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Montgomery County to Abandon LEED Mandating IgCC for All Building

Montgomery County, Maryland has proposed adopting the International Green Construction Code 2012. At first blush this might sound like a good thing, until one considers that Montgomery County has long had mandatory green building laws for public and private construction, and the County today also offers significant incentives for green building. Many hundreds of LEED … Continue Reading

Pension Funds Must Now Consider Environmental, Social and Governance Factors

You may not have noticed, but with over $9 Trillion invested in U.S. pensions you should care that the U.S. Labor Department released Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 providing guidance on the investment duties of pension plans when considering investments, now requiring that they take into account environmental, social and governance factors. It is significant that the … Continue Reading

The Future of Green Building was On Display at Greenbuild

The USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, DC wrapped up last Friday and the question I have most been asked about Greenbuild is, “what was the highlight?” My response, Greenbuild is “the” target rich environment for green building people. The thousands of attendees represent more sustainability and green building business opportunities in … Continue Reading

Harvard Business Review Adds Environmental Performance to Ranking CEOs

It is significant when the Harvard Business Review alters its methodology in ranking the best performing CEOs in the world to now take into account a company’s environmental performance. Increasingly CEOs are coming to appreciate it is okay to make a profit while saving the planet. Harvard Business Review’s self described mission is “to improve … Continue Reading

WELL at the Intersection of Human Health and Green Building

“This could be bigger than anything in real estate since the invention of the roof,” according to Paul Scialla, the founder and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute. This “may be the most marketable proposition in real estate short of a front lawn overlooking the Fountain of Youth,” was how a recent Bloomberg Business … Continue Reading

Opportunities Shine in Community Solar

University Park Community Solar LLC, Maryland
People across the United States are seeking alternatives to conventional energy sources. Motivations vary from concerns over global warming to increasing energy independence, and hedging against rising fuel costs to because it is chic to be green. Advances in solar technology have made photovoltaics a much sought after energy alternative. But a 2008 study by … Continue Reading

FTC Warning about Green Certification Seals

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Three weeks ago the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to 5 providers of environmental certification seals and 32 businesses using those green seals, alerting them to the Agency’s concerns that the seals could be considered deceptive in violation of federal law. The FTC enforces the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45, which … Continue Reading
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