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Earth Day: Past, Present and Future – A Comprehensive Overview

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Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, has come a long way since its inception in 1970. The first Earth Day successfully launched a wave of groundbreaking environmental laws in the United States, such as The Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (source). Today, it has grown to become the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people taking action to change human behavior and create global, national, and local policy changes (source).

From its humble beginnings, Earth Day has evolved into a global movement that inspires individuals, communities, and nations to prioritize environmental conservation and sustainable practices. As we continue to face pressing environmental challenges such as…

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Retro-Commissioning: Optimizing Building Performance and Energy Efficiency

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As a built environment expert a question I get often from building owners/operators is what exactly is retro-commissioning and is it necessary for them to implement. In this post I’ll answer these questions and dive a little deeper.

Lets get into this.

Retro-commissioning is a process that helps building owners identify and correct operational inefficiencies in their existing buildings. This process involves a thorough evaluation of a building’s systems and components to ensure they are working as intended and operating at peak efficiency.

Retro-commissioning can be applied to a wide range of buildings, from small commercial structures to large industrial facilities.

Retro-commissioning typically begins with a detailed energy audit that identifies areas of inefficiency and waste. This audit may include a review…

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Organic vs Natural: Understanding What You Need to Know

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Understanding the Difference Between Natural and Organic Products

As consumers become increasingly healthy and environmentally conscious, there is a growing interest in natural and certified organic products. However, the terms “natural” and “organic” are often used interchangeably, leading to confusion among consumers about what these terms mean.

Have you ever found yourself staring at a package of carrots in the grocery store, wondering if they’re truly organic or just naturally orange?

Or maybe you’ve spent hours deciphering the fine print on a bottle of shampoo, trying to determine if it’s truly “all-natural” or just an elaborate prank by the marketing department.

It’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out – but wait, is that hair organic or…

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How to Reduce Water Usage in Your Home

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Water is a Renewable but…
You have probably heard the question; if the amount of water on earth stays the same forever, why should we bother conserving it, and why are some places experiencing such a lack of it?

No one disagrees as to the supreme importance that water holds. The increased occurrence and intensity of severe environmental events, such as forest fires, hurricanes, record temperatures, heat waves, and droughts have water conservation at the forefront of countless people’s minds.

This issue also turns out to be a double-edged sword because not only are people concerned about how to save water they are also struggling to deal with the rising cost of their water bill. More than ever before…

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Help My Electric Bill is Too High – Programs to Assist

You are not alone.
Households across the nation feeling the effect of soaring energy prices. Specifically, it is particularly hard on people living on a fixed or limited budget. It is unthinkable that anyone should suffer because they lack access to the essential energy needed for heating, cooking, and warm water -Dignity.

There Are Options
Fortunately, options exist to help those in need lower their energy bills. That help comes in the form of a growing number of programs and incentives to alleviate…

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