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As we discuss often, our primarily sedentary lifestyles are causing unhappiness at work which results in lowered productivity. In order to improve the office environment changes need to happen from the top down. Forward-thinking employers are taking advantage of the enormous amount of research, data, and findings available on this chronic problem and implementing solutions...

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Growing plants in your confined space will not only make it feel more hospitable but it will also produce better air quality by absorbing toxins. Depending on your sunlight conditions you may want to consider purchasing these plants at maturity. They are relatively low maintenance and grow in most conditions and climates. Some of the best plants...

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There are ways to sell your home for more money. If you’re contemplating doing some environmental upgrades to your home consider these factors: Was the lumber sustainably harvested? How much energy does your home use monthly? Do you have low flush toilets installed? Have you swapped out your old light bulbs for new energy efficient ones?...

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Eco-districts employing a strong urban agriculture plan understand the significant impact that access to healthy and locally-grown food has on community residents. A secure, local food system in the heart of an eco-district provides the following benefits for its community: Economic opportunities (specialty restaurants, farmers’ markets, and building integrated agriculture) Educational and training outcomes Mental...

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North American homeowners are taking advantage of incentives and performing green home renovations. Environmentally conscious homebuilding has exploded worldwide as has the awareness and concerns about our water supply and the urgency of finding sustainable solutions. Nearly 23,000 homes across the U.S. have some function that includes Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design certification. Making one or some of...

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7 Hats of Eric Corey Freed

April 7, 2014 |

Eric Corey Freed, Founder of the organicARCHITECT has the passion and enthusiasm that give him a great platform to communicated his message from. Here we’ve put together a snap shot of the many facets Eric uses to provide green building solutions. Here are the many hats of Eric Corey Freed: 1. Architect 2. Speaker 3. Author 4....

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37 Benefits of Green Roofs

April 1, 2014 |

Sustainable green roofs are one of the most economically feasible and environmentally friendly ways to integrate urban agriculture and vegetation into design and development. 1. Decrease storm water runoff which is typically a source of pollution 2. Provide natural rain water absorption 3. Become a great way to harvest rainwater through catchment, filtering, and recycling 4....

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Health, economic, social, and environmental benefits of incorporating more plants and greenery into urban spaces, and commercial and residential buildings. Pasona HQ, Tokyo, Japan Vancouver Convention Centre’s West Building, Vancouver, BC Semiahmoo Library, South Surrey, BC Gutman Visitation Center, Jerusalem, Israel Nanyang Technological University, Singapore California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California Shenzhen Asian Cairn...

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Urban agriculture takes many forms using multiple methods and mediums. But no matter which city is in question the overall benefits of its urban agriculture efforts are vast and long-term. 1. Vertical Gardening 2. Rooftop Gardening 3. Window Farming 4. Greenhouse Gardening 5. Hydroponic Gardening 6. Aeroponic Gardening 7. Mistponic Gardening 8. Aquaponic Gardening 9....

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Everything from recycling, to reducing energy consumption, to eliminating waste will all have positive impacts on employee morale, the cost of doing business, customer relations, and of course the Earth. Here are a few tips that your office can implement to save money and reduce the size of that dreaded carbon footprint. Ensure there are recycling...

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