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Energy Efficiency Just Got Really EASY in Erie County

In partnership with the Erie County Redevelopment Authority (ECRA), Green Building Alliance (GBA) is pleased to offer the Erie County Energy Efficiency Support Year (E3SY) or EASY! EASY! is a free program available to Erie County municipalities and other governmental entities to help them identify easy ways to save energy. Green Building Alliance support services include: Basic energy planning […]

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Boston's Green Affordable Housing Plan

Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings: Part 1

Several cities have created their own mandate and justification for supporting green buildings (see a good example from Long Beach here). To the extent that the public may, in some corners, remain skeptical, the City of Pittsburgh may want to craft an overall policy in addition to specific legislation. Municipal policies for the promotion of healthy […]

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What We Learned at Erie’s Latest Green Event

In January, Green Building Alliance and The Nonprofit Partnership jointly hosted a seminar called “Lights Out” at SafeNet’s French Street office. The event offered a case study and presentation for nonprofit organizations hoping to reduce energy use and save money. Here’s what we learned… SafeNet is an Erie-based nonprofit that provides services to people victimized by domestic […]

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Getting the Green for your Green Building Projects

Interested in starting a new high-performance building project but not sure where to start or how to finance it?  Not to worry!  The Financing Green Building Projects section of this blog will aim to demystify the many financing options that are available.  We’ll announce new grant opportunities, new tax benefits, and will share some lessons […]

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Green Spotlight on Green Mortgage-Backed Securities

Cornerstone speaks with Scott Muldavin  Q:  For those unfamiliar with the term, please generally explain the concept of mortgage-backed securities. A:  These securities are backed by cash flows from pools of commercial or residential mortgages.  Sponsors of mortgaged-backed securities, typically investment banks, package up the cash flows and create “traunches” of securities (AAA, AA, A, BBB, […]

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Green Spotlight on The Cost and Value of LEED® Certification

Cornerstone speaks with Alan Traugott Q:  Why do soft costs attributable to LEED certification vary so much? A:  Because the costs are dependent on the nature of the project, the experience of the team, the design approach, and the level of LEED certification under consideration.  The green building process requires additional effort on the part of […]

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Cost of LEED Green Buildings

By William G. Reed Although the database is still limited, there currently exist enough completed projects and experience to indicate cost trends in the realization of officially certified LEED™ projects. The following qualifications need to be considered in any discussion of the “cost of green”: The cost of green buildings can only be compared when […]

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Growing Greener and Key ’93

By Andrew McElwaine Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker’s proposed 2002-03 budget would make major changes to the state’s fundamental environmental laws and programs.  In particular, it would cut nearly in half the award-winning Growing Greener program and the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund.   In February, the Governor announced he was indefinitely deferring $50 million of […]

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Is Green Affordable Housing an Oxymoron?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the goal of sustainable community development is “to advance the creation of livable and vibrant communities through comprehensive approaches that coordinate economic, physical, environmental, community and human development.” In affordable housing developments, the implementation of sustainable design principles can have multiple beneficial effects on communities, their economy and […]

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