Published on May 11th, 2009 | by Keith Rockmael


David Brower Center – Green to the bones

Even in a Greencentric city like Berkeley, locals and Bay Area visitors would be Green with envy when they see the just opened David Brower Center. It feels healthy just to walk through the Green down-to-the-bones building which combines advanced technology along with simple recycled materials.

When entering for their housewarming party we had a difficult time not noticing the soaring concrete walls which made us think more dot com than gallery. The fact that in creating a building with an oh- so-feathery carbon footprint (when compared to most structures) Principal Architect, Daniel Solomon included up to 70 percent slag in those walls.

Just like people, what Green buildings have on the inside can be the key. Anyone (or any building) can have a great exterior but look at the Brower Center’s guts and soul. We love the radiant heating and cooling that runs through the floors, as well as the water catchment system and giant cistern that significantly reduce the building’s water use. The building even employs small aspects like the zinc siding and photovoltaic panels that double as sun-shades. The zinc siding will last numerous years without being treated.

The designers and builders designed the edifice be 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional ones, which includes a day lighting program that uses high-efficiency lighting with automatic controls limit use when daylight is adequate. Normally we don’t get to excited heading to the restroom (no jokes please) but we definitely got giddy with the Icestone countertops, waterless urinals and high powered hand dryer. We’re talking ten seconds max to dry hands.

Besides the physical structure the Brower Center works on the social justice level as it houses various NGOs and ecologically minded companies such as: Center for Ecoliteracy, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Earth Island Institute. We can’t speak for all the staff and workers but having the Brower Center as your office would actually inspire someone to want to come to work.

THE DRESS.(Teen Page)

The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) April 21, 2006 Byline: ELISABETH M. HUMPHREY GENERATION NEXT, PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXI HOROWITZ Your guide to prom Big tip: Decide what image you want to project as you walk into the room Spring is here and prom night is fast approaching. The time has come again to begin the search for the perfect prom dress. For girls, prom is the one night that you get to transform yourself from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. And despite opposing views, it really is all about the dress.

The important thing is to decide the image you want to project as you walk into the room. Will all eyes be on you? What do you want everyone to think as you strut into the scene?

Prom dresses can be found in a variety of styles and colors. Whether the dress is classic, girly, boho or glam, it is important to keep in mind that this year less is more.

The big trends for 2006 are cocktail and tea-length dresses. For a whole night of getting down with your date (or maybe someone else’s), it is important to be able to move comfortably. So while a Cinderella ball gown may look breathtaking, chances are it is not so practical on the dance floor. Instead, try a calf-length dress that complements your figure and doesn’t overexpose your legs. Remember, princesses wear party dresses too.

Another part of looking royally remarkable is the color of your dress. Yes, it’s true that the little black dress never goes out of style, but it probably won’t snag you as much attention as a bright, fun-colored dress. Proms aren’t usually held in well-lit spaces, so a black dress won’t stand out as much as a gold, sequined number. Black, however, is a slimming color, so if you feel a noir look is a must, try pairing a simple black dress with bright shoes — say pink, red or turquoise. in our site easrer dresses

Whether you’re going to the prom stag or on the arm of some chiseled hunk, it is important to feel beautiful, because that’s what really counts. This means selecting the style that works with your body type.

If you’re slender, try to find a dress that complements your petite frame. A dress that shows off the arms, calves or back is the best choice. Try to avoid dresses that are too long or whose straps are too thick. this web site easrer dresses

If you have an hourglass figure, a curve-hugging halter dress is your best bet. And remember, a halter is made to show off your back, so plan on a hairstyle that doesn’t hide your shoulders. Flowing floral dresses are also popular this year and look terrific with a colorful flower behind your ear.

If you’re full-figured, look for a dress without busy patterns or high-cut slits. Try to find a dress with gathered material around the waist. It creates a slimming effect and looks great when the material is pinned to the side with a jewel piece or broach. You don’t have to be a size 2 to be beautiful. You know your best features, so play them up. You are the most important person to impress.

You should also keep in mind that a great dress doesn’t have to cost a fortune. After all, why spend $300 on a dress you probably won’t wear more than once? Normally, the more fabric, the pricier the prom dress. Don’t overdo it. You don’t need an abundance of material, especially when it can get pretty steamy on the dance floor. Hi-low hemlines are hot this season.

Also, prom is not a wedding but a time to celebrate the end of a year of high school and the coming of summer. With that in mind, try to avoid all-white dresses. Not only do they run the risk of being soiled or stained, but guys may think you are too presumptuous dressing head to toe in aisle attire.

Elisabeth M. Humphrey is a high school senior in Santa Fe.

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF PROM DRESSES DO buy a strapless dress. Don’t be afraid to show off your shoulders, as long as your cleavage is under control; you don’t want to be falling out of your dress.

DON’T buy a dress online. Go to the store and check for the right size before purchasing on the Internet.

DO look for a dress with slinky fabric.

DON’T pair navy blue with black. If your dress has two pieces, avoid wearing navy blue and black together because it looks like you accidentally mismatched.

DON’T overaccessorize. Concentrate on a main piece like a matching necklace and earrings or perhaps a tiara. If your dress has busy patterns, you don’t need a lot of accessories; They will take away the attention from your dress. Wear an understated bracelet instead.

DO buy a dress that feels a little loose around your midsection. After dinner, you will be glad you did, especially because most prom-goers dine at restaurants with heavy courses. You don’t want to feel bloated before you even get to the dance.

DO talk to your date before slamming down a payment on your dress. It is not a must to match, but make sure the color of your dress and the shade of his tux mesh well.

DO have fun. It’s prom, and after a long year of essays and equations, you deserve a chance to enjoy yourself.


1. Keep in mind that a great dress doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Why spend $300 on a dress you probably won’t wear more than once?

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