Green Mountain Builders completes Bonita Bay remodel

Green Mountain Builders has just announced the completion of a substantial remodel in the award-winning community of Bonita Bay, in Bonita Springs, Florida. The transitional-inspired  makeover consists of a completely transformed kitchen, main living area, dining room, master bedroom, bathrooms and outdoor living space.



a room filled with furniture and a large window: Green Mountain Builders recently completed a first floor renovation of this Bonita Bay home located in The Sanctuary.


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Green Mountain Builders recently completed a first floor renovation of this Bonita Bay home located in The Sanctuary.

The home, originally constructed in the late 1990s, is located in The Sanctuary, a distinctive cluster of luxury homes in Bonita Bay. The neighborhood borders a lovely lake and pristine nature preserve. Many estate homes within Bonita Bay that have now aged twenty-five years are going through the remodeling and makeover process that updates both indoor and outdoor spaces that typically open up interior spaces, require new and updated kitchens, living and dining spaces, plus bedrooms, bathrooms and various other interior upgrades and improvements.

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Tony Persichilli, owner of Green Mountain Builders, a licensed building contractor and currently celebrating thirty years building in Southwest Florida, formed a group of highly qualified experts to design and build this lovely makeover. “We brought in the most creative professionals in their respective fields to work together as a

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Empire State Realty Trust Becomes Nation’s Largest 100{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} User of Green Power in Real Estate

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NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) today added to its industry leadership in sustainability with the purchase of renewable wind electricity for its entire commercial portfolio. A new three-year contract with Green Mountain Energy makes ESRT the nation’s largest 100{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} user of green power in real estate (source).

“ESRT is the leader in sustainable operations with a viable example of how to scale carbon neutral technologies, strategies and policies to balance with an effective economic business case,” said Dana Robbins Schneider, SVP, director of energy, sustainability & ESG at Empire State Realty Trust. “We have purchased renewable power from Green Mountain Energy for the World’s Most Famous Building, the Empire State Building, for a decade. We now expand that to all properties in New York State with an additional Direct Energy contract for our Connecticut properties. We continue to advance our commitment to solutions that reduce our environmental impact. Our tenants now work in carbon neutral offices and the investment community can recognize our leadership.”

100{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of ESRT’s

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Virtually gardening: Green thumbs pivot their community online

As Jennifer Carlson logged into her computer on a sunny morning in January, she was itching to do some gardening — or at the least, learn about gardening and commune with like-minded folks. But, like so many events from pre-COVID times, such in-person lectures and meetings were out of reach.

Carlson, 47, a professional assistant in the biology department at Suffolk County Community College, remembered the palpable energy at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s annual Spring Gardening School, long held at Riverhead Middle School. She attended twice, and as a master gardener, volunteered to chair the raffle committee. “There are so many people that are passionate about gardening on Long Island and have so many areas of expertise,” she said. “It was exciting to spend time with them.”

At the in-person events, Carlson perused educational exhibits and plant clinics, browsed the plant sale and ate a boxed lunch in the school’s cafeteria while enjoying camaraderie with friends, new and old. “A big highlight was the Koppert Cress demonstration,” she said, recalling the tasting table set up by the Dutch-inspired grower of naturally aromatic microgreens with greenhouses in Riverhead and Cutchogue. “They had one that made you salivate,

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These Sage Green Home Decor Ideas From TikTok Will Make Your Space Matcha Cooler

Nothing will make your space look matcha cooler than adding a color like sage to your home decor. This shade of green, which resembles a refreshing iced matcha on a summer day, is spilling into every corner of TikTok, and rightfully so. The color is soft, welcoming, and earthy, making it a perfectly fresh look for your living area. These sage green home decor ideas from TikTok will not only introduce you to the color, but can inspire an entire mood board for your next aesthetically pleasing DIY project.

TikTokers are updating everything with sage green, including the spaces where they cook meals, take naps, and attend Zoom meetings. Not only are they adding color to the walls themselves, but they’re also accessorizing with retro-looking desk items and DIY coasters. It’s such an easy color to work with. In fact, you won’t have to give up any of the decorative pieces you already have and love if you don’t want to. This trendy color can easily complement your Bohemian-style mirror, colorful comforter, or collection of plants.

So, get ready to refresh your living space and jump on the #sagegreen trend ASAP. You can get started by checking out these sage

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Green Homes Grant – Which?

What is the Green Homes Grant?

It’s a government grant for homeowners in England to help pay for certain energy-efficient home improvements.

More than 600,000 homes are expected to benefit from the grant, which will pay at least two thirds of the cost of some energy-saving renovations. The maximum amount available is £5,000, or £10,000 if you get certain benefits.

The scheme is open until March 2022. The government department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has said that the energy efficient home improvements will help households save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

If you’re struggling to pay your gas and electricity bills, help is available. Find out about other home grants, including Cold Weather Payments and the Warm Home Discount.

Also take a look at our tips to save money on your energy bills.

What does the Green Homes Grant cover?

You must install either insulation or low-carbon heating to qualify for the vouchers. These are called ‘primary’ measures under the scheme and include:

You can apply for top-up insulation if you don’t already have the maximum recommended amount. But the vouchers can’t be used to replace existing insulation or low-carbon heating.

To have

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Green home improvement lender Renovate America files for bankruptcy

San Diego-based Renovate America, which provided financing for solar and other energy saving home improvements, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and plans to sell off assets to help repay creditors.

The once high-flying company said it was derailed in part by legislation that tightened underwriting requirements for Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, financing for green home upgrades.

It also has been the target of 56 lawsuits, including three proposed class actions, according to bankruptcy filings. It spent $15 million in the past two years in litigation expenses.

And Renovate America experienced further financial declines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a 47 percent drop this year in loan originations in its PACE division.

Founded in 2009, Renovate America became the largest originator of PACE financing in California. By 2016, it had captured about 60 percent of the $1.5 billion market. It employed nearly 650 workers at its peak.

Nationwide, Renovate America financed 38,000 home upgrades in three states that adopted PACE programs, which aimed to reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The company originated $944 million in PACE financing in 2016 alone, marketing the program under the HERO brand name.

California enabled

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Urban Roots and MAP Growing Green

This past week, Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market held its first 2021 Spring Gardening Seminar – raising backyard chickens. These seminars, usually hosted live, are now being held virtually, of course. With that in mind, there’s an incredibly wide array of gardening topics to explore, from herbal medicinals to organic disease and pest management. There are even a couple of in-person classes (held outside in the spring) that sound like a lot of fun, including urban foraging.

Registration is now open for all of the free seminars, which are being sponsored by MAP Growing Green, Grassroots Gardens of WNY, and Urban Roots. Everyone is invited to tune in, no matter their gardening abilities.

Space is limited and registration is required.

For those that missed out on the virtual chicken raising seminar, be sure to check out this BRTV episode that shows just how fun it can be, not to mention productive… and rewarding for those who enjoy an occasional fresh omelet. And be sure to check in with Urban Roots on occasion, to keep up to date with all of their seminars, so that you don’t miss out on any of their informative gardening and backyard adventures.

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