A Billion Acts of Green | Earth Day 2011

If you made some promises to yourself when we observed Earth Hour on March 26th, and have perhaps slipped, here is a chance to recommit! I liked the range of pledges I found on the site and see them as reminders of the many simple ways we can lead a more earth-friendly life. Here are the pledges that have prompted the most support at Billion Acts of Green: Eat more local food. I will bring my own reusable shopping bags to the store. Raise awareness about Earth Day 2011! I will eat a sustainable healthy plantarian, pure vegetarian, vegan diet. Switch off the tap while brushing. I will take shorter showers. I will wash all my clothes in cold water. I will lower my use of bottled water/beverages. I will recycle and conserve. I will reduce vehicle use, walk more and...

Green marketing to be worth trillions of dollars by 2017

Consumers are not only increasingly clamoring for green products but for environmentally friendly business practices as well. While many businesses have targeted energy bills and carbon use, other companies have looked to improve their marketing campaigns, including paper-heavy printing and mailing initiatives. “Green marketing emphasizes … avoiding wastage, [making] efficient use of available resources and [recycling], as a result of which green marketing is emerging as an affordable alternative to conventional marketing,” a statement from Global Industry Analysts. As a result, a recent study from GIA found that the incentives and advantages of “going green” are likely to propel the green marketing market to reach $3.5 trillion by 2017. This market includes not...

Green Your Kitchen

Going green isn’t only the best way to help the environment; it also can save you money. Many people are trying to make their house more energy efficient, but often times neglect the kitchen because they don’t realize the myriad of options available to them. The biggest energy user in the kitchen is the refrigerator. One surefire way to lessen your refrigerators thirst for energy is to buy a smaller one. If your refrigerator is not being filled up it is wasting energy cooling off the empty space. A smaller refrigerator that is packed to the brim will use less energy. Also, the type you buy can make a difference. Energy Star models use 10 to 50 percent less energy than comparable models. Beyond appliances, your counter tops can become environmentally friendly too....

Construction Begins on Hines | Archstone’s CityCenter DC Development

Apr. 4, 2011 (Business Wire) — The start of construction on the landmark CityCenterDC development by Hines|Archstone was formally announced today at a groundbreaking ceremony on the downtown Washington, DC site. In addition, it was announced that 100 percent equity financing has been secured for the US $700 million project, which is believed to be the largest downtown development currently underway in any U.S. city. The anchor investor is Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company (Qatari Diar), the real estate investment arm of the Qatari Investment Authority and the financing was put in place by Barwa Bank’s investment banking subsidiary The First Investor (TFI). TFI will co-invest in and manage the dedicated TFI U.S. Real Estate Fund. A joint venture between...