A recent study says that smart surface technologies could save Washington, D.C. $5 billion over 40 years. The report, Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C., authored by Capital E, documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that smart surface technologies could provide. “How cities manage the sunlight and rain that falls on them […]
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Artificial turf isn’t just for mini golf and football stadiums anymore! It has become the go-to product for homeowners suffering through drought or trying to reduce their water consumption. Tanner Shepard, owner of LawnPop, an Austin, TX turf installation company, says that their brand has been growing at a rapid pace. “Synthetic grass was a […]
Thanks for stopping by Part III of this interview series conducted with John Perlin, author of “A Forest Journey: the Story of Wood and Civilization.” I believe this is an important book to read in understanding the history of deforestation and knowing the significant role forests have played in the survival of both our civilization […]
Ever dreamed of being a part of the landed gentry? Here’s your chance. For less that $50 you can purchase a small plot of land in Scotland, which entitles you to use the title of Laird (landowner), Lord, or Lady! The good thing is, the land is preserved in its natural state and you can […]
If you are still working on getting your yard in shape, here are some techniques for water conscious landscaping. Xeriscaping is the art/science of landscaping with reduced need for irrigation. It offers several benefits, besides just saving water. It requires less maintenance, reduces the need for chemicals and fertilizers, increases property value, reduces air pollution, […]
As a society, we forget that when small communities come together, establish a way of life that is beneficial for living and surviving, the world becomes a much more inviting place. If life’s necessities are accessible then life becomes more enjoyable. There are millions of charities in the world today and Americans are continuously willing […]
It is crucial that we implement more recycling and reuse programs into our everyday practice because if everyone on the earth consumed resources at the rate that Americans do, we would currently need five earths to keep up and this ratio will continue to grow as the population continues to grow. But we have the abilities and the technologies, already in existence to change this. We need to implement into our everyday lives zero waste system practices.
Pennsylvania American Water is the largest water utility in the state of Pennsylvania which provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. They recently, on September 6, 2012, announced their newest social media campaign. This campaign invites consumers to post pictures of themselves using reusable water bottles
A simple lighting renovation solution with a beneficial sustainable improvement to a remarkable building with a solid presence in America’s history. The Rose Building with the current ownership of Medical Mutual of Ohio is a great example of systems that have worked and new systems that can work combined to create a lasting architectural landmark.
Products, like rubber, that are most used aren’t always sustainable but options need to be considered and utilized to make sure they are kept out of landfills and made to be cradle-to-cradle recycled options.
New research is being conducted on more energy sustainable residential combined heat and power systems (resCHP). The research is being conducted by Pike Research which joined Navigant’s global Energy Practices on July 1, 2012 which provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The systems are small generation systems that produce electricity for residences while also capturing heat that would normally go to waste.
Like most architectural and interior design projects their works are better expressed in photographs than in words. Two examples, both of interior design projects of small scale developments, are of an apartment in Hong Kong, China and one in Warsaw, Poland. Designed by OneByNine.
The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Gateway launched its “Calling All Conservationists” campaign today. “Calling All Conservationists” invites conservation practitioners, scientists and decision makers to join the Conservation Gateway website. The website is the place to learn how the Nature Conservancy and its partners approach pressing conservation issues, and find the tools and resources used to support established and emerging strategies to today’s environmental challenges.
An eye-opening documentary entitled “Home” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand was released in 2009. This 2 hour video, which can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube, emphasizes that if we, humanity, continue to live the way we have for the past 60 years, using finite resources at an astonishing rate, we will destroy the only “Home” that we have.
The tower at Rush University Medical Center opened in January 2012 designed by Perkins + Will. It is the largest new construction health care facility in the world to receive LEED gold certification. Its shape takes form from a butterfly but it received high sustainable remarks in tons of other areas as well including green design, construction and operation.