about how economics and foreign markets have influenced history throughout the generations, finding the best educational resources can be an important concern. With access Read the rest of this entry »

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The Variation In the United States Stock Exchange

Written by admin on March 26, 2013

Staying informed and up to date on current economic news can be a very important concern. From business owners and private investors to job seekers and retirement planners, lacking for an effective news source about the current state of the economy can be a serious oversight. With the variations in the United States stock exchange that are seen everyday, many economic and business opportunities can be found and made use of. Investors who fail to stay current with such concerns may find themselves faced with a much bigger challenge when it comes to making the right business decisions.

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The Latest News Headlines From The US

Written by admin on April 29, 2012

If you grind your own meat you might consider continuing this practice. It was recently reported by a whistleblower that more than 70 percent of the meat sold in the United States contains a substance known as pink slime.

Originally reserved for dog food, pink slime was a term used to describe all the extra trimmings and bits of unappetizing meat that was cut out of the cow during the production phase. Now, pink slime is given a stringent ammonia bath before it is eventually reincorporated into the meat and sold on the market.

What does this mean for you? People all over the country have fired up their internet connection to weigh in on this shocking discovery and the response has been overwhelming. While the people in charge claim that there is nothing wrong with pink slime, many consumers simply aren’t buying into this and have even opted to switch over to new markets to avoid this phenomenon.

What does this mean for the meat market? Only time will tell. In this country, we eat a lot of meat and as the demand continues to rise, we may reach a point where people simply don’t care what they are eating.

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The Latest News Headlines From France

Written by admin on October 10, 2011

A French court has ruled that it will not force the extradition of Agathe Habyarrian, wife of former Rwardan president, to stand trail for genocide in Rwanda. Agathe Habyarrian, who currently lives in a mansion in Paris, has been refused asylum three times by a different French court.
Phoebe Philo has taken Paris fashion week by storm. Her new designs, with higher waistlines and higher heels, emphasize a woman’s proportion, line and cut. Much of the collection is done in white. Her handbags are selling faster in top designer department stores Read the rest of this entry »

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The Latest News Headlines From Germany

Written by admin on October 2, 2011

Employees of the Leipzig Zoo made the determination to put down the loveable, crossed-eyed oppossum today, because after being listless and unable to move for many weeks, all medical testing could not determine anything wrong with the animal unless it was old age. German artist known only as Wolfgang B. has admitted to 14 paint forgeries in court yesterday, September 27. He is one of four people being charged with frasud totaling 22 million dollars. Germany Chancellor Merkel said that it had been voted that Germany would provide Greece with all Read the rest of this entry »

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The Latest News Headlines From Japan

Written by admin on September 30, 2011

Japanese tsunami was mapped in detail for the first time
About 2000 kilometers of The Japanese coastline was surveyed.
Researchers showed how severe the tsunami was in different parts of Japan.
The researchers still say it is not possible to show how a tsunami will show how it will react once it hits the land.

The Women’s World Cup brought victory for Japan. There was joy on Monday morning for the women’s national football team. The team won against the United States in a penalty shootout. They won the Women’s World Read the rest of this entry »

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