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Alternative Building Method: Aerated Concrete

Autoclaved aerated concrete has some environmental benefits compared to typical cement, reducing energy use during manufacture and providing some durable features.

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Apple’s Environmental Report Reveals Major Accomplishments, More Work To Be Done

Apple’s carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. It’s a modest decline, but this is the first time the tech giant has seen a year-over-year decrease in greenhouse gas emissions since it started tracking them in 2009. Despite this and other accomplishments detailed in Apple’s 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report released this week, the company acknowledged it has a long way to go to reduce its environmental impact, including tackling emissions from its manufacturing partners and addressing its recent increase in water consumption.

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Climate Change: Old Cell Phones Can Now Protect Old Growth Forests

Got an old cell phone or two kicking around? Or how about an extra $10 or $24? You can help protect old growth rainforests with both, thanks to Rainforest Connection’s new Kickstarter campaign (and a whole new brainstorm on how to stop illegal deforestation).

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Airline Industry Shaves Weight to Save Money

The automobile industry has invested billions reducing the weight of their cars to reduce fuel consumption and they don’t even have to lift them off the ground. So it’s no surprise to hear that airlines are saving millions by reducing weight. What’s surprising is that they haven’t done more of that sooner.

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How to Make Your Home Smart and Energy Efficient

When it comes to electrical usage, one should think of the age-old economic theory, the Tragedy of the Commons. The principle is simple: Individuals acting rationally and in their own self-interest can actually act against the best interests of the group, by wasting a common resource needed by the collective whole. You may not believe that you’re using an exorbitant amount of electricity, but over time, this usage adds up.

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Is LEED Becoming the New Normal?

The USGBC’s signature LEED green building program is becoming the “new normal” for the building industry, creating new ways for companies to stand out from the crowd.