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Mark Johnson

Jun 10, 2014
12:28

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Commercial property owners with an eco-conscience are proud to adopt the "Energy Star" standards promoted by the U.S. DoE. There is an annual Energy Star award competition. Note DoE is using social media to promote its program. Here's the DoE URL: http://www.energystar.gov/ I live in Maryland and here's our State's Eco URL - note the Eco Loan offering: http://marylandenergyaudit.net/?gclid=CKiFnoLT774CFbF9OgodESYAVA It's got to be a holistic effort. Commercial, private, government, and even incentives for renters with property owner/community approval. I own a townhome within a large Homes Corp Development, and I'm the first to install solar panels (installation next month). It was easily approved by the Architectural Review Board.

Dan Whittet

Jun 17, 2014
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The LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system is a good place to start in developing new ideas for holistic, walkable and non fossil fuel based communities. The benefits to these connected living ideas are incredible, both economically, socially and for health. One way I think this proposal can gain traction would be promoting town ordinances that link walk score to property taxes. Radical?

Mark Johnson

Jun 20, 2014
06:05

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Thank you Scrapsparcs - LEED is great. It has 9 different ratings but LEEDS Existing Buildings,Operations and Maintenance (LEEDS-EBOM) and Energy Star have collaborated to create a toolkit for existing building owners. In fact, as a prerequisite, all LEED-EBOM certified buildings must go through Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager to get an energy star score. In order to be LEED-EBOM qualified, an existing building must reach an Energy Star score of 69 or higher. A score of 69 signifies that a building is performing 69% better than similar buildings. See more! http://blog.wegowise.com/leed-ebom-vs-energy-star-whats-the-difference

Mark Johnson

Jun 20, 2014
06:03

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Thank you Scrapsparcs - 2nd post - my counter is not working. LEED is great. It has 9 different ratings but LEEDS Existing Buildings,Operations and Maintenance (LEEDS-EBOM) and Energy Star have collaborated to create a toolkit for existing building owners. In fact, as a prerequisite, all LEED-EBOM certified buildings must go through Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager to get an energy star score. In order to be LEED-EBOM qualified, an existing building must reach an Energy Star score of 69 or higher. A score of 69 signifies that a building is performing 69% better than similar buildings. See more! http://blog.wegowise.com/leed-ebom-vs-energy-star-whats-the-difference

Mark Johnson

Jun 20, 2014
06:53

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Thank you Scrapsparcs - 3rd post - my counter is still not working stuck on 41 posts. LEED is great. It has 9 different ratings but LEEDS Existing Buildings,Operations and Maintenance (LEEDS-EBOM) and Energy Star have collaborated to create a toolkit for existing building owners. In fact, as a prerequisite, all LEED-EBOM certified buildings must go through Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager to get an energy star score. In order to be LEED-EBOM qualified, an existing building must reach an Energy Star score of 69 or higher. A score of 69 signifies that a building is performing 69% better than similar buildings. See more! http://blog.wegowise.com/leed-ebom-vs-energy-star-whats-the-difference

Climate Colab

Aug 5, 2014
08:38

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This would be a great addition to existing Green Building rating areas that could have great benefits for cities, towns and communities to encourage more accessible, useful and enjoyable public spaces. I think this is a very good proposal with excellent potential of coming to fruition. It would be good to know more about the appitite for such an addition to existing rating schemes and whether there is a city or country interested in pilotting this project -- with that on board, this proposal would have a clear way to kick it off and develop it over time for broader take up. The proposal to develop an 'Outdoor Environment Quality' indicator is terrific. Good engagement plan and connection to existing Green Building Council rating tools - but the connection to public demanding more green buildings needs more work. It would be great to have more detail on how 'Outdoor Environment Quality' would engage the public to want and therefore demand more green buildings.

Javier Burgos

Aug 10, 2014
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Hello and greetings from the contest fellows! Thank you for submitting a proposal to our contest, and congratulations on making it into the top 8! We are very excited to have your proposal, and hope to see it do well. We would love for you to keep improving your proposal prior to the next round of judging. Don't forget, both Judges Choice and Popular Choice winners will be connected with people who can support the implementation of their proposal, which may include policy makers, business executives, NGO and foundation officials, scientists, and others. They will be recognized and publicized by the MIT Climate CoLab and invited to showcase their proposals at a conference held at MIT November 2014, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded. I would like to encourage you to take a moment and consider how you can improve your proposal, before the next round of judging. The judges comments from the 1st round have been shared with you as a comment (above), feel free to consider these as you make edits. In addition, you may want to consider adding additional information on: - how this requirement or credit will engage and connect with the public, leading to larger demand for green buildings - More information on the structure of the credit itself and what would be required. How might it be preliminarily defined? - More information on the proposal costs and timeline - Would there be a marketing component surrounding this credit?

Victor Blanco

Aug 26, 2014
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I wish you the best! Please, check my proposal in Waste Management Contest, named "REACC: Recycled Debris for Adaptation to Climate Change"; and I would apreciate your support as I supported your proposal.

Climate Colab

Sep 3, 2014
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This proposal was not selected to advance to the Finalist round. The concept of public environmental quality is commendable. The link between this addition to Green Building Council tools and advocacy and creating or increasing public demand for green buildings hasn't really been made.