Green Living

At Green Lion Realty, we are dedicated to Green Living!  There has never been a better time to learn about the steps you can take on these important issues; not only on a global scale, but also closer to home in Sarasota and Bradenton. By making simple changes it possible to positively affect our environment and make an important contribution.

In recognition of the importance of protecting our environment and local communities, we are happy to be able to provide you with ideas and tips for ways you can make your home more energy efficient and greener.

  • Replace toxic cleaners with organic all-natural cleaners
  • Use reusable totes to reduce paper and plastic waste
  • Request e-statements for your bills to save paper
  • Invest in an energy audit for your home to learn how you can make it more efficient
  • Set up a mini-recycle center in your home

LEED Green Building

The United States as well as many other countries has come to recognize LEED certification as the standard method for measuring sustainability in building. The best way to demonstrate that your home or building is really ‘green’ is through achieving LEED certification. The LEED green building rating system promotes design and construction practices that not only increase profitability but also reduce negative environmental impacts.

The Benefits of LEED Certification

LEED certification offers compelling proof to prospective buyers as well as the public in general that you have achieved significant environmental goals. Attaining certification also makes it possible for you to benefit from an increasing number of state and federal incentives. Four certification levels are offered for new construction. They are Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level is based on the number of credits that are accrued in five different green categories; energy and atmosphere, water efficiency, sustainable sites, indoor environmental quality and materials and resources. In addition, LEED certification can also cover major renovation projects.

The local Bradenton and Sarasota are is quickly going green! Read on for events and resources associated with green living in the local area:

Green Events

The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) has announced a confirmed stop in the 2011 Renewable Energy Tour at The state College of Florida-Lakewood Ranch campus on Friday, February 18th. The tour will include visits to several renewable energy installations, culminating in a town hall style event that night to be held at the Center for Innovation and Technology at the State College of Florida Lakewood Ranch Campus. You can register for the tour here.

Green Resources

Eco Florida

Florida Eco Trips

Florida Friendly Landscaping-Learn about exciting eco and Florida friendly landscaping tips for your yard!

Florida Green Building-The Florida Green Building Coalition is a non-profit Florida company committed to improving the environment by providing a statewide green building program.

Florida Living Green Blog

Florida Solar Energy Center

Go Green-Florida International University

Local Farmer’s Markets

The local Sarasota and Bradenton area is home to a number of farmer’s markets and other resources that can help you to live a greener and more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Purchasing local foods is a simple way to make a positive environmental contribution. Foods that are locally grown provides the opportunity to place more money back into the local economy while also saving a tremendous amount of fuel because the food does not have to be trucked in from other locations.

The Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market is held in the downtown Sarasota area every Saturday from 7:00 AM to 12 Noon. You will find a wide array of produce here ranging from exotic flowers to oranges.

The Siesta Key Farmer’s Market also offers a delicious variety of local, organic produce. In addition, you can take advantage of a Taste Of The Village as area restaurants feature farm fresh items on their expansive menus. To learn more, visit www.siestafarmersmarket.com.