Quoted in Dredging News Online:
“We’re pleased with the direction the EPA has taken,” said Josh Verleun, Riverkeeper Staff Attorney and Chief Investigator. “Overall we support EPA’s plan and their continued position that controlling CSOs is an essential part of the Gowanus canal cleanup. Development of the additional controls that would reduce CSOs by 58–74 per cent is a significant step forward.”
Green Business Certifications Part 2: LEED Certification
Last year I became certified as a LEED Green Associate allowing me to advise on the achieving LEED certification on green building projects. LEED is the most widely utilized certification for green building in new construction, renovation for building core and shell, and operations and maintenance.
LEED Certification for Green Buildings.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
- Lower operating costs and increase asset value
- Reduce waste sent to landfills
- Conserve energy and water
- Be healthier and safer for occupants
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
- Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities