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In Oklahoma, a Utility's Smart Grid Leads the Way

An effective smart-grid infrastructure would mean less consumption, lower bills, fewer power plants and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Millions of Americans are about to change their electricity consumption as power companies build the smart grid projects they’ve been talking about for the past few years. One place to look for inspiration is Oklahoma, and its leading power producer.

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Carbon Karma: How Companies Use Forests to Offset Pollution

Why would you pay someone just to own a forest?

Erica Grieder's weekly series explores how businesses are responding to consumers, governments, and markets to make their practices and their products more sustainable.

Why would you pay someone just to own a forest?

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A New Architectural Standard for Sustainable-Minded Companies

For building owners looking for a holistic approach to sustainability, SEED offers a new path.

For the past decade, architects and developers—and even lawyers, policymakers, and product manufacturers—have lined up for the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) credential, proudly adding it to their names and business cards. A lengthy, points-based checklist earns buildings a similar certification, complete with fancy placards boasting Platinum, Gold, or Silver certification as LEED buildings and developments. Although it has its critics, LEED is unequivocally the standard for green building. Along with the sustainability movement, LEED has transformed the relationship between environmental concerns and the built environment.

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