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Organizational Strategy

The Business Case for Sustainability

by Scott Lewis, Brightworks CEO
The seven key business benefits of sustainability, and how they're shaping business today.
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Clarity of Purpose: The First Step on the Path to True Sustainability

by Scott Lewis, Brightworks CEO
The first step in a strategic sustainability effort is to define a "North Star" target that will guide goal setting, prioritization and decision making.
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Baseline: The Foundation for Any Effective Sustainability Program

by Scott Lewis, Brightworks CEO
A rock-solid, carefully engineered foundation is an absolute necessity for any serious building project. And so it is with sustainability planning; without a great baseline, vision statements, goals, objectives, and metrics will lack cohesiveness and focus.
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Managing Sustainability is Managing Change

by Thom Walters, Brightworks Senior Sustainability Strategist
The process for preparing and aligning an organization around change is as important as the new initiative or strategy itself.
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Existing Buildings

Tapping Your Human Capital to Drive Green Building Performance

by Jessica Green, Seattle Regional Director
People, times, and technology constantly change, so protecting your green building investment means managing for human behavior as well as technological changes.
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The Three Critical Success Factors of a LEED-EBOM Project

by Eric Baxter, Existing Buildings Group Director
By asking these key questions before you embark on your LEED EBOM certification effort, you can expect a smoother process that meets your goals.
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Should a LEED-EBOM Certification Figure Into Your Next Fiscal Year?

by Eric Baxter, Brightworks Existing Buildings Group Director
How to budget for the costs and savings of a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance project.
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Bridging the Gap: High-performance opportunities in existing buildings

by Scott Lewis, Brightworks CEO
No computer model will be able to anticipate changes in occupancy or use of a building, so let's focus on where the real opportunities lie.
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New Buildings

Where There is Urgency, There is Opportunity

by Scott Lewis, Brightworks CEO
What to do about climate change if we only have seven years to do it.
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Moving Green Building Forward: Carrots or Sticks?

by Chris Forney and Marian Thomas, Brightworks Sustainability Advisors
These two approaches provide very different benefits and challenges. Which will move green building forward faster?
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Risk Management in Sustainable Design

by Chris Forney, Brightworks Senior Sustainability Advisor
Architecture and engineering firms need to be aware of the professional liability risk they undertake on green building projects.
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Biomimicry - Life's Principles: Applying the Laws of Nature

by Nicole Isle, Senior Sustainability Advisor
What if we judged our actions against the laws of nature to accelerate the remediation of past harms and create an environment where future generations benefit from a life better than ours?
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