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Breaking Down Net Zero Building: Reality or Wishful Thinking?

Ashley Halligan, an analyst at Software Advice, recently published an article outlining the growing trend of net zero development–rather in the case of retrofitting current buildings undertaking a goal to become net zero, or in the case of design teams developing a from-the-ground-up initiatives.

Halligan interviewed several experts including designers, a former Department of Energy director of building performance, a sustainability manager who undertook and succeeded at a retrofitting net zero project, and a software guru whose company’s products help customers achieve sustainability goals.

Using a case study of McCormick–the food conglomerate–Halligan explains how their five-year energy consumption makeover resulted, almost by accident, in a net zero facility–a 363,000 facility, that is. In fact, this project created a surplus of energy in the first year.

Read the full story here.

Meatless Monday Deliciousness

I’m heading to the grocery store so I can prepare a delicious meatless day of food.  Here’s one thing I’ll be making out of Blissful Bites.  It’s simple and tastes great, so you have no excuses not to at least try it!!

Broccoli salad with creamy mustard dressing:

1 large crown of broccoli florets

1 large carrot, grated

1 cup cooked chickpeas, or 1 can, drained and rinsed

2 red radishes, thinly sliced.

The creamy dressing:

1/2 cup vegan mayo

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon sherry or apple cider vinegar

Pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Viola!

Why Meatless Monday You Ask…

In case you are new to the idea of reducing your meat intake, let me give you two big reasons it’s a good idea.

1. Americans consume 8 ounces of meat a day, 45% more than recommended by the USDA. Reduce your risk of heart disease and all kinds of other diseases.

2. Reduces the carbon footprint. It takes a lot of energy to produce meat, especially the factory farm kind.

Start a campaign for Meatless Monday at your office, school or wherever. It’s easy. You can even download a toolkit from Meatless Monday. Come on, do it, everyone is!

Chemicals on Food – It Really is This Simple.

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