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What Are Green Building Materials? Wendy Vittori, HPD Open Standard

What Are Green Building Materials? Wendy Vittori, HPD Open Standard

Identifying The Safety Of Green Building Materials

“Any product that is used to construct the building, finish the building, or furnish the building is comprehended within our standard,” Wendy Vittori on Green Connections Radio. The green building sector is booming, and expected to grow to $433 billion by 2024, in efforts to combat climate change, since buildings comprise 40% of U.S. carbon emissions.  But, as we wait for answers to what exactly caused the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida to collapse, we must ask: how do we know these materials are safe? To find out, listen to Wendy Vittori, Executive Director of the Health Products Declaration Collaborative, which developed the Open Standard being used to publicly disclose what is actually in all building materials, in a consistent, reliable and transparent way.

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Are ‘Green’ Buildings Safe? – Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC

Are ‘Green’ Buildings Safe? – Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC

“Any concrete new mixture, whether it’s embodied carbon or flyash or any other innovation in making concrete more sustainable one way or the other in terms of the material itself, those are all tested through a rigorous standardized process.” Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC on Green Connections Radio podcast

As our hearts go out to the people in Surfside, Florida coping with the loss of their loved ones and friends in the catastrophic building collapse, this tragedy raises some hard questions that the “green” building community needs to answer. First among them is: Do sustainable building technologies and materials affect the structural integrity of their buildings? How are they tested to be sure?

Listen to architect Elizabeth Thompson, Vice President of the US Green Building Council

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Goal-Setting Session! – Joan Michelson’s Ground-Breaking Process

Goal-Setting Session! – Joan Michelson’s Ground-Breaking Process

What Is Your “Breakthrough” Goal? Goal-setting is a year-long and life-long process. No matter your age, status, or career industry, if you’re human being, you have goals, things you want to accomplish in your life. Here is a podcast of a process that I presented in a goal-setting workshop earlier this year. I cover both career and personal goals – approaching it holistically, since it’s all important to your happiness and feeling of success.

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‘Be Honest With Yourself’ About Your Career

‘Be Honest With Yourself’ About Your Career

The covid pandemic and the economic shutdown caused a lot of us to think anew about our careers. Many restaurants have had a hard time finding workers, not only because they don’t pay enough, but also because their staffs decided to change careers,...

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ESG Investing Is A Star. Women Are Why.

  One of the more subtle effects of covid-19 and the turmoil of 2020 is that it transformed how many of us — including global leaders — look at money and wealth. The convergence of four massive crises in 2020 caused almost everyone to...

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Think About Your Goals For 2021 Differently

Think About Your Goals For 2021 Differently

This new year is an opportunity to take a whole new perspective on who you want to be in 2021, on your career, and how you want to spend the next 12 months.

To develop your 2021 goals, it may be tempting to just grab your 2020 goals, and update them, maybe changing a date or a title here and there. But I urge you to try another way this time, especially after all the upheaval of 2020, because it gave each of us an opportunity – even forced us – to reexamine our goals, plans, careers, perspectives, relationships and priorities.

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9 Leadership Lessons From 2020, Per The World Economic Forum

9 Leadership Lessons From 2020, Per The World Economic Forum

The upheavals of 2020, triggered mostly but not only by the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic shutdown required to try to stop the spread of it, forced leaders to see their places in the economy and their organizations very differently, and to respond. Fast. In this new reality, almost none of the existing policies and practices applied, because they were too slow, irrelevant or ineffective. This tumultuous year also taught us of all – and especially the world’s leaders across sectors many of whom gathered virtually for the WEF 2021 for the first time – many lessons that we will need to both eliminate covid-19 and to emerge from it stronger and better. Here are 9 lessons leaders learned from 2020 and Covid-19, so far, as reflected in WEF 2021:

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  • Climate & Your Food – Robin Currey, Sustainable Food Systems Program at Prescott College
    Climate & Your Food – Robin Currey, Sustainable Food Systems Program at Prescott College

    As we face climate week at the U.N. this week, one of the more delicate issues is the threat that climate change poses to our food supply and in turn, the way our current food systems exacerbate climate change. You'll learn about: • how the current way we get our food - our food systems - can make climate change worse.; • how climate change is endangering our food supply; • the facts about "organic" foods and how they can help the rest of the food supply; • 3 tips for eating to aid mitigation of climate change (instead of make it worse). • And great career tips! Listen Now

  • Breaking up CO2 – @3M w Laura Nereng
    Breaking up CO2 – @3M w Laura Nereng

    When you hear “3M” you think of Post-it notes, right? Not so fast. 3M is innovating in cleantech – really – and breaking new ground, especially Listen Now

  • How to Get More Women STEM Leaders  – Heather Metcalf, Assn. of Women in Science
    How to Get More Women STEM Leaders  – Heather Metcalf, Assn. of Women in Science

    “Research has repeatedly demonstrated that diverse teams, especially in leadership, outperform homogenous teams in innovation, research quality, decision-making, and complex thinking and bolster their organization’s financial success,” according to the new AWIS research. Yet, the statistics on women in leadership are pathetic, especially in STEM. Here are tips. Listen Now

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