This portion of is designed as a resource for those who want green and sustainable real estate information. It seems like everywhere you look, people are talking about going green. The real estate industry is no exception.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the nation’s total energy use, 12 percent of water use, 68 percent of electricity consumption and 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. From state and local governments to schools and green organizations, there is a focus on finding ways to cut energy costs in homes, emphasizing eco-friendly designs and creating monetary savings.

Understanding the terminology, principles, and benefits of green homes will not only benefit your clients, but can help you build a niche market. Whether you want to help your client understand the benefits of going green or you just want to know what a carbon footprint is, this page is your complete guide to green real estate information.

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Find out more about the all-new Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI)

The all-new GRI designation is the foundation for your success. It's designed to: increase your productivity; reduce your risk; maximize your resources; and provide solutions to your toughest challenges. Find out more and get started taking classes by visiting the GRI designation page of To apply for your GRI designation once you've satisfied all requirements, contact NYSAR directly at 800-239-4432. Please note that a $25 application fee applies. Need financial assistance? Click here for information on REALTOR scholarships.