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Everything You Need to Know about the UK’s Code for Sustainable Homes

Launched way back in 2006, the UK’s Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is a huge step in the right direction for the construction industry. Similar to LEED in the US, it is an environmental protocol that aims to change the way houses and other properties are built. It was introduced with the view that making ‘environmentally friendly’, sustainable buildings now, will help tackle the issues with the environment that we are currently experiencing.

In the official CSH documentation the following benefits are highlighted:

1.  Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions- Cutting greenhouse gasses is now the cornerstone of almost every ‘green’ project, so it’s not surprise to see this at the top of the list.... read more

40 Home Energy Saving Tips

Home energy use

When there is a will there is a way. It is simple to save energy and money at home when you stop, think, and plan.  Here are 40 simple energy saving tips you can implement today.  Most of these are free (yes!) and can make a big difference.... read more

DIY Home Energy Audit Checklist

If you’re not ready to hire a professional to conduct an energy audit, but want to learn about your home’s energy efficiency to make changes for the better, you are in the right place.  Below you will find a comprehensive checklist to complete your own free home energy audit.  (Expect it to take you about half a day to complete) Most people find that with this DIY checklist they can make a few small improvements and save big on their energy bill each month.... read more

How to Throw a Green Dinner Party

Traditional dinner parties aren’t particularly environmentally friendly. If you want to plan and throw a green dinner party for your friends, you’re going to have to put forth some extra effort. You’ll find that your extra effort is worth it, however, when you consider the favor you’ll be doing for the earth. Here are some tips that will help you plan an eco-friendly party to remember:

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Presidio Graduate School Masters in Public Administration: My MPA visit

Presidio MPA review

A few years back I wrote an article about the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA/MPA program.  I was recently invited to spend a day at Presidio (located in San Francisco, CA) to learn more about the university, students, faculty, and curriculum.  As mentioned in my first article, Presidio tops most lists of “Green” or “Sustainable” Graduate programs, and I was honored to sit in on the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Integrative Capstone class two weeks ago.... read more

5 Tips for Getting a Job in Green Advocacy

Today we have a blog post by Michael Long, Director of GreenLocalJobs.com about tips for getting a job in green advocacy.  Thanks for a great blog post, Michael!  
 
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1. Learn Business Software - Before you can get your donor list engaged in your cause, you need to be able to create and manage a donor list.  I’ve interviewed executive directors and program managers at many great non-profits, and while passion is important, the hard skills are more often the best inroad into green advocacy.  Advocacy groups have to deal with donor lists, volunteer lists, mailing lists, financial documents, filings and marketing outreach. The nuts and bolts of most organization are going to be the word processing, spreadsheets and databases. A “certifications for basic office software” (word processing, spreadsheets, Microsoft Office) can be a huge advantage when applying for a position in an environmental advocacy organization.
 
2. Learn Online Promotion - Facebook pages and “tweets” are quickly becoming the most popular outreach mechanism for green and environmental advocacy organization. While it is not difficult to find a college student with hundreds of Facebook friends, it is much more of a challenge to use Facebook to get donors and the public engaged in a good cause. Learning the ends and outs of professional social media outreach is vital to building a base for change. A great way to do this is by building your own advocacy page or your own online green network. The employer will be impressed and your resume will go to the top immediately.

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Go Green with Plants

Today we have a guest blog post from David Hicks, co-president of Homevestors, discussing a way to make your home more appealing to green homebuyers.  

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For years, people have claimed that plants were good for us. Plants can help us be greener as well and not just because they are green! When you are selling your home, you want it to be as green as possible.  Here are a few small ideas to help your home become greener and make a big impact on the earth.

Add a Little O

Ever walked into a place and felt like you were stifling or walked into one and felt at peace and relaxed? If so, you have felt the effects of plants in a space. Plants naturally make you feel calmer and more relaxed. They also clean the air of carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the area. Incorporate this feeling whenever you sell your home by growing herbs, salad greens, and other plants in the kitchen, the bath, or anywhere around your home. Edible plants are easy to grow, make a great addition to your dinner plate, and make your house self-sustaining.... read more

Green Beauty Tips: How to Choose Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

Green beauty products

Today there are more “green” beauty products on the market than ever before – which is great! It gives us a variety of choices (where there used to be few) while sticking to our environmental guns. But not all green beauty products are created equal. Even if the label says “natural,” “eco-friendly” or even “organic,” there are still a few things you should look for. Here's my quick guide for choosing environmentally friendly beauty products:

- Read the labels!! If you don't know what something is or can't pronounce it, it probably isn't very good for you or the environment.... read more

10 Green Pregnancy Tips

Pregnancy Green

There is no better time to green your lifestyle that during pregnancy. Common pollutants that barely impact you and I  can have a much larger effect on your growing baby, in utero and out. Make these simple changes during pregnancy to establish healthy habits for your kiddo.

Here are some green pregnancy tips:... read more

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