The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a sustainable, prosperous future for communities worldwide. To help spread the word, they have launched the Living Standard campaign. The campaign seeks to expand the conversation around sustainability well beyond the green building community to a broader population.
Also, the Living Standard campaign aims to understand perspectives on climate risks from outside their immediate community. They want to reach the people who will be most affected before it’s too late. The mission includes helping to raise the standard of living for communities around the world.
We have to expand the way we talk about sustainability. The heart of the green building community’s efforts must go well beyond construction and efficiency, and the materials that make up our buildings. We must dig deeper and focus on what matters most within those buildings: human beings.
To help others amplify the campaign’s message, they provide an Action Toolkit. The purpose of the Toolkit is to give the community (i.e., LEED professionals and practitioners, USGBC members, advocates, developers, teachers) the tools to carry their message to a wider, global audience. Visit the Living Standard website here to learn more about the program and campaign; you’ll also be able to download the Action Toolkit.
There are numerous things everyone can do to reduce energy use. For example, we installed a hybrid water heater, which paid for itself while lowering our energy use as well as our utility bills. See our post, Helpful Tips and General Guide to Buying an Energy Efficient Water Heater.