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Five Strategies to Decarbonize Existing Buildings

May 3, 2021

The energy and carbon emissions of existing buildings have been a major concern for a long time. Although building equipment, appliances, and other technologies have greatly improved energy efficiency, the buildings in which they are installed have been remarkably resistant to major change. This is a major concern, as most countries around the world now […]
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The Future of Refrigerants

July 13, 2020

By Farid Nat Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Now that we have discussed the problems involved with a variety of popular refrigerants, as well as the international regulations put in place to reduce the use of these harmful refrigerants, there is still one main question remaining: What’s next for refrigerants? If refrigerants are vital […]
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Refrigerants and Climate Change

June 29, 2020

By Farid Nat Engineering Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) When scientists first began testing refrigeration systems in the mid-1800’s, nobody suspected that this technology would have impacts on people’s daily lives for years to come, but they may have an even more significant role today. In fact, the need for refrigerants and access to air […]
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Ways to Capture and Re-use Rainwater

May 22, 2020

By Libby Dunne Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) April showers bring May flowers! Spring-time storms help to create beautiful and lush landscapes as well as replenish our freshwater water bodies. However, stormwater run-off can be detrimental for urban water bodies, as well as downstream river systems. Increased urbanization and development have created massive landscapes […]
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What is the Heat Island Effect?

January 20, 2020

By Daniel Weisman Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The ‘Heat Island Effect’ is one of the most pertinent environmental issues urban areas are facing in the 21st century. The term ‘heat island’ refers to man-made urban areas that are significantly warmer than neighboring rural or green-covered land. The heat island effect is the phenomenon […]
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Top 15 Picks for Books on Sustainability and Business

November 25, 2019

By Danielle Crownover Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Our friends at GBES, SIG’s education partner, have interviewed over 70 green building professionals through a series of podcasts, and one of the topics discussed focuses on book recommendations. Specifically, GBES guest speakers are asked what books they recommend concerning sustainability, green business and business trips. […]
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New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act and Its Impact on Existing Buildings

July 22, 2019

By Katie Robinson Engineering Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The city of New York has passed and enacted a slew of bills forming the Climate Mobilization Act in order to achieve certain sustainability and energy goals by the year 2050. This Act is credited with the potential to achieve the “equivalent of taking more […]
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Action on Plastic Pollution

April 15, 2019

By Truc Vu Engineering Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) How big is the plastic problem? This article will take about 3 minutes to read, and within that timeframe, humans have bought 3,000,000 new plastic bottles. Of those bottles, only 23% will be recycled and the rest will sit in our landfills for 700 years, […]
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What’s Holding Businesses Back from Sustainability?

February 28, 2019

By Truc Vu Engineering Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) I recently went to a restaurant to catch up with a friend. Our to-go containers were made of Styrofoam, and our drinks were contained in paper cups with plastic lids and straws. Before I left, I went to the restroom only to find that the […]
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Pollinator Health in Atlanta and the Urban Honeybee Project

February 11, 2019

By Ann Thompson Consulting Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Humans benefit from the work of pollinators on a daily basis. From honey to sweeten a cup of tea to onions used to flavor a dish, the work of bees, birds, butterflies, and other small mammals is essential to food chains and economic systems around […]
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