Sunset through the trees

How Congress Can Improve Laws on Land Conservation

Source: The Hill/Robert Ramsay (September 18, 2020) Thankfully Congress has already taken action this year that will ensure more land is saved from development and available for recreational pursuits, but more remains to be done. Specifically, in July, Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act with bipartisan support, fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This…

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Follow the Green Money as Coronavirus Spreads

Source: Politico.com (April 3, 2020) – What is sustainable finance? It’s where the money is, or was. Before the coronavirus crisis hit, there was a fast-building global wave of money flowing toward financing a more sustainable future: from green buildings to renewable energy, from more efficient factories to 479 green bonds in 2019 alone. Yet for…

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Trends in Real Estate Development

Green Light: Environmentally Friendly Building Becoming The Norm

Source: Traverse City Business News (April 1, 2020) – When it comes to building, it’s now easy being green. According to the United States Green Building Council, roughly 40% of the single-family house market is made up of green homes and 84% of new residential construction projects incorporate “sustainable features.” The Traverse City Business News spoke to…

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13 Proven Methods Businesses Can Leverage To ‘Go Green’

Source: Forbes (February 26, 2020) – With eco-consciousness on the rise, a growing number of businesses are adapting their practices to become more environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to being good for the environment, this kind of eco-conscious approach can help attract new customers who are equally interested in being “green.”…

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Biodiversity and Business: 4 Things you Need to Know for 2020

Source: GreenBiz (February 5, 2020) – This year, 2020, has been dubbed the “super year” for the environment. We’re used to hearing about climate change and the urgent need to slow global warming. This year, environmental experts are adding another focus to the mix: biodiversity. A new business buzzword? Or an oldie but a goodie?…

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Morning Flowers on a clearing day

OPINION: The Upstate is a treasure worth protecting

Source: Greenville News (April 22, 2018) – Last spring, I invited Dr. Patrick McMillan, Hilliard Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson and Director of the SC Botanical Garden, to speak at one of Upstate Forever’s events. He urged us all to take a moment to be awed by our region’s natural wonders, and to appreciate…

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“LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building will endure especially because it makes economic sense.”

-U.S. Green Building Council