We’re greener than we seem

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Greater Cincinnati is on the leading edge of the green movement – maybe not in showy ways like curbside composting or light rail, but in the green you don’t see.

Cincinnati is the largest city in the country to get all of its electricity from alternative energy sources, and it has the third-most homes certified under the U.S. Green Business Council’s Leadership in Engineering and Design standards. The region is also a leader in LEED-certified schools.

“This is a happening place,” said Brewster Rhoads, executive director of the Green Umbrella. “We’re turning Mark Twain’s adage on its head. In many ways we are 10 years ahead, particularly compared to other Midwest cities.”

How to design and live in a Green Home while studying for the LEED for Homes AP exam

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The following is an outline for a series of classes to pass the LEED for Homes Accredited Professional exam.

We’re creating a series of tours that focuses on how families are living sustainably in their homes. Our goals will be to learn the LEED for Homes Sustainable Categories.

How to design and use a kitchen to make healthy food for your family, while easy to use and clean.
What does a landscape look like that is easy to maintain and grows food? While composting too.
Bathrooms that uses less water and energy, how does that look and feel?
Living rooms that uses less energy and is a multi-use space. What kind of furniture do you need to make a space multi-functional? A place for children to grow up and be themselves?
A garage that can also be a work shop and storage.
How do you use plants to lower the C02 in your bedroom?
How can a homeowner understand the HVAC and water systems in their home? What is it like living with renewable energy?

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“Everything But The House” to auction Corbett House Kitchen June 17, 2012

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Everything But The House will auction the famous Corbett House kitchen June 17, 2012. You can preview the kitchen at their St. Bernard location starting June 16, 2012. Phone: 513-297-1880, Email: Contact@EBTH.com. learn more at the Everything But The House web site. All proceeds will be donated to the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati.

LEED AP for Homes Exam Class

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The class may use an actual residential project as a class exercise. You will receive hands on experience and your work on an actual LEED project will qualify you to take the LEED for Homes AP exam. The class project is expected to last several months. Many of the residential buildings in the City of Cincinnati are being LEED Certified …