If you are like everyone else in this recession, you are taking a hard look at every operating expense. If you own, operate or work in a LEED certified building, you are probably evaluating every expense and weighing the environmental impact of those expenses. Hey, that is the responsible way to operate.
Several studies have proven that sustainable energy use, water conservation, waste reduction and other efficient practices help the environment and the bottom line. Green products and practices can bring considerable savings; not only do you save resources that might otherwise be wasted, you also save on utilities (and often because less resources are lost).Generally, deciding that you’ll buy environmentally safe products ends at the decision; sometimes a firmer commitment is needed. An EPA purchasing policy fulfills that needed commitment, as well as setting out standards for your company.What is an EPA purchasing policy?Also known as a Green purchasing policy, an EPA purchasing policy is a document that lays out what environmentally safe products your company will buy, from sustainable energy products to non-toxic pest controls. For instance, you may decide to replace conventional paper with recycled paper. Buying recycled paper from such-and-such a company would go into your policy.Writing an EPA purchasing policyA purchase policy […]
Let’s face it; the entire state of Texas has gone mad and words have mysteriously gained new meanings. Strange acronyms drop from the mouths of Texas mayors, city council members and others on high. Did the words lose something in translation? Discover the secret green building code.“Green” – It’s Not Just a Color Anymore“Green” isn’t the color of grass, anymore than “cool” is a temperature, and it’s time decoded what everyone in Texas (except you) is talking about. This is an abridged version of the green building acronym glossary; each acronym links to more information:ASHRAE – American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers: Organization set on advancing technology for a more sustainable world.CFL – Compact Fluorescent Lamp: More energy efficient, small fluorescent lamps.EPA – Environmental Protection Agency: governmental agencyFSC – Forest Stewardship Council: Independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests and opposes de-forestation. Independently certifies products […]