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Earthly Ideas’ News and Announcements

June 5, 2017: Earthly Ideas LLC is pleased to be an initial signatory to the “We Are Still In” statement, which declares support for climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global economic prosperity. We remain committed to doing our part to drive down carbon pollution and fight climate change. Alongside numerous U.S. states, cities, colleges, universities, businesses, and investors driving the U.S. economy, we will continue to pursue ambitious climate goals and work together to ensure our nation remains a global leader in reducing emissions.

January 13, 2016: We are thrilled that Earthly Ideas LLC has been designated a LEED® Proven Provider™ for the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system family by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)! This designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects.

LEED Proven Provider is designed to encourage and reward high-quality LEED project submissions to minimize the need for additional work during the project review process. We joined a select group of 39 companies worldwide (and became the third in Colorado) that have earned this designation for LEED® BD+C projects.

December 17, 2015: Having the Montezuma-Cortez High School (M-CHS) earn LEED® Gold was a great way to end the year. And having another Construction preliminary review accepted as final (see October 5, 2015 below) was a feather in Earthly Ideas’ LEED project management cap. We were pleased to lead the M-CHS team to this success and to meet the State’s High Performance Certification Program goal as required for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant.

October 5, 2015: Sometimes it’s a bit anticlimactic to complete a final review for LEED® certification. Yet being able to accept the Construction preliminary review as final for the La Plata County Administration Building was thrilling. (This meant our documentation was perfect!) Not only was this La Plata County’s first LEED certified facility but also this was Earthly Ideas’ first project that was able to skip both the final reviews for the Design and Construction applications. Thanks to this project’s team for its commitment to the State’s High Performance Certification Program and the LEED process.

June 24, 2015: It’s great to be able to apply your expertise to a new market. While Earthly Ideas has worked with many general contractors over the years, working directly with a specialized subcontractor was a new experience. Suntec Concrete is the largest commercial concrete contractor in the Phoenix area. Concrete is one of the more complicated products to document in LEED due to it being an assembly and the way that fly ash gets special treatment. Thanks to a referral from Okland Construction, we were pleased to provide Suntec’s project coordinators with training and tools to help them be more effective and streamlined in providing LEED documentation to their various general contractors.

May 18, 2015: Due to a variety of reasons, LEED can’t be pursued by every project but that doesn’t mean that green building features can’t be included in the project. We are happy to be supporting Mountain Middle School and Feeney Architects in their quest to green this charter school in Durango, Colorado.

May 6, 2015: Working as a team member for RMBA Architects, Earthly Ideas is excited to be providing LEED for Interior Design and Construction services to the La Plata County Courthouse. The commercial interiors project entails remodeling the first floor of the courthouse to accommodate federal and state district court facilities and county offices. We’ve registered the project with USGBC with a certification goal of LEED Silver.

January 14, 2015: While it was disheartening to learn that USGBC was rolling out a new platform over the Christmas/New Year's holidays, Earthly Ideas proactively readied itself to support its teams with the intricacies of the new LEED Online. We conducted our first new LEED Online training today and it went well. We’re pleased that USGBC is listening to customer feedback and adding new features to make the tool more useful and robust.

August 28, 2014: August 2014 was a busy month for Earthly Ideas! Our roots of project management started in the 1990’s working in the field with contractors. So we were pleased to be enlisted by Jeffrey Carr Construction to help them navigate the LEED waters for the construction of the Science and Nursing Building for Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio.

August 19, 2014: Earthly Ideas strives to meet and even exceed client’s expectations for a quality experience on sustainable design consulting projects. So we were delighted to announce LEED Gold for Mercury Payment Systems and its corporate headquarters in Durango, Colorado. The team was contractually obligated only to LEED Silver and together we were able to craft a building with more documented sustainable features. Congratulations team!

August 13, 2014: Repeat clients signify trust. Earthly Ideas is pleased to again be supporting Fort Lewis College in campus-wide sustainability initiatives and owner LEED documentation - this time for its Berndt Hall Reconstruction for Geosciences/Physics/Engineering building. Working for the owner has its own rewards and we’ve appreciated the relationship with Fort Lewis College since we first worked for them in 2008.

July 4, 2014: As LEED’s use has become more prevalent, Earthly Ideas has found its role becoming more diverse and being more advisory than project managing. That was the case for the Animas-La Plata Permanent Operating Facility. We advised Janet Wiley Architects on the process and procedures of LEED project management and were pleased to see the project meet its certification goal of LEED Gold.

February 12, 2014: A surprise can be an exhilarating thing. Managing Principal Michelle Reott was definitely surprised (maybe even speechless) when she learned at the Green Business Roundtable that Earthly Ideas was nominated and a finalist for the 2013 Green Business Leadership Award. (You see as co-coordinator of the Green Business Roundtable, Michelle had been managing the Green Business Leadership Award selection process since its inception in 2002. She passed the baton for this effort in 2013 due to other commitments and found herself being on the receiving end.) Michelle was pleased to have Earthly Ideas’ work recognized as finalist but she was inspired by the efforts of Zia Taqueria who was the winner. (And needless to say, Michelle got back to managing the selection process in 2014.)

January 24, 2014: In a continued professional relationship with Everblue Training Institute, Michelle Reott is pleased to be providing Subject Matter Expert (SME) services for LEED v4. As part of a team, Michelle is assisting with updating Everblue’s exam prep content from LEED 2009 to LEED v4. While her specific SME focus is on the Energy and Atmosphere and Materials and Resources credit categories, she is utilizing her knowledge of the entire Building Design + Construction family of rating systems by reviewing all the practice questions to determine if they are still relevant in LEED v4. In addition to her own professional development efforts, Michelle’s volunteer work with the Colorado Regionalization Task Force in 2011-2012 laid the foundation for her familiarity with LEED v4. Please contact us if we can help you with training on LEED v4 or with implementing it on your next green building project.

September 17, 2013: Today Earthly Ideas’ Managing Principal Michelle Reott earned a third LEED Professional Credential - LEED AP® O+M (Operations + Maintenance) - from the Green Building Certification Institute. This credential distinguishes professionals implementing sustainable practices, improving performance, heightening efficiency, and reducing environmental impact in existing buildings through enhanced operations and maintenance. Michelle already possesses LEED AP specialties in Building Design + Construction and Interior Design + Construction. She is eager to apply this knowledge on existing building projects as well as in training work.

August 20, 2013: In the past year, we've found a niche helping teams complete the LEED certification process. We were pleased to accept Silverton School’s certification for its renovation on behalf of their capable design and construction team. From the research we conducted, this project is the first historic LEED Gold K-12 educational facility in the world!

June 12, 2013: It’s gratifying to apply our years of green building and LEED experience on projects that have capable project managers who need some outside expertise. Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, NM is one such project we’re currently advising. This adaptive reuse project is a historical renovation of the St. Vincent Hospital in the heart of downtown Santa Fe.

April 3, 2013: We’re honored to be part of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini ’s team working on the new Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez, CO. As the High Performance Certification Program Champion, Earthly Ideas LLC will be shepherding the project to LEED Gold.

February 20, 2013: Back due to popular demand, our live webinar with GreenCE, Inc. entitled Raising Green Building Awareness through Occupant Engagement will be offered again on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. If you cannot attend on March 5th, the on-demand version recorded in November 2012 is available for purchase.

January 18, 2013: Michelle Reott is pleased to have solidified her long standing relationship and respect for BuildingGreen, Inc. by becoming a guest expert on LEEDuser.com. She is providing advice and sharing her knowledge on Materials and Resources Credits 2 and 4 for the LEED-NC v2.2 and LEED-NC, -CI, -CS, and -Schools v2009 Rating System forums.

December 21, 2012: If you missed our live webinar, Raising Green Building Awareness through Occupant Engagement, on November 1, 2012, it is now available on-demand online at GreenCE, Inc. The cost is $29 and it contributes one hour of general or LEED-specific credit in either BD+C, ID+C, or O+M to LEED Professionals’ continuing education needs.

October 24, 2012: We were delighted to assist Geoffrey E. Butler Architecture in meeting the goal of LEED Platinum for the renovation of San Francisco Toyota. Check out this video for an overview of the facility’s green features.

September 19, 2012: The date of our live webinar with GreenCE, Inc. entitled Raising Green Building Awareness through Occupant Engagement has been set for Thursday, November 1, 2012. Please consider signing up to attend or learning more about this course, which only costs $29 for individual attendees. There are discounts for groups of 5 (or 10) or more. If you can't attend on November 1, we will post additional information about the on-demand online version of the course after the live event.

August 1, 2012: Happy Anniversary Earthly Ideas! Michelle Reott founded Earthly Ideas in 1992 with a goal of making businesses more environmentally responsible. Twenty years later, Earthly Ideas continues to work towards sustainability with a focus on building design, construction, and operations.

July 25, 2012: Earthly Ideas LLC is proud to be working on a local project for Mercury Payment Systems, LLC. We are part of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini’s team, which is designing a new 86,000 sf headquarters with a goal of LEED Silver in Durango, CO.

July 1, 2012: Earthly Ideas is working with GreenCE, Inc. to produce a 1-hour live webinar and on-demand online course entitled Raising Green Building Awareness through Occupant Engagement. It has been approved by GBCI for its Credential Maintenance Program as LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, and O+M Specific. Sign up or learn more on the live webinar, which will be held on November 1, 2012.

June 19, 2012: Today Earthly Ideas’ Managing Principal Michelle Reott earned a second LEED Professional Credential - LEED AP® ID+C (Interior Design + Construction) - from the Green Building Certification Institute. The LEED AP® ID+C credential demonstrates the exceptional expertise of professionals participating in the design, construction, and improvement of commercial interiors and tenant spaces that offer a sustainable, healthful, and high-performance work environment. Michelle already possesses a LEED AP® in the Building Design + Construction specialty. She is looking forward to using this new credential on commercial interiors projects as well as in the training work she is doing with Everblue and GreenCE.

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April 23, 2012: The Obama Administration named 78 schools in 29 states and DC as the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS). Earthly Ideas LLC was thrilled to receive notice from the Green Dream Team that Erie High School was on the list. Read the press release to find out more and see the entire list. Congratulations to all schools receiving this recognition!