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September 12, 2016, by Jim Messner

What exactly is Energy Star?

Energy Star.  That little blue logo you may recall seeing on your dishwasher, refrigerator, or water heater.  What is it and why does it appear everywhere? Energy Star is a certification system that was originally born from collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DoE).  Energy Star was launched in 1992 […]

April 7, 2015, by Allison McKenzie

Reducing Emissions and Making Changes

If you’ve followed along with my blog, Building My Green Life, you know how strongly I feel about making smart, sustainable choices in life and in my work. With approximately 40% of energy use in the U.S. attributed to buildings, the architecture, design and construction community is both the problem and the solution to reduced […]

November 26, 2013, by DuWayne Baird

My Greenbuild 2013 Experience

Back in September I was chosen to be one of the fortunate group of people to be selected for the Greenbuild 2013 Scholarship, granted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  This scholarship allowed winners to travel and attend the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, held in Philadelphia, PA last week. For a variety of […]

June 26, 2012, by Charlie Jahnigen

Changing the Perception of Sustainability on a Sunday Afternoon

I was watching golf last weekend on tv and saw a new FedEx commercial.  In the animated commercial, the narrator states, “The inspiring story of how a shipping giant can befriend a forest…” Scenes of stereotypical earth friendly symbols are shown throughout. It ends with the tag line “sustainable solutions…FedEx –solutions that matter.” It’s inspiring […]

May 1, 2012, by Allison McKenzie

Eco-Bling: Good or Bad?

Not too long ago, I was sitting in the patient chair at my dentist’s office, chatting with the dental hygienist as she started to clean my teeth. This particular person had not worked on my mouth before, so we were covering the basics of “do you have kids?” and “what do you do for a […]