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Sustainable Business in the World
Sustainable business, or green business, is an enterprise to be that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy—a business that strives to meet the triple bottom line. Often, sustainable businesses have progressive environmental and human rights policies. In general, business is described as green if it matches the following four criteria: It incorporates principles of sustainability into each of its business decisions.
It supplies environmentally friendly products or services that replaces demand for nongreen products and/or services. It is greener than traditional competition has made an enduring commitment to environmental principles in its business operations.
A sustainable business is any organization that participates in environmentally friendly or green activities to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address current environmental concerns while maintaining a profit. In other words, it is a business that “meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.” It is the process of assessing how to design products that will take advantage of the current environmental situation and how well a company’s products perform with renewable resources.


The Brundtland Report emphasized that sustainability is a three-legged stool of people, planet, and profit. Sustainable businesses with the supply chain try to balance all three through the triple-bottom-line concept—using sustainable development and sustainable distribution to affect the environment, business growth, and the society
Everyone affects the sustainability of the marketplace and the planet in some way. Sustainable development within a business can create value for customers, investors, and the environment. A sustainable business must meet customer needs while, at the same time, treating the environment well.
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Member of Year 2013 Contra Costa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Member of Year 2013 Contra Costa Hispanic Chamber  of Commerce | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it

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For my award "The Member of Year 2013" for Contra Costa Hispanic Chamber
"Buenas Noches y Gracias a todos por venir hoy …I am very humbled, since the candidates for this award have such a superb entrepreneurial spirit and successful background, and they are all role models for our community here in Contra Costa, so I was very honored by being nominated together with

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I first want to thank Johnny Huang, President of the Contra Costa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Ray Villanueva, Vice President, for the leadership and support . I am witness of their dedication and commitment to this institution and to us all. I also want to thank the Staff and Board members of this great organization, without you all our efforts and ideas would be just that, efforts and ideas, you turn them into reality, and then some.

Transitions are always challenging, especially when you are taking the baton from proven Olympic-quality runners like Eric Maldonado and Ed Basaldua, my friends and former Presidents of this proud organization. They both set a thunderous pace towards lofty yet achievable institutional goals. But make no mistake that this is a long run, a marathon, and I am convinced John and Ray and the entire team of Board members and Staff of today will continue the victorious path to institutional glory and unparalleled service to the Latino entrepreneurs and the community that is in the blood, in the DNA of this Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of our beloved Contra Costa County.

I am the Executive Director of RENACER, a nonprofit organization I cofounded back in 2009, an idea resulting from the kind mentorship of our friend Tim Rios from Wells Fargo, to whom we will always be indebted. This nonprofit work is a natural consequence of all my previous work in social responsibility and philanthropy, which started in Peru, my country of birth, and continued here in the US, in support of the victims of major natural disasters in Peru and benefitting children suffering from disabilities in the San Francisco Bay. RENACER’s mission is simply to help Create Value for All Forever…how we do that? well, initially by means of enabling the growth and access to resources to Hispanic small business owners in disadvantaged situations operating in underserved markets in CA, all wrapped in green, sustainable business principles…. but the real target is to help establish sustainable, social and environmental sound clusters of economic development in every region of this beautiful State, empowering the role of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in the process. We did not create this model..we just adapted it to the realities of Hispanic entrepreneurs.

So why and how is that a nonprofit enterprise, or the officer of a nonprofit enterprise can win an award from a Chamber of Commerce?? Isn’t it commerce, or trade, opposed to being a nonprofit organization?? Well, that was the thought back then in the 20th century…but now we are in the 21st century, and we humans tend to learn and discover things as we grow….we have learnt that indeed, a nonprofit enterprise is exactly that, an enterprise like any other, and it has to be managed as such…it has to have a mission, goals and objectives, and it has to have a bottom line, a financial bottom line, because as you all know, we cannot save anyone if we cannot save ourselves first…in other words, without that financial sustainability floor, a nonprofit enterprise cannot fulfill its mission, no matter how great or inspiring that nonprofit mission is.

And let me share something with you, something that, again, though more firmly believed now in the 21st century, is an idea that has been around for quite some time….since the beginnings of the Theory of Capitalism, to be precise: All Enterprises are Social. No, to my conservative friends here, that doesn’t mean you are a socialist or that all of us entrepreneurs are socialists in the political sense, no. It just means that trade, or commerce, or entrepreneurship, as the most prominent thinkers in Capitalism initially posited in the “Doux Commerce” principle, or more recently, as noted American Anthropologist Jane Jacobs stated, we Humans either steal or we trade, to make a living. So business is, or should be, inherently a social, humanistic activity. I would just remark, when properly conducted.

And that is what RENACER invites everyone to learn and inquire about: how, as many great successful entrepreneurs since ancient times in the history of mankind have proven, we can all have successful enterprises that create not just one bottom line, but triple bottom line driven organizations: for-profit firms that create financial, social and environmental profits, or value for all, forever. For our investors and ourselves, yes, but also for our workers, our communities, our planet, our present generation and our future generations. We don’t want, I am sure if I ask you right now, do we want get-rich-quick “business” like the real estate bubble of a few years ago??? I ask my construction-related friends present here, what did the ensuing implosion cause to your business the past few years?? No, we want, I am sure, a new world, a new business model, one that creates long-term, real, equitable, fair, responsible value for all, forever. I have good news for you: that model exists, and it is a model that it’s been in place for a long time, and it is being discovered and used by more and more companies all over the region, the state, the country and the world, and it could be used by you too, why not?

To conclude, I just want to invite you to join us to discover this new world. I thank from the bottom of my heart this honor that has been bestowed on my by the Contra Costa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and I personally thank you everyone that voted for me, but I want everyone to vote for this new way to make money with meaning. Is just a natural way to put that big Latino heart you all have to continue creating even more good stuff that makes business for you and your loved ones. Thanks everyone, and Happy Holidays and Happy 2014! "See More — with Douglas Lezameta and 9 others.

 

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ABA SYSTEM Concept

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ABA SYSTEM DESCRIPTION By ASICO N USA ABA SYSTEM is a set of tools that provide theoretical bases and practica
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The Home Improvements You Should be Making

The Home Improvements You Should be Making | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Which home improvements increase the value of your home? Find out!
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ENVIRON 801 Impact Investing: Strategic Growth Using Triple Bottom Line Principles for a Sustainable World | UCLA Extension

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Lessons on climate leadership, from ballet dancers

Lessons on climate leadership, from ballet dancers | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
How a Climate Week arts event provided insights on how we might better collaborate.
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DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: Más de 100 edificaciones en Perú están gestionando la certificación ambiental LEED

DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: Más de 100 edificaciones en Perú están gestionando la certificación ambiental LEED | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Actualmente cerca de 100 edificaciones peruanas están gestionando la certificación de Liderazgo en Diseño Ambiental y Energético (LEED por sus siglas en inglés), otorgado por el Consejo de Construcción Ecológica de los Estados Unidos (USGBC por sus siglas en inglés), debido a sus inversiones para luchar contra el cambio climático.
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Excelente noticia para los que seguimos de cerca el camino Sostenible LEED USGBC LEED significa liderazgo de construcción verde. LEED está transformando la forma en que pensamos cómo edificios y comunidades son diseñadas, construidas, mantenidas y operadas en todo el mundo. Certificado LEED edificios ahorran dinero y recursos y tienen un impacto positivo en la salud de los ocupantes, al mismo tiempo promover la energía limpia y renovable.
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Join us at LCA XIV San Francisco

Join us at LCA XIV San Francisco | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
LCA XIV Conference 2014 PE INTERNATIONAL will be at the upcoming LCA XIV Conference, October 6 - 8 2014 in San Francisco, California. The following details where and when you can connect up with someone from PE over the 3 days of the conference. We look forward to seeing you. PE INTERNATIONAL at the LCA XIV Booth: Stop by our booth throughout the conference to try out the latest GaBi and SoFi software and enter the drawing for your chance to win an iPad mini!
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Join us at LCA XIV San Francisco PE INTERNATIONAL will be at the upcoming LCA XIV Conference, October 6 - 8 in San Francisco, California and we hope you can join us! Plan to come for the whole week so you can participate in all the activities we have scheduled before and after the conference itself! Stop by our booth for a chance to win an iPad mini!
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2014 California Economic Summit

2014 California Economic Summit | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Much of this growth must happen within our existing urban footprint. We can’t sprawl our way to prosperity. For California to succeed, we have to find new ways to build communities that can grow our economy along with our population—while also protecting our state’s unsurpassed natural resources. This is the subject of another important conversation at Capitol Day on August 12, which will explore how we can make the promise of a law aimed at exactly this challenge—SB 375—a reality. Since 2008, this groundbreaking legislation has aimed to help communities meet state goals for reducing emissions by requiring the development of “sustainable” regional growth plans—strategies that tie together transportation, land use, and housing. As the first regions have finalized their plans, though, the question remains: How can the state effectively finance the infrastructure—from transit stations to water systems and affordable housing—sustainable communities need to thrive? Four Summit action teams have spent the last year seeking answers to this question. With the state’s main source of funding for transportation—the gas tax—failing to keep pace with rising demands, the Infrastructure team is pushing for expanding local financing authority. As housing stock continues to lag behind needs—and home prices and rents keep going up—the Housing team has pushed for a permanent source of funding for affordable housing. With even green transit and infill projects slow to break ground due to complex environmental rules, the Regulations team has been looking for ways to streamline the state’s regulatory processes. The Working Landscapes team, meanwhile, has pushed for statewide expansion of data platforms that are helping some regions successfully plan their growth. On August 12, a group of experts will join a conversation about how the state can integrate these efforts and make the promise of sustainable—and sustainably funded—communities a reality. Speakers include: Darrell Steinberg, Senate President pro Tem; author of SB 375 Mike McKeever, CEO, Sacramento Area Council of Governments Richard Lyon, senior vice president of public policy, California Building Industry Association Don Perata, Senate President pro Tem Emeritus; principal of Perata Consulting, LLC Lucy Dunn (moderator), president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council We look forward to seeing you on Capitol Day. Best regards, The Co-Chairs of the California Economic Summit Steering Committee: Paul Granillo Inland Empire Economic Partnership California Stewardship Network Eloy Oakley Long Beach City College California Forward The California Economic Summit is a project of California Forward and the California Stewardship Network. For more information about Capitol Day, please contact us at: 916-382-8799.
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http://www.caeconomy.org/pages/capitol-day-program We all know California can’t keep growing in the next century the way it has in the past. Our state is projected to have 50 million people in the next three decades—the equivalent of adding another Los Angeles and San Diego on top of, well, today’s LA and San Diego. I will be there (Capital Action team)
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DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: The Climate Declaration Reaches Another Milestone

DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: The Climate Declaration Reaches Another Milestone | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
I am Very proud to have participated together with my org RENACER and Hernan Vargas in this initiative a while and finally the target was achieved We met one year to accomplish this publication, CERES was launched this Initiative Organization
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But, this was the beginning the big Change The Climate Change y just one Bottom of the Sustainable Economy, The more important is the Economic and Social Impact (Triple Bottom Line )
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DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Wells Fargo Announce Local Chamber Grant Recipients $ 100,000.00

DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Wells Fargo Announce Local Chamber Grant Recipients $ 100,000.00 | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
These funds will support a variety of programs, ranging from empowering Latina entrepreneurs, promoting "green" energy, and advancing diversity and inclusion within the larger American business community.
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Why Bitcoin Doesn't Want a Real Satoshi Nakamoto - Wired

Why Bitcoin Doesn't Want a Real Satoshi Nakamoto - Wired | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Washington Post Why Bitcoin Doesn't Want a Real Satoshi Nakamoto Wired Robert McMillan is a writer with Wired Enterprise. Got a tip? Send him an email at: robert_mcmillan [at] wired.com. Read more by Robert McMillan.
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Two months ago, BTC-China was growing fast. It was on a blazing trajectory that would soon see it become the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange. With Bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, in the midst of an tremendous upswing of its own, BTC was on the verge of hitting it very, very big.
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Cost ‘No. 1 Sustainability Challenge in 2014,’ Ecova Says

Cost  ‘No. 1 Sustainability Challenge in 2014,’ Ecova Says | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
By Environmental Leader Cost is by far the biggest influencer of energy and sustainability initiatives; however, 2014 will be complicated by the anticipated increased energy and resource prices, according to an Ecova report. 2014 Energy and Sustainability Predictions: Findings from Leading Professionals aggregates findings from a survey of about 500 energy and sustainability professionals, and reveals that 2014 will be a challenging year for those executives responsible for managing resources for their organizations. Companies face “unprecedented pressure” to cut costs, conserve resources and disclose environmental performance, says Jeff Heggedahl, Ecova president and CEO. These challenges mean firms must develop a total energy and sustainability management strategy to remain competitive and meet resource management needs. Water will emerge as a top energy and sustainability initiative, the report predicts. A majority of respondents (70 percent) noted that rising water costs are a concern for 2014. Water is also viewed as the second greatest area with opportunity for savings and improvement, behind energy. Also in 2014, new benchmarking regulations will create an increasingly complex environment, Ecova predicts. Thirty percent of respondents are unaware if their buildings are currently required or will be required to comply with municipal, city or state level regulations. However, among the 38 percent of respondents who are currently required or expect to be required to comply with municipal, city or state regulations, nearly 86 percent feel prepared to respond. Peer benchmarking represents an untapped opportunity. Twenty-seven percent of respondents acknowledged they didn’t know how their facilities performed in comparison to peers, and an additional 46 percent stated their buildings were performing only the same as or less efficiently than peers. This means that nearly 75 percent of respondents believe they have an opportunity to capture additional cost and energy savings compared to their current performance. In other 2014 predictions, Ford says while the world has been fixated on going green, now the attention is shifting beyond recycling and eco-chic living to a growing concern for the planet’s water. In the automaker’s 2014 Trends Report, Ford identifies this trend as “Sustainability Blues” and says forward-looking brands are already investing time and money into better water management practices.
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Peer benchmarking represents an untapped opportunity. Twenty-seven percent of respondents acknowledged they didn’t know how their facilities performed in comparison to peers, and an additional 46 percent stated their buildings were performing only the same as or less efficiently than peers. This means that nearly 75 percent of respondents believe they have an opportunity to capture additional cost and energy savings compared to their current performance.
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BEHAVIOR TREATMENT & ANALYSIS: ABA SYSTEM Concept

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The true about Climate Change

The true about Climate Change | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
"We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." Albert Einstein   "Climate change is the world’
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The Real Reason Employers Treat Job-Seekers Like Dirt

The Real Reason Employers Treat Job-Seekers Like Dirt | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Ten years ago it was considered rude or presumptuous to speak or write about the broken state of recruiting. I got a lot of flack fo
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Climate-change-fight cost: $100,000,000,000,000

Climate-change-fight cost: $100,000,000,000,000 | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
A Free Press For A Free People Since 1997
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EARTH HOURS Corporates & Organisations

EARTH HOURS Corporates & Organisations | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
HELP MAKE CHANGE A REALITY This year Earth Hour has a global focus on climate change – we are committed to creating change for the better. You can help do this by joining the movement. Create tangible impact by inspiring action from staff, customers and your community. Celebrate Earth Hour 2015 by turning Lights-Off for one hour on March 28 2015 at 8:30 pm local time. Since Earth Hour is an open-source movement, feel free to plan fun environmental activities based around your goals. Another way to get involved is by supporting an Earth Hour project. You can also pledge to achieve an environmental outcome. Looking to make a serious commitment for your organisation’s sustainability practices? Partner with us to drive environmental impact, get in touch to find out more. Earth Hour is part of WWF - one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations.
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Earth Hour belongs to you. Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work - in your own way. A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights from 8.30pm-9:30 pm. For one hour, focus on your commitment to our planet for the rest of this year. To celebrate, you can have a candle lit dinner, talk to your neighbours, stargaze, go camping, play board games, have a concert, screen an environmental documentary post the hour, create or join a community event - the possibilities are endless. Have an event idea? Add it to our all-new interactive map - Earth Hour Tracker.
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Transformation of American Agriculture: Farming, Eating, and Investing

Transformation of American Agriculture: Farming, Eating, and Investing | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs in the organic, local food and agriculture movements compete for farmland with genetically modified crops (GMOs), agribusiness, and Monsanto.
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The Transformation of American Agriculture exposes and illuminates the two momentous and radically different transformations currently underway in American agriculture, which may ultimately leave us with two utterly disconnected food systems. Kathy O. Brozek’s meticulously researched and highly engaging book highlights key milestones in these transformations—including the advent of genetically modified crops and hyper-industrialization.
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DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: Bill Gates: How to Fund Energy Miracles

DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: Bill Gates: How to Fund Energy Miracles | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
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The topic of investment in renewables and smart grid is thorny, with many caveats and nuances that tend to shape the potential for ROI – but it’s safe to say that with China’s example, maybe Gates has a point in his stance against being risk-averse toward investing in potential energy miracles.

 
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"Responding to Gates, Solar Wakeup (republished by Clean Technica) noted that Gates has been active in investing in energy storage with Aquion and LightSail but challenged him to be the major financer of the next energy miracle.  Why? Simply put, it’s unreasonable to expect increased investments (private and public) in risk-agnostic energy R&D, and if one of the world’s richest men wants it to get done, he should do it himself.  Payoffs are slow for energy projects, the uncertainties many: macroeconomic conditions, volatile energy and resource markets, policy reversals, infrastructure needs, and high operating and maintenance costs.  Solar Wakeup’s challenge is based in reality."

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$3 million waste? Patrol boats intended for Afghan forces sit in Virginia base - Fox News

$3 million waste? Patrol boats intended for Afghan forces sit in Virginia base - Fox News | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Fox News $3 million waste? Patrol boats intended for Afghan forces sit in Virginia base Fox News Patrol boats U.S.
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"There are no current plans for utilizing the patrol boats in Afghanistan," CSTC-A said, in a written response in May to a SIGAR inquiry. The responsibility of these boats now rests with the Navy, according to the response. An April review board, which included the transition officials, determined that these boats "do not fill a valid requirement in Afghanistan," according the response.
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Waste Not Want Not St Mary's Church London | DesignMyNight

Waste Not Want Not  St Mary's Church London | DesignMyNight | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Buy tickets for Waste Not Want Not at St Mary's Church London.
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Say goodbye to your supermarket

Say goodbye to your supermarket | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
FORTUNA FORTUNE — Of all the numbers that have been thrown around regarding the $9.4 billion acquisition of Safeway (SWY) by Cerberus Capital Management, the private-equity company that owns rival grocery chain Albertson’s, one metric stands out: market share. After the merger, the combined companies’ share of the American grocery market will rise by 42%. Safeway’s 1,335 stores racked up $36 billion in sales in 2013. Adding Albertson’s stores will create a company that’s almost on a level with the larger Kroger (KR), the leader among conventional supermarkets. But the combined companies’ market share post-merger will be just 5.4% (likely less since some stores will likely be divested to forestall antitrust action), and Wal-Mart’s share of the grocery business is nearly 30%, according to Euromonitor International. Kroger has 9.6% of the total market and $98 billion in 2013 sales. Kroger and Safeway, though, are both facing the same set of challenges, not only, on one side, from Wal-Mart (WMT), Costco (COST), and other large discounters and warehouse stores, but also, on the other side, from natural grocers and specialty stores like Whole Foods (WFM) and Trader Joe’s. And it doesn’t end there: Changing shopping habits are sending more people to drugstores, dollar stores, and, increasingly, websites to buy their groceries. The traditional chain grocery store as we know it is over, and the remaining players must either adapt or die.
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Under assault from Wal-Mart and Costco on one side, and Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s on the other, the traditional supermarket must transform or die.
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Preserve and Recycle Reusable Buildings - ForceChange

Preserve and Recycle Reusable Buildings - ForceChange | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
Most major cities recycle household waste, but surprisingly few recycle buildings. In many cases, it costs about the same to refurbish an old building as it does to erect a new one. Urge city leaders to reuse and recycle building stock instead of ...
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As expert Catherine Nasmith points out, “Some buildings should go, but we should not have the right to destroy the work of previous generations, and should not have to do handsprings through the Ontario Heritage Act to save building stock. It is as much an environmental issue as one of cultural conservation.”
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Tax Credits For Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Tax Credits For Making Your Home More Energy Efficient | Sustainable Business in the World | Scoop.it
There are many motivating factors pushing homeowners to adapt more eco-friendly consumption habits, particularly with respect to home appliances. The welfare of the environment is becoming increasingly important to the general public as is saving money, partially by reducing energy expenses wholesale, but also by potentially lowering the amount owed on federal income taxes. Any US citizen who has installed qualified energy-efficient household appliances could end up paying less in federal income taxes this year These tax credits were originally a product of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which sought to improve energy consumption in the United States by ensuring loan availability for companies who were developing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also provided tax incentives for homeowners who made purchases that would boost the energy efficiency of their home. When the bill was first signed into law, the entire program was supposed to end in December of 2011, but it was extended through 2013 thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. But note, the cut-off date is December 31st of this year, which means that if you’ve been thinking about making any such purchases, you may want to act fast. If you do meet the criteria, you could be covered for up to 10% of both the initial purchase and installation costs, and best case scenario, you could be looking at a credit of as much as $500. You will, of course, need to able to provide the necessary receipts, certifications from the manufactures of whatever products you have purchased and installed, and this IRS form. Those eligible for tax credit could get as much as $500 back in credit. You could be eligible if you’ve made one or more of the following home improvements: better insulated exterior windows installed; tighter seal (be it a silicone based caulk or a foam sealant) along door and window frames to improve insulation; wind turbines; or more energy-efficient HVAC equipment (water heaters, furnaces, et cetera). Be aware that in the case of insulation, the improvements need to hold up for up to five years for the homeowner to qualify for tax credit. It’s important also that the changes were made on the homeowner’s primary residence (or second home), since changes made to rental properties are ineligible for tax credit. Another stipulation is that the changes must have been not only purchased, but also installed sometime between January 2011 and December 31 of this year. Even if you don’t qualify for these tax credits before the American Tax Payer Relief Act expires, fear not! There are other government programs you may be able to take advantage of, while simultaneously improving the energy-efficiency of their household. Depending on your state of residence, you could be eligible for benefits if you switch over to a renewable energy plan. OWebsites such as https://www.chooseenergy.com/electricity-locations/illinois and http://www.texaselectricityproviders.com/texas-electricity/ Can be very helpful, in terms of helping you select an alternative energy provider. Plus, tax credits will be available until the end of 2016 for homeowners who invest in solar technology (heaters or photovoltaic panels) or wind systems. You can find more comprehensive information through the Energy Star website.
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If you do meet the criteria, you could be covered for up to 10% of both the initial purchase and installation costs, and best case scenario, you could be looking at a credit of as much as $500. You will, of course, need to able to provide the necessary receipts, certifications from the manufactures of whatever products you have purchased and installed, and this IRS form
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