Blog-able Snap-shot – Miranda Hickman

The Earth is undoubtably facing rapid climate change on a global scale. According to NASA, evidence for rapid climate change includes that of global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacier retreat, decreased snow cover, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and so forth (“Climate Change: How Do We Know?”). Exceeding the tipping point of any of the planet’s boundaries can result in a plethora of problems for humans including social, environmental, and economical complications. It is now more imperative than ever that we address the problems that we face both locally and LaPoGardenglobally by making the environment our primary concern. The first step is acknowledging the fact that we cannot prosper if we exhaust our planet. There are a variety of things that we can do to help save our Earth. Of these solutions includes that of sustainable building development. The implementation of sustainable building design can help businesses and home owners reduce their costs and environmental impact. Green buildings help promote energy efficiency through sustainable design features, improve cost efficiency, limit waste through material efficiency, and help boost the economy (“5 Benefits of Sustainable Building and Home Construction”). The application of sustainable design on a college campus can promote a greater understanding of the environmental problems we face while simultaneously spreading knowledge on sustainable practices.

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