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…

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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Amid IRS Overreach, Congress Has A Real Opportunity to Reform Conservation Easement Legislation

Source: Forbes (June 4, 2019) – In 1980, Congress enacted a law that provided land owners a tax break if they donate a conservation easement. The idea is simple: If someone owns land in some sort of environmentally sensitive area and they forswear developing that land, they can—after donating the easement to a qualified land…

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Today’s Challenges Call for Conservation Opportunities to be Expanded Not Limited

Source: The Telegraph (December 21, 2018) On Election Day, Georgians overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1, also known as the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment, which is expected to generate more than $20 million annually in dedicated conservation funding. It will do so not by raising or creating any new taxes or fees, but instead by rededicating a…

Post-Irma: Conservation Agenda More Vital Than Ever

Letter: Conservation Easements Benefit Public

Ridgeville resident William Baughman wrote the following Letter to the Editor in Charleston’s April 12th Post and Courier: I agree with the March 25 letter headlined “Private easements” about the importance of using conservation easements to protect South Carolina land for future generations. As we go through efforts such as the county comprehensive plan updates, we…