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Green Friday: 1/3/2020

Green Fridays are about bringing you resources to make the most informed decisions on ways through which you can shift towards sustainability, zero waste, and reduced carbon emissions. Here are 11 great reads breaking down ways cities are becoming more green-friendly, how building materials are becoming more sustainable, how adaptive management of where we live is on the rise, and more.

1.    ‘Hipsturbia’: It’s What All the Cool Suburbs Are Doing and It’s A 2020 Trend

Suburbia is now trending towards ‘Hipsturbia’ by adopting the live/work/play formula. By revitalizing suburban downtowns, communities are working to bring together places in which you can live, eat, work, shop, and play, such that they are not only attracting the interests and attention of residents and staying ‘hip’ with Millenials but making communities more green by reducing the need to travel using cars and other vehicles.

2.    The State of Sustainable Building 2020

As the economy changes and the market shifts towards greener materials, labor shortages, fluctuations in building material costs, access to clean water and air, and housing shortages have impacted the housing industry to both its benefit and detriment. Read more about how Green Builder magazine investigates these changes to the housing industry in 2020.

3.    Retreating from rising seas isn’t a win or a defeat — it’s reality

Chronic flooding is a reality in many places around the US and the globe. Through adaptive management plans, like ‘managed retreat’ from our shorelines, we can work towards ensuring the future sustainability of the housing market outside of flood zones and revitalize shorelines lost to erosion and poor urban planning in the past.

4.    A new kind of cookie-cutter

HOAs are generally spoken of in less than glowing words. However, by pushing new green initiatives, like environmentally-friendly lawns, HOAs can help to push our housing communities towards green futures, conserving water and promoting the planting of native/dryland landscaping.

5.    What if your home took care of you instead of the other way around?

Having a high-tech home should not mean you need to baby it more than the average household. Learn more about how your green-tech living accommodations can take care of you and put your health benefits front and center when searching for your next property.

6.    Architectural design for buildings that create more energy than they consume

How can we move towards zero energy life? A lab at Harvard University’s Center for Green Buildings and Cities ( is looking to answer that exact question through their HouseZero project. Through HouseZero, these housing design scientists are searching for the answers to how we can make homes that can function completely off-grid; ideal in this age of power shut-offs and high energy costs.

Also see: ‘Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All’ and ‘Is This Harvard Prototype the Greenest House in America?’

7.    Green Mortgages

How can you make sure your financing is ‘green’? This guide can help you determine the best ‘green mortgage’ options to maximize your energy-efficiency (even financially!).

8.    How Carbon-Free Standards Will Impact Homeowners

Carbon-free standards seek to help all of us breathe easier, drink cleaner water, and live more healthy lives in the future. Learn how you can reduce your waste and optimize energy usage to become a carbon-free pioneer.

9.    One Thing You Can Do: Slay the Energy Vampires

Energy vampires can be the biggest drag to increasing our energy bills every cycle. Slash energy waste at home by driving a stake through energy hogs.

10.    After Cyber Monday, here comes a new spotlight on e-commerce shipping

Online shopping is great for helping you get everything done with the least amount of hassle. However, have you ever wondered what the carbon footprint of all the associated deliveries adds to? Such carbon emissions associated with e-commerce are on the rise and should be the concern about everyone utilizing these services. As such, we need to think twice about which services we may be using and be more aware of carbon-offset resources when checking out.

11.    The Plastic Problem

Pollution by the way of microplastics was the subject of one of my past Green Friday posts. Tune into PBS to learn about how plastic pollution affects our communities and environment world-wide.

Excerpts of this post were first shared on the National Association of Realtors Green REsource Council REsource Newsletter by Elyse Umlauf-Garneau

Make sure to check back every Friday for more content on how to Live Green and continue to Love Where You Live.

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