Earth Day – Make it Count
Lifestyle choices play a large role in sustainability. Consider these recycling facts:
You could save enough energy to power 20 hours of a 60-watt CFL light bulb by recycling:
• 1 aluminum can or
• 2 plastic bottles or
• 15 plastic grocery bags
You could save enough energy to power 8 hours of an air conditioner by recycling:
• 50 aluminum cans or
• 100 plastic bottles
• 107 glass bottles
You could save enough energy to power 5 hours of a laptop by recycling:
• 1 aluminum can
• 2 plastic bottles
• 3 glass bottles
• 15 plastic grocery bags
• 18 magazines
Broaden your impact by helping your community get involved using advocacy ideas from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Pick 5 environmental actions:
1. Participate in a local environmental festival or event.
2. Organize a local event!
• Start a recycling competition at work
• Organize a cleanup day in your community, share the before and after photos with Pick5!
3. Establish a Green Award program in your community.
4. Talk to a friend about Pick5!
5. Find a 'Green Mate' across the globe, double up to make a difference. Pair up through Pick5 on Twitter, Facebook, let us know how you found each other!
6. Share your commitment on social networking sites.
7. Join or start a green club in your community.
8. Bring environmental education to your local schools and community.
9. Raise Awareness! Talk to others about the state of the environment, locally or globally.
Help Us Bring Jason McLennan to GreenTrends!
Our Goal - $7,500
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world. McLennan serves as the CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading NGO that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.
An Ashoka Fellow, Jason is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the world’s most progressive and stringent green building program. He is the author of five books; The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, The Dumb Architect’s Guide to Glazing Selection, The Ecological Engineer, Zugunruhe and Transformational Thought.
Advanced Energy Retrofit Guidelines Available
For Various Building Types
The US Department of Energy, through its Building Technologies Office, has been creating advanced energy retrofit guidelines (AERGs) for various building types. (See links below).
The latest in the AERGs series, offers comprehensive information and analytical methods for calculating the cost effectiveness of the highest priority measures that should be considered for retrofit projects in hospitals and small outpatient facilities.
A webinar on implementing AERGs into health care facilities and small medical offices is planned for April 17. Guest speakers are Sonia Punjabi, U.S. Department of Energy, and Bob Hendron, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
The AERG for Healthcare Facilities helps commercial building owners and managers to plan, design, and implement energy improvements in existing facilities. This guide identifies the unique challenges and opportunities in healthcare facilities, with an emphasis on the most effective commissioning and retrofit measures identified by experts.
One of the most important gaps in the current literature is reliable and actionable cost and energy savings methods and data. The AERGs address this gap by providing very comprehensive analytical methods for calculating the cost-effectiveness of retrofit measures. These methods are supplemented by examples using the Pre-1980s Commercial Reference Buildings, and by detailed case studies demonstrating how organizations have successfully implemented similar measures in commercial buildings. All of the AERGs are available for free download:
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Office Buildings
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Retail Buildings
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Grocery Stores
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for K-12 Schools
• Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities
Take the Retrofit Challenge
Are you involved with remodeling, renovation, or home performance? The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) researchers are looking for partners to "test drive" best practices under a recently launched initiative - the Retrofit Challenge. Get the scoop on cost-effective, energy-savings practices, take the Retrofit Challenge Pledge, and access research and case studies backing up the Retrofit Challenge at www.ba-pirc.org/retrofit. Or contact Karen Sutherland (321) 638-1474.
Do Green Homes Really Deliver?
New Study Shows Likes & Dislikes
GuildQuality, a leading provider of customer satisfaction surveying for the residential building industry, recently conducted a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified green home built within the past three years. The study, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) aimed to uncover how green homeowners feel after purchasing their home; primarily focusing on their overall satisfaction and whether they would recommend purchasing a green home to others.
Key findings of the study reveal:
- 94% would recommend a green home to a friend.
- 92% would purchase another green home.
- 71% of respondents believe that green homes are, overall, of higher quality.
- 55% knew their home may have cost more than a non-green home, but believed the benefits outweighed the cost.
- 90% were satisfied knowing they "did the right thing" in buying a green home.
Homeowners also provided their feedback on what influenced their decision to purchase a green home, and the sustainable features they value most. According to respondents, low utility bills, energy efficiency and better insulation topped the list of the green-related aspects that homeowners were most satisfied with.
What were they least satisfied with? [Read the report]
Understanding the FTC Green Marketing Guidelines
Do you know the do's and don'ts of marketing green features? What you don't know could end up being a liability. Check out this tutorial on marketing from the Federal Trade Commission.
FGBC Background and Mission
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is "to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs."
FGBC was conceived and founded in the belief that green building programs will be most successful if there are clear and meaningful principles on which "green" qualification and marketing are based. We are a membership-based organization governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers who are elected by the general membership.
The FGBC is continually finding new and innovative ways to educate builders, developers, local governments, and consumers about how to achieve a healthier, more environmentally sustainable future.
The purposes of the Florida Green Building Coalition are:
- To develop, implement and administer voluntary green building standards and certification programs in Florida, which will be open to any interested party
- To award its certification mark to qualified projects
- To educate the general public, businesses, institutional and governmental bodies of the long term benefits of sustainable development and green building practices
- To encourage housing affordability by increasing building sustainability
- To stimulate statewide acquaintance and fellowship among members and others interested in green building practices
- To provide opportunities for members and other interested parties to increase their knowledge of green building practices.
2004 - Sustainable Florida 'Best Practices' Award
2013 - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) Exemplary Water-Energy Program