As we focus more on green building the kinds of measurements we take have grown as well. There are many types of certifications out there, but two of them are the well-known LEED and the newer Green Globes certified. Which one is better?
Although the key goal of any business is to maximize profits, there are other important factors to consider such as eco-responsibility and company sustainability. A company is considered to be a truly green industry if it has a double-fold policy. This means that being green is not only restricted to the operations of an organization, but it’s also reflected in its products and services.
It may not be as popular as BYOB, but businesses should sit up and take note of the bring-your-own-device craze. Bring your own device, or BYOD, lets employees utilize personal smart phones, tablets and laptops in a work environment instead of relying on company-provided mobiles. There’s ample reason for a company to take advantage of an employee-empowerment mobile plan, including increased productivity and morale, and according to a Cisco survey, nearly 90 percent of IT departments use a BYOD system. There’s more to it than just dollars and cents, however. How can a BYOD plan make a company turn into an eco-friendly business?
The New Year means that many of us will be making resolutions – plans to better ourselves, do something to better others or even do something to better the environment. We’ve only got one planet, and developing less harmful technology is going to be even more important in the future to ensure that our planet not only survives, but thrives. Here are five green tech trends that are going to be important for many of us to keep an eye on in the New Year.
Believe it or not, electric cars first debuted in the 1830’s. Since then, just as with every other type of vehicle, designers of electric cars have been steadily improving upon every aspect, including power, handling, driving range, and, most importantly, safety. So, it should come as no surprise that electric cars are just as safe as gas-powered vehicles. In fact, the safest car ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was the Tesla Model S – an electric car.
When was the last time you considered how much your landscaping was actually costing your family? Sure, it might look luxurious and colorful, but is it sustainable? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at least 30 percent of American water use is solely for outdoor irrigation. Maintaining an energy-efficient backyard could not only cut water usage, but also reduce packaging waste and fuel costs of landscaping crew’s transportation and equipment usage. These tips will help you green your landscaping and save money at home.