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Beyond LEED Certification: The Importance Of Creating Living Buildings

This is an interview piece with Jason McClennan, the CEO of the International Living Future Institute, the organisation behind the Living Building Challenge. This is a standard that extends beyond LEED and incorporates resource management, social justice, and overall health of the building residents. 

The PACE makers

Lack of funding is a predominant reason commercial property owners are not getting involved with energy efficient projects. This article identifies a financial tool called the local improvement charge, that has the capacity to recover the cost effectively.It is now embodied in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.This article outlines the history of the development of PACE in the U.S.A. and how it gravitated towards Canada. 

Green Globes

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Organization: Green Globes

Link: http://www.greenglobes.com/home.asp

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The Green Globes system is a revolutionary building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party verification.

LEED

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Organization: U.S. Green Building Standards

Link: http://www.usgbc.org/leed/leed_main.asp

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LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system and teams choose the best fit for the project.

Resource & Tools Catalog – Arts Certification, Guidance and Assessment

This is a list of organizations who offer resources and tools for to Arts based businesses and organizations interested in pursuing sustainability. There is everything from certifications and assessments to networks and partnerships.

ArtsBuild Ontario

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Organization: ArtsBuild Ontario

Link: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/

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ArtsBuild Ontario is an organization dedicated to realizing long-term solutions for building, managing and financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario communities. They provides tools, training and resources that support the development and sustainable creative spaces such as theatres, galleries, concert halls, museums and other arts facilities.

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