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Why Green?

10/4/17  |  Ellie Botshon

How do “green” practices integrate with real estate? The envelope of our home matters, as well as the materials and systems in place. It's important both for our environment and for our wallets. 

I am certified as a LEED Green Associate. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and it's used to rate a building's environmental sustainability. LEED ratings are used all over the world, for all types of building projects, and I’m proud to have the LEED certification.
It’s not just about the acronym for me, though. With a passion for green living, I integrate sustainable practices into my personal and professional life whenever possible. For my recent kitchen renovation, the cost was important but so were the materials involved: How were they made? What were they made of? Did they emit harmful gases? How far did the materials have to travel? These were some of the general sustainability questions that came up for me, and they informed the choices I made. 
I am excited to see more and more people acknowledging the importance of sustainable living. But with the ocean of information on the internet, it's easy to get overwhelmed when researching how green living can impact your life.
As a LEED Green Associate, I combine the traditional services of a Realtor® with the ability to help you understand the various elements that make a home more sustainable. 
Here are a few of my favorite sites. Click here for a complete list. And please let me know if you have a link to share!
Boston Building Materials Co-op and Resource Center—mostly recycled building materials
Mass Save—offers home energy audits and energy efficiency rebates for homes and businesses in Massachusetts
Carbon Footprint Calculations and
Earth911—Local recycling options
Greener Choices—Products for a better planet
Residential remodeling program created by ASID and USGBC
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