All posts from Kristin Dispenza

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Cities Need to Offer Incentives for Building Green Roofs

The Top Ten Cities for Green Roof Installations In April, the not-for-profit industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities released its 2007 lists of the Top Ten Cities for Green Roof Installations. The Top Ten cities in the U.S. are as follows: Chicago IL Wilmington DE Baltimore MD Brooklyn NY Virginia Beach VA Royersford PA […]

June 17th

Green Homes Made Affordable

“When will I find a green home in my price range?” It’s a question often heard from sustainability devotees who have been keeping an eye on the growth of the green housing market, yet still find themselves priced out due to the amount of up-front investment that is required when building green.   LEED ND Addresses […]

June 10th

The Casey: A High-Rise Condominium Earns LEED-Platinum

In addition to being the first high-rise condominium in the country to achieve a LEED-Platinum rating, The Casey represents a partnership between the building’s developers, designers, and the local arts community. In 2000, Gerding Edlen Development selected GBD Architects to renovate 5 blocks of historic brewery buildings located in a former industrial area of Portland, […]

May 20th

Certified Green Broker: Helping Buyers Find Green Buildings

Many of my recent posts have touched upon the theme that the building industry cannot accomplish major advances in sustainability by itself; first its market must change. But there is ample evidence that consumers are now driving a change in the market. The USGBC website has printed a report by CoStar Group which has found […]

May 13th

Can Sprawl be Green?

In my post of May 6th, “Traditional Neighborhood Development and LEED Go Hand in Hand,” I made the point that smart growth and new urbanism are helping give a ‘boost’ to green building practices. While conducting research for that article, however, I did find several assertions to the contrary.  So, for the sake of playing […]

Traditional Neighborhood Development and LEED Go Hand in Hand

In the 1980’s, New Urbanism catapulted into the national consciousness. Today, a site called The Town Paper lists hundreds of Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Neighborhoods from all over the world. And this surge of interest in mixed use planning may be helping pull environmental building practices into the spotlight.

Elements of Building: Water

In the United States, 340 billion gallons of fresh water — or 1/4 of the nation’s total supply — are pulled from rivers and reservoirs every day. (See Our taps, plumbing fixtures, and irrigation systems all draw from the same sources of clean, potable water. After being used, most of the water ends up […]

April 22nd

“What Makes it Green?” 2008 Winners

Last week, at the Regeneration ’08 conference in Seattle, winners of the 2008 “What Makes It Green?” competition were announced. Partnering with regional chapters of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment took the […]

April 15th

An Interview with Linda O’Keeffe, the Director of Design and Architecture at Metropolitan Home

On March 18th, I posted the article, “Metropolitan Home Goes Green,” discussing the magazine’s feature story on a Seattle penthouse.  Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Linda O’Keeffe, the Director of Design and Architecture at Metropolitan Home. Since Ms. O’Keeffe sees design trends as they happen, I asked her a few questions regarding what kind […]

April 10th

Vertical Cities

The urban environment depicted in the cult classic film Blade Runner (intended to represent Los Angeles in the year 2019) has received its share of scholarly attention… and no wonder. Scenes in which flying cars zip through a maze of city “streets,” riding thousands of feet above ground level, are among the movie’s most captivating. […]

April 8th