Hamm_Phillip_AGEC 422 Essay

Hamm_Phillip_AGEC 422 Essay - Homework #5 We as a nation...

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Homework #5 We as a nation use more and more resources every day. We try to recycle things like paper, plastic, and aluminum every day and yes we have saved a lot in the process. But there’s one thing that is not like the other resources we have, that is energy. Energy is used everywhere we look; houses, cars, commercial and residential buildings, factories, restaurants, etc. We use energy to do mostly everything in our daily lives; it’s such a valuable resource. Without energy we wouldn’t have food, or water, or transportation, or even money to play for all the things that use energy. Being “Green” is very important not only because it saves money, but it saves natural resources as well. In today’s world you can’t go somewhere without seeing something or someone who has gone “Green.” But there are factors that get in the way of this idea of becoming “Green,” one is money and another is the level of awareness in this nation about the benefits of being “Green.” Now, when we start to talk about becoming “Green” we have to think of the USGBC, which is the U.S. Green Building Council, and LEED, which is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by USGBC. The USGBC uses LEED to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions says USGBC.org. LEED is much respected and every building that is in that certification gains the advantage of third party verification also from USGBC.org. Now, if I want to buy products of any sort I am going to make the extra mile to go to a business that is LEED certified because I want to acknowledge the right that they are doing for the environment and for themselves as a company. For example, Best Buy is LEED certified and I go there for all of my electronic purchases because of how they are doing business. There are so many different ways and opportunities that can lead to a LEED certification; just by cutting utility use in a building you can substantially lower the costs for that building. All the USGBC is trying to do is make this serious to people and companies after all they are a 501c3 non-profit organization. It’s like Bill Clinton said in this quote (thanks to USGBC.org for this quote),”Look at the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building is an iconic New York building. It's going to be the biggest, oldest building in the world with the LEED rating. They are going to cut utility use at least 38%. It will pay for itself in approximately six years through utility savings only. They've got hundreds of people working there - even had to clear off a floor at the Empire State Building to put up a factory there to cut the glass and do the lighting. We could put America back to work if we took this seriously.” This quote truly shows what the USGBC is capable of doing for a lot of commercial and residential buildings and even retail as well. If people took being “Green”
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