New poll from US Green Building Council shows that more than 90 percent of Americans agree that greater investments should be put toward upgrading US public school buildings with green features In a poll released at last year’s Greenbuild, respondents listed improved energy efficiency and an improved learning environment as the top reasons for schools […]
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Sixteen collegiate teams from over 27 different schools will soon be vying for the ultimate in home energy efficiency. The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon – America’s premier collegiate competition that challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy efficient, solar-powered houses – will open October 8, 2015 in […]
Have you ever wondered if becoming a LEED Accredited Professional, or Green Associate, was really worth the effort? “Will it help me get a job?,” you wonder. According to a press release from the US Green Building Council, the demand for LEED accredited applicants in the North American job market has actually increased – by […]
Dr. Michael Braungart, scientific director and founder of the Environmental Protection & Encouragement Agency (EPEA) and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) design framework, spoke recently at a seminar during the NeoCon Design Expo and Conference in Chicago. The conference, which was attended by several leading architecture and design professionals, provided a platform for Dr. Braungart to explain the […]
Going through architectural and design school, you are told repeatedly to pick a concept and follow it through. This concept can be a specific design element such as a circle, a play in textures or a fictitious illusion such as dreaming. The architectural team for the redevelopment of the Young Harris College (YHC) found a […]
Life cycle assessment (LCA) looks at the environmental impacts of a building material over the entire life of the material, from extraction to disposal. LCA attempts to quantify these impacts for the purpose of comparing materials or buildings. What is measured? LCA is a scientific study of the environmental inputs and outputs to a building […]
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 […]
The following is a short photo summary of a new trendy way to be green in tight urban situations. It is growing gardens in a new direction, literally, vertical. These vertical gardens can be very formally designed, all green plants or beautiful colored flowered plants, or they can be simply staged and just as amazing. […]
Many under developed countries greatly need the sustainable technologies that have begun to be implemented into first world countries. Monarch Power is making large strides in helping this happen. They will deliver solar technology to a Maasai Tribe in Tanzania, Africa which will provide renewable energy and life sustaining applications. The technology is being given to Tanzania by Monarch’s charity MPower Foundation.
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.
New studies were conducted by Angela Sanseverino who studied a combination of two biomarkers which now shows that methane is a crucial part of life systems found in lakes and which can be returned to the food chain.
LEED certification is a guiding accredited program that encourages buildings to be more environmentally friendly, through design, materials and future energy consumptions. Right now it is a driving force for the way many buildings are being designed and even the way that they are constructed including the recycling practices that happen while being built and […]
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.
As products are developed to be internationally used, it is important that they can be made from local products, wherever they are needed, affordable in those locations, and sustainable in all aspects. Many of these products take years to develop but are a necessity for the future of underdeveloped and overdeveloped areas. One such product, […]
The Hershey Company is a solid example of what businesses, whether old or new, can do to help the environment and the local and global communities in which it operates. Strong partnerships are necessary in global development and with the backing of AMCO and Ecom there is no stopping this company’s sustainable success in Mexico.