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Designed for the Future: City Repair Project – Portland, Oregon

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting […]

January 13th

Ocean Wave Energy Provides Continuous Renewable Power

Last week the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that it will consider issuing a research lease for Oregon State University to study ocean wave energy off the Oregon coast.  The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center is seeking approval to build a test site about 5 miles off the Newport coast to study utility-scale […]

June 23rd

Kilowatt Crackdown Winners Demonstrate Energy Efficiency

64 local commercial building teams successfully embrace energy efficiency efforts “As we’ve seen with this competition, reducing carbon emissions can be a great financial investment,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales The winners of the Kilowatt Crackdown 2013, a contest in Portland, Oregon to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, were announced last week.  The competition engaged 15 […]

May 19th

Oregon Future Energy Conference

In its eighth year, the Oregon Future Energy Conference is the place to be on Earth Day.  The all-day conference, presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council, offers educational and networking opportunities for those interested in the future of green energy.  Education tracks include: Policy & Regulation, The Business of Renewable Energy, The Business of Energy Efficiency, and […]

April 2nd

Why Is That 2 x 4 So-So-So Crooked?

Seasoned carpenters and lumber mill operators may not talk much about the warped wood they have to build into straight walls, roof systems, and stairways, but they remember the days when the wood they cut was figuratively straight as an arrow and any deviations got summarily tossed into the scrap pile without second thought.

April 18th

Top Five Greenest Cities

This is a collaborative list of the top five greenest cities in the world.

My criteria was that these cities had to make multiple other top lists as being sustainable practiced cities, use unique and innovative green technologies and remain breathtakingly beautiful for the people who live there and for those just passing through.

January 27th

DC Tops LEED States

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the top ten states in terms of LEED certified building square capita for 2010 last week. Washington D.C. tops the list and Nevada comes in second.

March 8th

Orgeon College Goes Solar

The Clatsop Community College is going green with new solar panels installed on the college's rooftop. The roof of Towler Hall building is now equipped with enough solar panels to keep the entire building going on pure sunshine.

February 15th

Small Wind Can Be Expensive

Small wind turbines can be expensive, but the cost to permit and install them can be up to three times as much as the system. Outdated code requirements are often to blame. The industry is pushing for reform to bring costs down.

October 14th