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The Power of Sustainable Design Guidelines

Sustainable design is crucial to creating environmentally friendly, healthy, and supportive spaces. Furthermore, it is a core requirement for achieving sustainability certifications like LEED and WELL.

Sustainability: Attracting Talent and Driving Business Success

In today's competitive job market, companies are finding that environmental sustainability is not only essential for the planet but also a key factor in attracting and retaining top talent. By prioritizing sustainability practices, businesses can...

The High Cost of Ignoring Sustainability: A Wake-Up Call for Business Leaders

The global demand for sustainability is rising, with consumers, governments, and international organizations pushing for stronger climate action. While these groups have the power to make a change, parts of the private sector are lagging, which is...

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...

Don't Be a Drip! Water Efficiency is Easy!

When it comes to the natural resources that a building uses, water is always at the top of the list. Some communities across America are particularly challenged either by a lack of resources or failing infrastructure. For example, Phoenix and its...

Litigation, Not Regulation, Will Drive ESG Progress

In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the importance of businesses taking the time to evaluate how ESG can help spur growth. In this week’s blog, we invited commercial litigator and ESG expert, Richik Sarkar, to share his perspective on rising trends...

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is Sustainable

Wow, it was great to be back in person at USGBC Live in Twin Cities, Minnesota, after months of isolation from the broader USGBC community. In their break-out session, Emerald team members Matt Setzekorn and Abby McDonald shared stories and lessons...

It’s Not Sustainable Without Social Equity

Yesterday kicked off Pride Month, a time when allies rally with their friends, families, and colleagues from the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate, educate, and mobilize for equity. Some of the first issues that spurred collective action that led to ...

All About EcoDistricts

Nearly one-half of the world’s population is currently living in cities--a figure that is projected to grow to two-thirds by 2050. The trend toward urbanization is clear, yet, in far too many instances, traditional development patterns have...