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Inflation Reduction Act Quick Tips

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 is a game changer for businesses pursuing sustainability. Among the many initiatives the IRA covers, it has a strong focus on reducing energy use and expediting renewable energy development in the U.S. It is...

Pro Tips for GHG Emissions Reporting Success

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting is crucial to any sustainability program, whether for corporate ESG or because your customers are requiring it. It is one of the most prevalent environmental criteria the public associates with climate change...

Is Remote Work Eco-Friendly? Unpacking the Emissions Debate

In the wake of the pandemic, there has been a seismic shift in the world's work environment, transitioning many employees from traditional office spaces to remote, work-from-home (WFH) setups. In the U.S. alone, remote work increased to over 40% of...

Behind the Scenes of LEED Certification: Our Success Story

When we contemplated moving offices in 2021, our employees were clear: “Don’t bring us back to the office unless you walk the walk.” To our team at Emerald Built Environments, that commitment meant having LEED-certified offices. However, for a small...

Transforming Older Buildings: A Path to Sustainability and Certification

Older buildings make up the majority of the U.S. housing and infrastructure landscape. While the most sustainable building is one that exists, older buildings were built on old standards for building performance. Most of these facilities operate...

The Top 10 Emerald Blogs of 2022

Sustainability saw steady growth in multiple industries during 2022 and further entered mainstream conversations in the public and private sectors. This trend is driven by growing consumer demand for businesses to improve their environmental and...

U.S. Military Marching Towards Net Zero

Environmental sustainability is a growing theme in boardrooms across the U.S. while consumers and investors demand that businesses do more to assess and improve their impact on the environment. This growth in environmentally conscious business is...

Sustainability Certifications Are Not JUST for Buildings

While most people in the sustainability space are familiar with sustainability certifications that apply to buildings such as LEED, NGBS, and Green Globes many don’t know about certifications for outdoor spaces and structures. SITES and...

Fact Check: Does LEED Really Cost More?

Let us first state the obvious: Yes, it costs money to achieve LEED certification for a building - just like it costs money to achieve any other sustainable building certification. We often hear blanket statements such as it will cost just 10% more...