Urban Planning & Sustainable Building Development

By Kirstie Hostetter Sustainability Analyst Intern Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) In January 2016, I attended the 12th Annual International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability in Portland, Oregon. One of the most thought-provoking sessions I participated in was a series of speakers from around the world who spoke to the challenges of building livable, urban spaces. Many… more info

Development Trends: Agriburbia and Sportopia

By Alyson Laura Sustainability Maven LEED AP BD+C, O+M Residential development is no longer isolated to boring suburbs lacking basic services like sidewalks and public space. Residents now have diverse options like organic farms or sports stadiums within steps of their front doors. What’s driving these new styles of mixed-use development? Urban planners have long… more info

Electric Cars versus Hybrid Cars

With their relative newness and variety of configurations, a hybrid electric vehicle can become easily confused with an electric car. In simplest terms, electric vehicles rely only on electricity for power while hybrids combine battery-stored power with energy from gasoline. Because of this dual power source, hybrids can be more complicated than pure electric vehicles… more info