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The Living Building Challenge

Out of the Way, LEEDS—There’s a New (Green Building) Sheriff in Town

LEEDS was only the beginning. Now, the gauntlet has truly been thrown down. The International Living Building Institute has issued a challenge:

to all design professionals, contractors and building owners to create the foundation for a sustainable future in the fabric of our communities.

to politicians and government officials to remove barriers to systemic change, and to realign incentives and market signals that truly protect the health, safety and welfare of people and all beings.

to all of humanity to reconcile the built environment with the natural environment, into a civilization that creates greater biodiversity, resilience and opportunities for life with each adaptation and development.”

Living Building Challenge Certified: Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Living Building Challenge Certified: Omega Center for Sustainable Living

The Living Building Challenge is currently the most stringent and advanced measure of sustainability, providing a comprehensive set of green practices for building designers, developers and owners.

From avoiding ecologically harmful materials to demonstrating a full year of net-zero energy use, the Living Building Challenge is a tough but inspiring call to action. “A tall order to be sure,” states the organization, but one that has already been met by several projects—and continues to be pursued by many more. Continue reading

What Is Food Alliance Certification?

Third-Party Sustainability Certification: Food Alliance Certified

Food Alliance Certification

Food Alliance Certification: Seal of Approval

Food Alliance is an organization that provides third-party certification of sustainable agricultural operations. Farmers, ranchers, food processors and distributors, and other players in the food industry can demonstrate their commitment to socially and ecologically responsible practices by obtaining Food Alliance Certification.

The criteria vary depending on the type of business, but generally they focus on equitable working conditions, land and water conservation, reduced use of toxic materials, protection of wildlife habitat, waste reduction and reuse, and the continual improvement of practices.

A wide variety of individual food products can also be certified, such as meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and grains, with the requirements that they are humanely raised (in the case of livestock), not genetically modified, not artificially flavored, colored or preserved, and travel along a verifiable supply chain. Continue reading