Learn more, do more

0 Comment(s) | Posted Dec 11, 2017 by Antoinette Ellison  |  

Last week I was parking in a parking garage in uptown Charlotte and noticed something very interesting that I had not seen before…that is before I became environmentally conscience and concerned about the future of our planet.  I noticed several signs claiming that the building was a LEED certified building.  I also noticed that there were several prime parking spots reserved for low emission vehicles.  Running late as usual and desperate to find a space for my small SUV, I started to wonder exactly what made a vehicle “low emission” and what LEED certification was all about. 

Low emission cars, also known as “green cars” are cars that produce low emissions and have good fuel economy.  Armed with this knowledge, I was curious about my Honda CR-V.  In about two seconds, I was able to find out about my car using the Green Vehicle Guide at http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/Index.do.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized that my little CR-V didn’t score too badly.  It received a 6 out of 10 air pollution score which is based on government emission standards and reflect the vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution.  The CR-V received a 7 out of 10 greenhouse gas score which reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.  While the scores are probably not good enough for me to snag one of those prime parking spaces, it is nice to know that I am not destroying the planet in my travels. 

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green buildings certification system.  LEED certification verifies that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.  Since its development in 1998, there have been over 14,000 national and international projects. 

Solar power plays a big part in LEED certification.  Most LEED certified buildings have incorporated solar power in some way including solar powered electricity, hot water and passive solar heating.  There are so many ways to “be green.”  Perhaps the most important action one can take is to learn more and do more.  Check out your vehicle on the website mentioned above and consider the carbon footprint of your home or workplace.   Learn more about renewable energy and solar options at www.volt-energy.com

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