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EMERALD BLOG

Laura Steinbrink

Ms. Steinbrink has over eleven years of experience leading project teams to discover and implement sustainability goals in business and the built environment. She grew Emerald Built Environments over that time to an internationally-sought after partner to owners and their architects and project teams. Ms. Steinbrink excels at facilitating eco-charrettes and strategy sessions that align the owner’s business and financial objectives with their renovation and new construction projects thereby establishing clear goals and strategies for project delivery. Her experience spans heavy industry to retail, housing, commercial, education, medical facilities and roads and bridges.

How Your Company Can Fight Climate Change

Imagine a future where every business works in tandem with the planet. Today, the reality of climate change is undeniably pressing, marked by steady increases in global temperatures, ice melt, and extreme weather events. Scientific consensus...

Zero Energy Ready Homes and The 45L Tax Credit

In today's sustainability-conscious marketplace, green building certifications are one of the best publicly visible ways for developers to demonstrate their sustainability consciousness. Certifications provide a framework for developers to follow...

7 Sustainable Practices Every Business Should Adopt in 2024

As Earth Day approaches, it's a timely reminder for businesses to reflect on their impact on the planet. This global observance emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship — something every business should prioritize, not just for ethical...

Building Resilience: Challenges of Extreme Weather

Architects, engineers, and contractors contend with site conditions when designing and building buildings. For example, structural engineers must evaluate the efficacy of soil conditions to support the structure. Civil engineers understand potential...

Building Green: The Latest Sustainable Materials

In the ever-evolving construction industry landscape, sustainability has moved from a niche interest to a central focus for developers, architects, and builders in the United States. With the U.S. setting ambitious climate goals, including a more...

Investing in Impact: The Benefits of B Corp Certification

This month is B Corp Month and we celebrate a trend reshaping the global economy toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. At the forefront of this movement are B Corporations (B Corps), certified for-profit companies proving that...

Regulatory Changes in Sustainability: New GHG and Climate Disclosures

On the heels of the SEC ruling on March 6, 2024 requiring approximately 2,800 U.S.-based and over 500 foreign-based companies to report greenhouse gas emissions, it's time to revisit the what and why of emissions reporting. In addition to the new...

Navigating the Future: Sustainable Tax Policies

With the tax season underway, business owners have an opportunity to explore the crossover between finance and sustainability. The landscape of government policy is ever-changing, with significant implications for the business community—especially...

Climate Action Plans: A Blueprint for Regional Climate Policy

At a time when the economic and social impacts of climate change are becoming ever more evident, the urgency for comprehensive climate action is clear. From droughts across the central and southern U.S. to hurricanes battering the Caribbean, the...