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Most people are aware that chemical substances can affect their health.

However, very few people realise that these substances can originate from products such as electronic equipment, furniture, carpets, detergents and toys. You cannot see the chemicals, but they are released from products and accumulate in dust and in the air. They can then affect you and your health.

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Living Building Challenge

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) were created with the same goal in mind: to encourage more sustainability and resource conservation in architecture, design, construction and building operations. LEED, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is well known in architecture, building and design circles as the standard for certifying the green attributes of new and retrofitted structures (and even entire neighborhoods).

 

Credit: iStockPhoto   So far, six different projects, from New York State to Hawaii, have been certified as “Living Buildings.” The likely 7th is Seattle’s Bullitt Center (pictured here in progress), a six-story solar-powered "net zero" building designed to make extensive reuse of rainwater and day lighting and which features many other green amenities.

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So far, six different projects, from New York State to Hawaii, have been certified as “Living Buildings.” The likely 7th is Seattle’s Bullitt Center (pictured here in progress), a six-story solar-powered "net zero" building designed to make extensive reuse of rainwater and day lighting and which features many other green amenities.

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Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics

This 18th edition of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics evaluates leading consumer electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in three environmental criteria: Energy and Climate, Greener Products, and Sustainable Operations.

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Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation.

The coalition of diverse groups is united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in homes, places of work, and products we use every day.

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