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Are You Interviewing Your Building?

John Mandyck | Posted 02.08.2017 | Green
John Mandyck

The last time you applied for a job, did you ask about the ventilation, lighting and thermal comfort of the office environment? Probably not, but here...

Greening Aviation from the Ground Up

John Mandyck | Posted 01.04.2017 | Green
John Mandyck

With the busy holiday travel season, my thoughts turned to the large numbers of people who took to the skies to visit friends and family these past we...

The Value Trifecta Driving Green Buildings

John Mandyck | Posted 12.13.2016 | Green
John Mandyck

I recently helped host 300 green buildings leaders in London and Dubai. These are quite different environments but the discussions were remarkably sim...

A Zero Carbon Building Sector by 2050

Michael Northrop | Posted 11.07.2016 | Green
Michael Northrop

Buildings - the places we live, work, play and learn - currently account for about one third of global energy consumption. As population and urbanizat...

The Case for Healthy Offices

Despina Katsikakis | Posted 10.27.2016 | Business
Despina Katsikakis

Medibank, Melbourne by Hassell Studio The evidence is growing daily that organizations of all sizes stand to benefit by creating buildings which impr...

How to Unlock the Trillion Dollar Opportunity?

Niels B. Christiansen | Posted 10.10.2016 | Green
Niels B. Christiansen

Energy efficiency - the trillion dollar opportunity. How can we unlock this potential? How can we accelerate it? Certainly, we have come a long way in...

A Perfect Union: Green Building And Los Angeles

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 10.06.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Los Angeles is big. Really big. Four million residents, 503 square miles, and the third-largest metropolitan GDP on the planet. Within the city limits...

A Study in Project-Based Learning

Jonathan Lash | Posted 09.09.2016 | Education
Jonathan Lash

Most students learn best through hands-on projects and experiences, guided by teachers - learning by doing. It works. An example is the group of stu...

My America is Already Great

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.02.2016 | Business
Rick Fedrizzi

This controversy that's been injected into the country's discourse about "Making America Great Again" drives me nuts. Does that mean that America is...

A Darker Shade Of Green

Lance Hosey | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Lance Hosey

The clash of personal ego and public interest holds us all back. Advocates for change in the design industry can go only so far without also changing how designers behave.

Building Your Own Home From Open Source Blocks

Joshua Pearce | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Joshua Pearce

What if your next house were to cost 1/10th of the average home while sporting a long list of high-tech hyper-ecological features? With the help of th...

How China Can Peak Emissions Through Low-Carbon Buildings

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 06.20.2016 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Speakers at Low Carbon Buildings: Innovative Strategies, Policies and Incentives Session On June 7-8, NRDC hosted a session on low-carbon buildings d...

Reinventing Green Building

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.16.2016 | Green
Lance Hosey

"The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in Reinventing Green Building, to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers.

'Green News Report' - April 28, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 'Presumptive' GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump goes nuclear over cli...

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.23.2017 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight.

Even Basketball Teams Can Score Points Against Climate Change

Vivek Ranadivé | Posted 03.08.2017 | Business
Vivek Ranadivé

Past precedent would say that building basketball's newest technological epicenter would be costly to the environment, because buildings of this size require massive amounts of energy to build and run. But our fans had a different idea.

Great Ideas Are Our Best Currency

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.14.2017 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

I wrote a note to myself recently to the effect that there are "few things more sustainable than a great idea." Think about it. A great idea can become a life force of its own. It can stimulate. It can inspire and motivate.

The Most Energy-Efficient Skyscraper Ever?

XPRIZE | Posted 01.14.2017 | Green

New York City scored a major coup when it successfully lured Cornell University to build a campus for Cornell Tech, its applied sciences program, on Roosevelt Island, smack in the middle of the East River.

When Buildings Design Themselves

Lance Hosey | Posted 12.21.2016 | Green
Lance Hosey

Automation could revolutionize architecture--by eliminating architects. Source: Seven years ago, in my then-column for Architect magaz...

Sustainable Cities And Buildings At COP21: Delivering Our Future Today

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 12.03.2016 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

How we plan and design our future cities can have major impacts. This is an important reason why the GEF recently launched a $1.5 billion sustainable cities project to support city planning, initially in 23 cities in 11 developing countries.

Toward a Science of Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 11.23.2016 | Arts
Lance Hosey

Don't mistake my rejection of art as a rejection of aesthetics. In fact, I wrote my book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (2012), to illustrate how beauty, or sensory pleasure, is essential to the built environment.

A Force of Nature

Lance Hosey | Posted 11.16.2016 | Green
Lance Hosey

In Washington, DC, this week at Greenbuild, the US Green Building Council's annual conference, Gail Vittori will receive the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, the most prestigious annual award for sustainability in the built environment. She is the first woman to win.

A Building Worth Its Salt?

Lance Hosey | Posted 09.21.2016 | Green
Lance Hosey

A veritable monument to sodium, the Spring Street Shed--and therefore road salt--could be around for a very long time.

The River Rose All Day... and Yet We Prevailed

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.27.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Ten years ago, all we could do was blindly believe in our best selves. Ten years into a recovery that will likely take several generations, it's clear New Orleans didn't wash away after all.

Do Startups and Incumbents Differ on Reasons for Entering Into Green Industries?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 08.12.2016 | Green
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Jeffrey York and Michael Lenox Scholars and policy makers have long posited that new industries that produce environmentally beneficial products a...