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Is Your State in the Top Ten for LEED?

What were the top states for LEED in 2013? Illinois topped the list, with Washington, D.C. coming in at #10. Within the top ten states there were 1,777 projects certified, covering 226.8 million square feet. Did your state make the list?  See the top ten states for LEED (Infographic). * Read the rest of the Feb. 2014 … Continue reading Is Your State in the Top Ten for LEED?

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Washington, D.C. Offers Rebates for Property Managers

Washington D.C.’s Department of the Environment (DDOE) and the Anacostia Watershed Society recently launched two new rebate programs to assist property managers in improving their stormwater management practices, in some cases covering up to 100% of the costs. The RiverSmart Communities initiative provides rebates for properties investing in sustainable stormwater management solutions that may include permeable … Continue reading Washington, D.C. Offers Rebates for Property Managers

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New LEED Achievement – 440 9th Avenue Certified

Congratulations to the Paramount Group. Their building at 440 9th Avenue in NYC has been certified LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v2008), achieving 37 out of 38 attempted points. Great Forest managed the LEED certification process and guided the building on upgrades and credits required. Work performed included waste audits, a transit survey, as well as … Continue reading New LEED Achievement – 440 9th Avenue Certified

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Time to Recertify Your LEED Building?

Is your LEED status about to expire?  For a small but growing number of buildings, the answer is Yes. LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED: EB O&M) requires recertification every five years. Recertification takes about a year to complete so if your building obtained LEED on or before 2009, it is time to start the process. … Continue reading Time to Recertify Your LEED Building?

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New Sustainability Standards Coming

This fall, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is rolling out the G4, a new set of sustainability reporting guidelines. This is the first major revision of the guidelines since 2006, and it aims to deliver more meaningful reports by focusing on documenting what really matters to the organization. “The new framework moves away from broad, … Continue reading New Sustainability Standards Coming

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8 Tips to Fast-Track LEED

Existing buildings can receive high scores without dragging out the LEED process if they follow these 8 steps, according to Buildings Magazine, which put together this tip sheet with advice from Great Forest and other industry experts. It may seem like common sense, but some gung-ho teams end up focusing too much on optional credits … Continue reading 8 Tips to Fast-Track LEED

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