Archive for March, 2011

South Carolina Top 10 for LEED- certified Projects in 2010

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2010 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2010, with Nevada being the leading state, with 10.92 square feet per person in 2010.

 Other top states include New Mexico, New Hampshire, Oregon and South Carolina; all with more than three square feet of LEED-certified space per person.

 The top LEED states per capita
1 Nevada: 10.92 sf
2 New Mexico: 6.35 sf
3 New Hampshire: 4.49 sf
4 Oregon: 4.07 sf
5 South Carolina: 3.19 sf
6 Washington: 3.16 sf
7 Illinois: 3.09 sf
8 Arkansas: 2.9 sf
9 Colorado: 2.85 sf
10 Minnesota: 2.77 sf

 “Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most,” said USGBC SVP of LEED, Scot Horst. “2010 was a difficult year for most of the building industry, but in many areas, the hunger for sustainable development kept the markets moving.”

 For the full list of LEED-certified projects visit: https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=8784

 To read more: http://www.usgbcsc.org/site/?p=2268

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Ten Ways to Detoxify Your Kitchen

Interior designer and sustainability specialist Mary Jane Derex shares five ways to detoxify your current kitchen, plus five ways to detoxify your future kitchen.

http://mortongrove.patch.com/articles/ten-ways-to-detoxify-your-kitchen

Can Sustainable Farming Feed the World?

Interesting article by New York Times food columnist and healthy food-cookbook author, Mark Bittman ….

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/sustainable-farming/?partner=rss&emc=rss

Way to go Grey”star”!!!

Local Charleston company does good for the earth….

http://www.pr.com/press-release/304309

Why 2011 May Be the End of the Housing Crash

The WSJ says there might finally be some good news this year ….

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703796504576168822497423738.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

How Green is the New iPad 2?

It’s thinner, lighter, …..

http://inhabitat.com/apple-unveils-thinner-lighter-ipad-2-but-is-it-green/

Fight Looms Over Real Estate Tax proposal

If you purchased your home after 2006, this will be of interest …..

http://www.thestate.com/2011/03/03/1720840/fight-looms-over-tax-proposal.html