The business case for green buildings

The business case for green buildings

It is simpler to incorporate sustainability into a building’s design, construction and operations before its development, rather than retrofitting existing features. FILE PHOTO

The adoption of energy and water reducing initiatives translates into cost savings.

GREEN buildings. Efficient in the use of energy, water and materials – all while providing quality air supply. Sounds very Al Gore, right? Green buildings, are, in fact, becoming more and more commonplace in commercial … [more…]

Outdoor recreation businesses file lawsuit to protect the Boundary Waters

photo: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota

Plaintiffs cite irreparable harm to a vital economic driver and negative financial consequences for local businesses.

On June 21, nine local businesses that rely on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to support jobs and that contribute to a sustainable economy in northeastern Minnesota filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior challenging the reinstatement of two long-expired mineral leases … [more…]

Proposed Alaska mine could threaten salmon population

Proposed Alaska mine could threaten salmon population

Alaska has both a surging salmon fishing industry and gold mining industry. But a mining company’s proposal to build what could be the biggest gold and copper mine in the world may be toxic to the salmon population. It’s causing some to question what’s worth more: the salmon or the gold?

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Coke and Pepsi, gardening together in Mexico’s mountains to preserve urban water

Coke and Pepsi, gardening together in Mexican mountains to preserve urban water

The Nature Conservancy hopes to plant perhaps 100,000 native agave and pine trees in the forests around Monterrey, Mexico’s third-largest metro area.

The semiarid Mexican city of Monterrey has two major challenges with water: either there is not enough or there’s far too much. Improving and fixing the area’s infrastructure could cost billions. But a USA environmental organization has a far cheaper solution, and it’s getting rival corporations — like … [more…]

Bottled water overtakes soda as America’s No. 1 drink — and you should avoid both

Bottled water overtakes soda as America’s No. 1 drink — and you should avoid both

Bottled-water consumption in the U.S. hit 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons. Americans now drink more bottled water than soda.

Bottled-water consumption in the U.S. hit 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons, marking the first time that soda was knocked off the top spot, according to data from industry tracker Beverage Marketing Corp. But … [more…]