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Published on February 16th, 2009 | by Alex Felsinger

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The 10 Dumbest Green Buildings on Earth


While any structure built in a way that lessens its footprint is welcomed, some of the buildings that people try to turn green simply make no sense.

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LEED certification, in all its greatness, does not take the building’s intended purpose into account; this leaves us with some hilarious, unabashedly self-contradicting buildings. Here are the ten of the most laughable green buildings:

1. BP’s Helios House Gas Station – Los Angeles, Cal.

Yes, there is an LEED-certified gas station. It’s actually a nice building, complete with rainwater collection, solar panels, recycled building materials, and LED lighting. However, don’t think you’ll be able to refuel with biodiesel or charge up your electric car—they’re only in the petroleum-dealing business. How green of them, right?

2. Justin Timberlake’s Golf Course/Lodge – Woodstock, Tenn.

So Justin Timberlake decided that he wants to buy a golf course and fix it up with an LEED-certified lodge. While it’s an improvement compared to most other golf courses, the fact remains that maintaining a golf course takes chemicals and lots of water. In the United States alone, golf courses total more than 1.7 million acres and consume around 4 billion gallons of water every day. How does a green lodge counteract the water used to maintain the course? Justin, if you really want to be green, you should have turned it into a wildlife sanctuary instead.

3. Nestle Pure Life Water Bottling Plant – Boiling Springs, Tenn.

While this isn’t the only LEED-certified water bottling plant, it’s listed for having the most greenwashed name. Ozarka, Arrowhead, Ice Mountain, and Deer Park water bottling plants also have LEED certifications of some sort, but they couldn’t compete with Pure Life in the name department. If anyone needs a reminder of why bottling water is a bad idea, here are five reasons to ditch the bottle. Oh, and Nestle as a whole won’t be getting an award for their treatment of the planet and its people any time soon.

4. Logan Airport Terminal A – Boston, Mass.

Activists in England have put their freedom on the line protesting against a third runway at the enormous Heathrow Airport; do you think they’d be more satisfied with the runway if the airport terminal was LEED certified, with solar panels and the whole bit? You’d be right to assume they wouldn’t, because whether they take off from a green building or not, airplanes are still one of the top causes of global warming.

5. Toyota Car Dealership – Rockwall, Tex.

While Toyota is almost synonymous with green when it comes to cars, in reality they’re not much better than any other car company. They have a full line of vehicles, including four-wheel-drive SUV’s, some of which are 8-cylinder. In fact, their entire fleet’s average gas mileage is worse than Chevrolet’s. Perhaps they should clean up their cars before trying to green their dealerships?

6. Antilia Tower – Mumbai, India

While this probably will not be LEED certified, it has been often mentioned as being one of the greenest building concepts on the planet. While it does look beautiful and will act as a giant carbon sink in the middle of the city, there’s a major problem: it will be the home of one family. No matter how green this building is, that is a complete waste of space in a city known for its overcrowding.

7. Civic Center Parking Garage – Santa Monica, Cal.

The only green parking garage I want to see would be located at a train or bus station for people to drop off their cars to finish their commute on mass transit. To quote every politician involved in the 2008 campaign, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

8. Vacation Home Development – Las Vegas, Nev.

You only need one house, people! Granted that seven of these eight homes are 1/12 shares, these homes are being built in a desert (Las Vegas) and if anyone needs a water-capture system, it’s people who live there year-around. Simply due to their excess, vacation homes may be the least environmentally-friendly structures on earth.

9. Spaceport America -  New Mexico

Another case of the rich attempting to make the rest of us think they’re doing the world a favor. Recreational space travel, at least with the current technology, is a huge and unnecessary carbon polluter. But hey, the spaceport will be LEED certified, so everything’s going to be fine, right?

10. Every Fancy New Building – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I know, I know — I cheated on this one. I couldn’t pick just one since they’re all ridiculous for the same reason. The government is intent on making Dubai one of the biggest, most gaudy places on earth. Perhaps to compensate for unending excess, they’ve mandated that all new buildings must have specific eco-minded properties, but when you take all of it in at once, you know it’s nothing but a giant waste of resources.

Image Credits: (All Flickr under CC License) Top from J. Phil on Flickr. 1. danperry.com on Flickr 2. BP 3. Macon County, TN 4. MileageNYC on Flickr 5. Dushaun on Flickr 6. Concept illustration 7. City of Santa Monica 8. Emre Ersahin 9. Spaceport America 10. utpal. on Flickr

Important numbers to save on your cellphone

Mint January 20, 2012 India, Jan. 20 — Picture this: you are away on a business trip in a different city, when you realize that your pocket has been picked. While you were smart enough not to keep all your money in the wallet, you had your credit and debit cards in the wallet. Now you need to block your cards as soon as possible, but there’s a problem. You neither have your bank’s customer service number stored in your mobile phone, nor do you remember your credit/debit cards’ numbers. By the time you call home and get all these numbers in place and report the theft to the bank, your cards have been swiped clean by the fraudster.

While there is not much that you could have done about the theft, you probably could have avoided the theft from your cards by informing the bank well in time. And for that, you would have needed the numbers handy. One of the easiest and quickest ways to access such important numbers is to store them in your mobile phone.

But when doing this, make sure your phone has adequate security measures. For all you know, the phone may be picked instead of the wallet.

What can you store?

“Storing your credit card numbers and the respective banks’ contact numbers is a good practice. In fact, one should also store their bank savings account numbers and the banks’ customer service number on the phone,” says Ranjit Dani, a Nagpur-based financial planner. Of course, its common sense to store only 16-digit card numbers and not the CVV and expiry date of the cards.

There are other important numbers you could save on your phone for quick access. Permanent Account Number, or PAN, is one such number, which you need almost every time you fill a form these days. Other numbers such as your driving licence number and voter identity card number, when stored on your phone can come in handy. For instance, in an emergency, you may need to book an airline ticket for a foreign destination from your office laptop, but you can’t because you do not have your passport number handy. Obviously, you can’t carry your passport everywhere, but if the number was stored on your cellphone, your life would have become easier.

Carrying all the cards in the wallet isn’t practical either.

Dani says, “Today, we have various membership cards from retail outlets but carrying all the cards in the wallet isn’t practical. I save these card numbers in my phone and when I shop, I give the membership number to get the reward points.” You can even get a printout by just connecting the cellphone to the computer and the printer. this web site blackberry protect login

Where can you store?

You can store this data in either the phone memory or the card memory of your phone. While numbers can be stored in the notes and memo folders, you could store the scanned documents in the documents folder. Keep in mind that basic phones, unlike smartphones, may not have a facility to store documents, so don’t store important numbers as drafts in inbox folder of your basic mobile, that isn’t safe. in our site blackberry protect login

Security issues While storing important numbers and scanned documents offer a level of comfort, this comfort should not come at the expense of caution. Hence, while storing the information on the phone, you need to ensure two things.

First, the data should not fall in wrong hands in case you lose your mobile or your phone is stolen. Second, your data does not go in the hands of cyber criminals, who may have access to your mobile platform if you are connected to the Internet through your phone. In case you lose your phone or it’s stolen, you stand to lose all your financial data and also run the risk of data being misused by the person who finds your phone. Unless you have taken necessary precautionary measures, do not save numbers on your phone.

Phone locks: First, it’s important to have a SIM card lock. Second, the phone lock code should be activated; this gives access to your phone only with a permanent identification number (PIN).

Apps specific to some smartphones: Many smartphones have applications that help store important numbers and come with some in-built layers of protection. For instance, BlackBerry has an inbuilt application called the password keeper. Says Rajan Moses, product manager-India, Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry devices, “The password keeper stores sensitive information and comes with a PIN. If an incorrect PIN is used for a maximum number of 10 times, or as per the number of attempts you set, then the data is wiped off the device. This ensures that the data is safe.” Apart from that, one can also use the feature called BlackBerry Protect. “This free application allows you to take advantage of several features such as automatic back-up of your contacts, calendar entries and more. It is a great way to help ensure you do not lose important contact information,” says Moses. You can also remotely lock or wipe out data from a BlackBerry device. You could also encrypt the content of your phone as well as the memory card, to increase data safety.

Word of caution: “This is because cyber criminals currently have a window of opportunity to exploit a variety of mobile platforms, primarily because of the activities taking place on the platform. We expect cyber crime to increasingly migrate to devices, especially as more users are doing more on their devices and more vulnerable devices take off in the market,” says Vinoo Thomas, product manager, McAfee Labs, a security solutions provider.

From a platform perspective, Android is rapidly growing as a platform of choice for both vendors and customers. Hackers typically tend to target the most widely used platforms as their intent is to maximize gain. There are many malwares available on the Internet, you may download one of them by mistake. “Given that the platform is in the early stages of infancy combined with its increasing popularity, it is very likely that attacks on Android will significantly increase in the years to come,” says Thomas.

Safety tips: You can install anti-theft technology on your phone. Install apps only from trustworthy sources, activate the auto lock feature, refrain from browsing or connecting to unsecured wi-fi connections and backing up the information by storing in some other alternative as well. Make sure you buy certified apps from authentic online stores.

The way forward With cloud computing entering the country, storing your important numbers and data on your hand-held device and memory card may soon become obsolete. Says Gandhi, “There are a large number of third-party apps that one can use to protect important data on the mobile. However, with cloud-based vault, there is no need to store data on the phone at all. You can keep all your valuable information on the cloud and get a backup in case you lose your phone.” However, until then, you can carry your important numbers on your phone, but ensure that you take proper precautions.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from MINT.

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About the Author

is primarily concerned with animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice. As a freelance writer in San Francisco, he leads a deliberately simplistic and thrifty lifestyle, yet still can’t help gawking at the newest green gadgets and zero-emission concept cars.



119 Responses to The 10 Dumbest Green Buildings on Earth

  1. amanation says:

    This blog is very informative. Nice pictures! It shows 10 dumbest green building on earth which is vacation homes may be the least environmentally-friendly structures on earth.

  2. I agree with your article in general, that way too little is green about these places. It’s as though they’re doing PR instead of doing it the right way. I’m pretty fed-up with these tiny Green attempts. Sure, some can argue that it’s better than not making an attempt… but I say why do something partial when you can go all the way with it and make a serious statement and set a big example.

  3. Yeah, BP should make its stations out of dead whales,Nestle should make their factories out of dead babies and no one should have a car…
    er…progress is progress and the more green building that goes on the better. Get over it. And finally, what if the cars were green? Buy some imagination why don’t you?

  4. Teny Bannick says:

    There are lots of contradictions when you look closely at lots of “green” projects. My biggest frustration is the amount of attention paid to new construction and the little attention paid to existing buildings to upgrade them. LEED is used for that too, you know.

    Are American Golf Courses as “green” as Scottish golf courses?

  5. Greg says:

    While agree that these buildings go against preserving mother nature. At least they are doing something to lessen their impact. Green house gases are not the only reason the icecaps are melting. Mother nature is changing her mood as well.

    • Olga says:

      I would say that this is one of the 10 dumbest articles on green living I’ve ever read. The author ridicule people for trying to do their part in green living. I am glad though that almost all comments recognise that sustainability is not about having it all or nothing, but about “more” or “less”. Also sad that the author didn’t bother to actually research the subject, but thanks to a few comments from knowlegable people, I now know for example about this amazing couple who funded this Toyota dealership in Rockwall project with their own money and zero incentives from Toyota

  6. Good job with this. Any building that is not in an urban area is inherently inefficient with energy and space. The problems of transporting people across unnecessary distances for basic activities and fragmentation of natural land cannot be solved with technology.

  7. Love it! Particularly like the selection of the golf course. I tend to agree with Mark Twains description: “a good walk spoiled” . Great awards. Presume their will be no award ceremony?

  8. Matty says:

    Any new building is a drag on the environment so “green” architecture is generally green washing. I do feel that LEED and architects have co-opted the green movement. But in a time of continued economic and population growth the only hope I have is that as older buildings are retired and replaced, the new generation of buildings will all be zero net energy or low impact.

  9. Eihshan says:

    I disagree with the author.. imagine some conventional buildings of the same functions in the same site of the existing green buildings.. their carbon footprint will be higher than a green building..

  10. Archea says:

    Perhaps the author could go a bit greener himself and quit breathing. His exhaled breath is just so much CO2! I’m sorry, I set the the bar very high…if we’d all just go back to living in caves and eat berries and nuts the earth may then be OK!

  11. Joe says:

    You obviously don’t play golf.

  12. Uncle Danny says:

    Then there are the folks that will bitch if you feed them with a green spoon.

  13. BEETY says:

    lol.. dude..THEY ARE ATLEAST DOIN THEIR BIT. wat th hel u doin?!

  14. aw says:

    as an architect, I feel that your criticism is misplaced.  LEED certification is really, really expensive.  the fact that these developers decided to spend money for it is commendable in itself.  if you’d like to provide a meaningful criticism, put together a “10 least sustainable building functions” list, or “10 least sustainable recreational activities” list.  but to criticize these projects for throwing down hundreds of thousands of dollars to achieve a sustainable rating, despite their less than sustainable programs is fairly sophomoric.  criticize the market and cultural forces that created these projects, not the projects themselves.  

  15. home interior says:

    more… you say Dumbest but i think it’s great… lol…
    Home interior gallery

  16. Steeb84 says:

    ur all dumb hippies

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