Industry Resources

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

 

 

Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) The EDTA is the preeminent US industry association dedicated to the promotion of electric drive as the best means to achieve the highly efficient and clean use of secure energy in the transportation sector.

 

 

Plug In America Plug In America’s mission is to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment.

 

 

All Cars Electric All Cars Electric drives and reviews all electric cars and plug-ins, and offers advice and tips to consumers on buying electric cars.

 

 

 

Electric Auto Association The EAA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles.

 

 

AutoblogGreen AutoblogGreen obsessively covers all environmentally-friendly (or egregiously unfriendly) car news.

 

 

SAE International SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.

 

 

Sustainable Buildings Practices are Good for the Planet...and for Business

LEED

There has been an ongoing paradigm shift in the construction industry to adopt sustainable building practices, as evidence shows that buildings are a primary source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and natural resource depletion. Constructing buildings that minimize natural resource depletion and dramatically reduce GHG emissions are paramount to creating a sustainable environment. In addition to being better for the planet, evidence shows that "going green" is also good for business. In addition to lowering the total cost of ownership of a building, green buildings also command higher market values. As a result, there are many incentives for developers, contractors and building owners to adopt sustainability programs. However, it is not only important to be able to measure "green performance" of a building, but also to be able to compare performance to other building as well. Creating a third-party rating system to measure such performance is key. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system precisely for this purpose.

What is LEED?

As defined by the USGBC, "LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts."

How are EVs and LEED Related?

Installing EV charging stations at your business supports several LEED metrics, including:

  • CO2 emissions reduction
  • Energy efficiency
  • Stewardship of resources

Providing EV Charging Stations for a portion of available vehicle parking may qualify your project for additional LEED points. To get full details regarding this and other LEED metrics, visit the USGBC website.