How did Shearer's-a relatively small player in its field-come to build the first snack manufacturing facility with a LEED-Platinum rating? The answer can be found in the inversion of what Shearer's peers see as an exorbitant but necessary cost of doing business: energy. The reason only three other manufacturers globally have a LEED-Platinum facility is where energy is consumed. "The lion's...more
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Was it pent up demand or downright frustration that The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council unleashed in some 200 local builders, architects and real estate developers who filled out a survey on how well the region is adapting to 'green' building practices? "People are increasingly more interested in adapting sustainable building techniques and may experience some confusion...more
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland highlighted research on the prospects for a 'green recovery', with one architect of the Stimulus Act's energy plan emphasizing that so much depends on how states invest their share. Ohio should expect $1.1 billion to create jobs for renewable energy generation and retrofits to make buildings more energy efficient. If Cleveland alone were to invest...more
Climate change has become a hot button topic for discussion around the world, with many passionate people pushing forward initiatives to address this issue head on. With the Copenhagen summit, it is clear that passion alone will not solve climate change, given concerns over economics and developing countries. There seems to be an underlying question of what is fair for...more
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