If going green or becoming more sustainable is a goal at your company (or even in your home), it is important to pay attention to the leaders of the movement. At VantagePoint, many of our clients are focused on sustainable practices and/or manufacturing green products, so we turn to certain sources for up-to-date information. It can be hard to keep track of all of the changes, including legislation, technology and trends, but fortunately, there are resources out there to help you find your way.
The United States Green Building Council is a non-profit organization working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. The USGBC created LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), a point-based rating system that classifies new and existing buildings on their environmental performance. Serving as a building benchmark, there are several products, like solar panels, faucets, roofing materials, and more, that can contribute to the points required for LEED certification.
USGBC also puts on Greenbuild, the largest green building conference and expo. Last year, there were over 1,800 exhibit booths, which drew 27,000 attendees. People attend the show to discover new products and ways to green their business. It is also wonderful venue for people to learn about the latest trends.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a plethora of resources and ways to receive information. As listed on its website, “The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water and land — upon which life depends.” EPA is active in social media tools, such as Twitter (@EPAgov), Facebook and YouTube. They also have a blog and create podcasts that are accessible through its website. You can even download a widget that gives you a new green tip every single day.
There are also several organizations that provide environmental resources that are specific to particular industries:
NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association)
NAFEM (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers)
GRA (Green Restaurant Association)
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers)
For those who are already well down the path of being green, these sites are still good sources to keep you up-to-date. If you are just dipping your toe into sustainability, then these sites are a great place to start. Either way, these resources can provide value to almost anyone: business owners, marketing executives, employees, homeowners, students, citizens, etc.
If you have any other environmental resources that you find valuable, I would love for you to share!