The world largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, GreenBuild 2011 started with an opening plenary at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Some of the guest speaker included, NY Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Thomas Friedman, who spoke about the necessity of green revolution. Friedman recalls the year of 1979 as the year on path of consumption and the 2008 Economic crisis as the wake-up call of the downward spiral we the world have created. Ending with a call to action, Friedman said, "The challenge we have today is that we must become the regeneration."
Greenbuild NEXT focuses on what's next and with this in mind, I went to the exhibition hall to meet with the companies to discuss what they are doing to take their company to the next level in their sustainability effort. I found most of the companies focused on waste product and how to minimize that waste stream to the best of their ability. The hypothetical question, 'How do we recycle or reuse what no longer works for us?' seems to be the question everyone is asking.
I arrived in Toronto, Canada this afternoon for Greenbuild 2011 called Greenbuild NEXT. This is the first time the biggest green building expo/conference is held outside the United States. Although the conferences has started today, I will not do a full coverage of the expo until tomorrow. As I took the public transpo to my [...]
I have developed a natural aversion to plastics over the years. They are unsightly, everlasting and a hazard to the environment and our fragile eco-system. However, their insidious existence seems unavoidable at times. No matter how much I try to minimize our family’s dependence on it, the plastics find a way back into our home.
So How do we really combat this plastic conumdrum?
The obvious choice would seem that it would have to come from the policy makers and ban them outright. However, with the plastic industry peddling the plastics the way tobacco makers did in the early 90s; the plastics are here to stay. According to Grist, the only solution to the plastic conundrum is prevention-not using them at all; however plastic industry does not look favorably upon that outcome.