Top 10 Gorgeous Green Buildings That Actually Exist

[sniplet tweetright] [sniplet diggright] We all know that high-tech green buildings can be stunningly beautiful. Unfortunately, though, many of these buildings won’t be built for years, if ever. Creating these impressive structures is a very difficult and expensive process, so it makes sense that many of the concepts don’t yet exist.

But, some of these beautiful buildings have been built. In this list, we’ve found a collection of incredible green buildings that actually exist right now, as in, you could walk into them and take a look around. Additionally, each of these buildings is LEED Platinum certified, which is the highest green rating available to a modern structure.

With that in mind, here is a list of the top 10 beautiful green buildings that actually exist. Check them out if they happen to be nearby, or just get excited about the fact that such beautiful eco-friendly architecture is actually a reality.

1. Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, IL

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Guilty Pleasures: Admit and Conquer Your Eco-Hating Secrets

Photo by cogdogblog on Flickr / CC BY 2.0[sniplet tweetright]It’s true. We all have habits that we probably shouldn’t have, and luxuries that we probably shouldn’t enjoy. Often these guilty-pleasures produce so much waste, or are so bad for the environment, that they are hard to ignore.

But we can’t help ourselves!

We’ve gotten in the habit of it and there’s no going back — we’ll just have to live with our sinful selves, right?

Wrong. Just because we’re not ready to give up all of our favorite pleasures doesn’t mean there is nothing we can do about them. Let’s talk about what some of those guilty pleasures are first, and then we’ll talk about how to make amends.

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Lights Off! 8 Fun Things to Do in the Dark

The Moon / Photo by gumayunov on Flickr  / CC BY 2.0[sniplet tweetright]For most of us, we stay up long after the sun goes down. We watch television, stay up on our computers, listen to music, read or whatever else we do with the lights on. What’s wrong with that? Well, we’re using more energy than we used to back when people didn’t have artificial lighting, but we’re also missing out on all of the fun things to do in the dark!

If you’re interested in saving some money on your electric bill, why not try a “night in the dark.” About 9% of the energy spent in an average American’s home is used on lighting. If we decrease the amount of light we use, we can decrease the amount of energy we use. While this may not seem like a lot of energy savings, this adds up.

If you don’t care how much energy you’re using, why not try a “night in the dark” just for fun. When the lights are out, our other senses kick in more intensely and we can experience some new and interesting things. Try a night “in the dark” and you might find you want to make a habit of it.

Without further ado, here are 8 ways to make your “night in the dark” exciting and fun.

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Recycling: Is It Worth All The Fuss?

Recycling Bins[sniplet tweetleft]Recycling is many people’s first step into being green.

In fact, more people are recycling than are doing just about anything else for our environment. But is it worth all of the fuss?

A lot of people know that some recycled items just end up in landfills anyway. It’s can be expensive to buy items with recycled content, and it’s a pain to sort all of the recycled stuff. What gets recycled, what doesn’t? Is it even possible to recycle enough to be worth it?

On the other hand, why not recycle? Every little bit helps! It’s really easy to do, and a lot of the things that you can’t recycle can be reused. If you’re lucky, your township or municipality will even pick up your recycling for you without charging a dime. All you have to do is stick glass, plastics, and metals into a bin and take it to the curb.

So what’s the real deal. Is recycling worth it?

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5 Ways To Go Green On Your Commute

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Everyone needs to work – in some way or another. And most people have a commute. According to NPR, the average commute in the US is 25 minutes! That’s a whole lot of time just to get to and from work.

I’ve recently given up my 45-60 min commute for a 0 minute commute, but I acutely remember how awful it can be. Whether you drive, walk, bike, or take public transportation to work, try to change up your routine a bit and see if you can at least decrease your negative impact on the earth.

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