“Greenland and Antarctica are home to the two largest ice sheets in the world, and a new report released Wednesday says that they are contributing to sea level rise twice as much as they were just five years ago.”
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
What binds us together across our differences in religion or politics or economic theory is that when each one of us is cut, our blood flows red. Mine does and yours does too. Those who would try to appropriate God or family or country for their own narrow ends, who believe that religious faith is the property of one particular ideology, forget the width of God’s embrace, the healing power of a family’s arms, and the generosity of this country’s vision. God, family, and the nation belong to us all. And they belong to us all because of all that we share as human beings-the wonder that we experience when we look at the night sky; the gratitude that we know when we feel the heat of the sun; the sense of humor in the face of the unbearable and the persistence of suffering. And one more thing; The capacity to reach across our differences to offer a hand of healing
~Edward M. Kennedy
Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.
This is the exact reason that NAI has brought in ReVenture! Sustainability and Renewable Energy are the new differentials in the commercial real estate sector and the more that this industry wakes up to this reality, the more pressure they will bring to bear on our congress to wake up to all the positives of supporting the new energy economy.
In tight economic times, real estate developers focus on any competitive advantage they can develop to make their project more attractive to prospective tenants. For many years, that mean simply being lower on rent or including better aesthetic features, but at the intersection of the green movement and a tough economy, features like light-blocking blinds and water saving toilets are leading the pack of pragmatic amenities.
Just as daily or weekly occupants are favoring lodging with an environmental edge, longer-term users
Source: Ford Motor Company
of commercial or residential space want to see an ecological angle being played by their landlords. And it’s extending far beyond token developments like programmable thermostats and branching into heavier conservation measures meant to reduce consumption of water, energy, and space. Today’s most green-friendly developers are working on all three fronts.
On The Water Front
Water consumption is a huge expense for most businesses…
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There are many ways to cut costs while also creating a more comfortable home or workplace environment. We will be focusing on this topic this coming Friday! Tomorrow look for our review of an exciting new solar technology coming from V3 Solar!!
Green Construction Techniques used on residential construction can also be applied on commercial buildings. Thermal image cameras can be used to find and seal air leaks which can result in cooler interior climates. Also, permeable concrete allows for rain to seep through the concrete and into a pit that retains water which then cools incoming air through passive coils. These types of techniques have been around since the 90’s for residential construction projects. With green construction expected to more than double by 2020, it is time to move this planet forward.