Hi and welcome to the LEED'r newsletter! by Daryl Dworkin Whether you are just getting "into" the green movement or you have been for sometime then


Hi and welcome to the LEED'r newsletter!

by Daryl Dworkin

Whether you are just getting "into" the green movement or you have been for sometime then you will enjoy the LEED'r. LEED is an acronym which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

As the LEED* designation suggests excellence in green building and design, so does the LEED'r represent excellence in reporting, educating, and following the environmental arena.

A worldwide paradigm shift is occurring regarding the way people are perceiving the impact of the environment upon their everyday life. A global change in laws, policies, and ideals are causing a phenomenon to occur. More and more people are realizing that the green revolution -is not just a passing fad - but is here to stay. Green building alone has increased four-fold over the last few years. The Leed'r will be bringing you compelling stories and cutting edge news in and around the green community...stay tuned...

(*LEED® and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.)


Green Building Facts

The overall green building market (both non-residential and residential) is likely to more than double from $36-49 billion in 2009 to $96-140 billion by 2013.
The construction market accounts for 13.4% of the $13.2 trillion U.S. GDP.
Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use (includes fuel input for production), and represent 72% of U.S electricity consumption.
An upfront investment of 2% in green building design, on average, results in life cycle savings of 20% of the total construction costs – more than ten times the initial investment.
Sales in stores with skylights were up to 40% higher compared to similar stores without skylights.
Students with the most daylighting in their classrooms progressed 20% faster on math tests and 26% faster on reading tests in one year than those with less daylighting.

Source: US Green Building Council

The LEED'r Profile - those who make a difference:

Leilani Munter

Leilani Münter is a race car driver and environmental activist. She is currently racing in the ARCA Series presented by Re/Max and Menards.

She holds a bachelors degree in Biology specializing in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California San Diego. Leilani adopts an acre of rainforest for every race she runs and is a long time vegetarian and eco activist. She is politically active in the legistlative fight for the environment and has made several visits to Capitol Hill to speak with members of Congress on behalf of climate change legislation.

Leilani is the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. She set the record for the highest finish for a female driver in the history of the Texas Motor Speedway when she finished fourth in 2006. Her racing accomplishments have landed her on the pages of USA Today, Italian Vogue, Esquire, ESPN and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world.

With family ties in the music community – her brother-in-law is Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir – Leilani is a self described “vegetarian hippie chick.” She documents her efforts to go green on her eco-site: CarbonFreeGirl


Green News

Lake Mead Hits Record Low Level - Sometime between 11 and noon on Sunday, the water level in Lake Mead, the massive reservoir whose water fills the taps of millions of people across the Southwest, fell lower than it ever has since it was filled 75 years ago...read on

Green Building Is For The Little People: Helmsley Building Pulls Down LEED Gold - read on

On Our Radar: Nascar to Use Biofuel Blend - Starting next season, Nascar will use a 15 percent ethanol blend from Sunoco for its three national touring series. A Nascar executive says the use of American ethanol “creates jobs in the United States, helps foster energy independence and continues the greening of our sport.” ...read on

Weekend Reading: Frank Gehry Talks Beekman, New Yorkers Go Crazy For Compost, PlaNYC’s Green Roof Push - Green roofs: I believe I am on the record as pertains to this issue. But while I make no real bones about my sorrow at green roofs sluggish adoption in New York City, I don’t pretend not to know why that’s so...read on

Jimmy Carchietta LEED AP, CEO and Founder of The Cotocon Group will be a featured speaker at the HIA-LI Go Green Environmental & Energy Conference.

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The LEED'r is a green newsletter, owned by The Cotocon Group. The Leed'r is a weekly publication which reports on a wide range of environmental interests. In future newsletters, we will continue to provide compelling information, relevant news, interviews with industry professionals, and a whole lot of other interesting material. Please enjoy and feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, or ideas that you may have regarding green building or any environmental issues at info@thecotocongroup.com

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