Fall Intern + UN Sustainable Development Forum

Fall Intern + UN Sustainable Development Forum

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in News

This summer we have had the pleasure of getting to know our intern, Sean Baraoidan, who has (luckily) decided to stay with us through the Fall, while obtaining graduate course credit through the University of South Florida Urban and Regional Planning program, for his continued work on Urban Resilience in the Tampa Bay area with […]

Top CEO’s Employ LEED

Top CEO’s Employ LEED

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in News

From USGBC.org and the Harvard Business Review: Top CEOs employ LEED The grades are in: Harvard Business Review (HBR) has released its annual rankings of the world’s best-performing CEOs. To reflect corporate sustainability’s rapid ascension into the spotlight for investors, board members and consumers, HBR, for the first time ever, scored each company’s environmental, social and governance performance in […]

Real Estate ‘sprawl’ costs more than $1 trillion a year.

Real Estate ‘sprawl’ costs more than $1 trillion a year.

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in News

A new report by LSE Cities and Victoria Transport Policy Institute argues that development ‘sprawl’ is costing America more and more each year as we keep on expending our communities with bigger houses further and further away from city centers. The study explains that sprawl increases automobile us and it’s related costs/environmental impact, traffic accidents, […]

Metropolitan Ministries Celebrates LEED Gold Certification

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in News

We were honored to join the Metropolitan Ministries team, project team and community in celebrating the LEED Gold Certification of the Metropolitan Ministries Uplift Hall + Spurlino Welcome Center! Click here to read the press release. Project team including: Metropolitan Ministries Executive Team & Board Members, Project Donors and the Project Design/Build team with REAL […]

Sustainability [What the big firms are saying]

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in News

SUSTAINABILITY…isn’t just a word! SUSTAINABILITY… …”is a critical business issue that is quickly becoming a mandatory requirement.” – Deloitte …helps companies “significantly outperform their counterparts over the long term, both in terms of stock market as well as accounting performance.” – Harvard Business School …shows a “positive, statistically significant, linear association [to] corporate financial performance,” […]

USGBC Announces Extension of LEEDv2009

USGBC Announces Extension of LEEDv2009

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in News

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016, postponing the mandatory use of LEEDv4 until that date. LEEDv4 is a significant evolutionary step for the LEED certification platform, and some have argued that the requirements and […]

REAL Projects Award Winners at USGBC Florida Gulf Coast LEEDership Awards

REAL Projects Award Winners at USGBC Florida Gulf Coast LEEDership Awards

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in News

The U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosted its fifth annual LEEDership Awards on October 15, 2014. The chapter’s annual awards program recognized and honored the outstanding green building projects, forward-thinking businesses, innovative design teams, and instrumental Chapter members who have displayed green building and sustainable development leadership on the Gulf Coast of […]

University Of Tampa Residence Hall Meets Gold Standard

University Of Tampa Residence Hall Meets Gold Standard

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in News

Originally published by 83 Degrees Media University of Tampa’s newest residence hall is solid gold as an eco-friendly, green building.  The U.S. Green Building Council recently issued a LEED Gold certification for West Kennedy Hall, which opened in August 2013. It is the university’s third certification from the council, which is recognized nationally as the […]

Green Building Council: New data will lead to healthier Bay area buildings

Green Building Council: New data will lead to healthier Bay area buildings

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in News

Originally published in the Tampa Bay Business Journal The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council believes there’s a lot that can be done to help local builders and contractors adopt fruitful and ever-evolving sustainable practices. A stronger local business case for green building is the goal of a data collection effort […]

With great adoption comes innovation in LEED certification

With great adoption comes innovation in LEED certification

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in News

Originally published in the Tampa Bay Business Journal In early July the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the organization’s members — including industry professionals, manufacturers, educators, other green building leaders and other key stakeholder groups — had overwhelmingly passed LEEDv4, its latest update to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system. Impressively, […]