Columnists: Ellen Bell

Ellen Bell, based in Chicago, is the Environmental Defense Fund’s Clean Energy Manager, Midwest. She manages the Redefining Energy Efficiency Project by working with commercial office buildings and other partners in Chicago.

Three Trends Align to Save Buildings Millions in Energy Costs

By 2050, 70 percent of the world population will live in cities, a change that will add 40 percent to the current world building stock. Because buildings can be big polluters, urbanization is also a stark reminder that economies everywhere benefit from investments in energy-efficient structures and by retrofitting inefficient, existing buildings. There’s some good news to   …Continue Reading

Green Building Boom Is Pumping Billions into US Economy, Retrofits Are Fueling the Trend

To understand what a significant economic impact green buildings have on our economy today, consider this: Over the next three years, new LEED-certified construction will contribute more than $303 billion to the United States’ economy, a recent study concluded. This year alone, the industry will generate 2.3 million jobs. By 2018, this new construction is expected to   …Continue Reading