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A Big-Hearted Man and His Calling to Build Tiny Houses for Oakland's Homeless

NationSwell | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Kloehn has built 35 miniature homes for the homeless in Oakland and San Francisco. All construction materials (except for the wheels and a few other odds and ends), are sourced from garbage. He also runs workshops and gives lectures, teaching other artists and handypeople the tricks of the trade.

Energy Efficiency in Bloom

Cliff Majersik | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Cliff Majersik

Building energy use policies begin to address this critical knowledge gap. Atlanta's new ordinance, for example, combines several powerful tools that together can provide unparalleled insight into these valuable assets.

Can Architecture Come Alive?

Lance Hosey | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

The concept of a "living" building is far from new. What's possibly different, however, is that in the past architects used nature as a model for form, whereas now they speak of it as a model for function.

Flushing vs. Composting in Drought Stricken California Valley

Angie Cordeiro | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Angie Cordeiro

California has antiquated composting toilet regulations that need to be modified to address the current 20+ year catastrophic drought that we are facing.

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.08.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

Recently, my team and I surveyed hundreds of architects and designers to understand the obstacles to going green. What emerged were six misperceptions about sustainable design.

Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

The U.S. Green Building Council recently concluded the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which took place Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans. Th...

Hope for Full-Spectrum Sustainability: An Interview With David W. Orr

Omega Institute | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Omega Institute

As David W. Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project, tells it, we have entered what is called the Anthropocene, an age when the actions of 7 ...

An Investment Perspective on Green Building Market Transformation

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

This week the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) - the independent certification organization for LEED, WELL, PEER and other sustainability...

Dumpster Diving to Save the Chesapeake Bay

Christy Everett | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Christy Everett

Twenty-first century buildings should use as much salvaged materials as possible in order to reduce waste and pollution and ensure that we can pass along a healthy planet to our children and grandchildren.

Grand Central Terminal Award Highlights Big Opportunity to Upgrade Historic Landmarks

Maya Albanese | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Maya Albanese

The new bulbs in Grand Central will save the MTA $100,000 each year. According to the MTA, the project cost $23.4 million, which was initially paid for by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

Buildings Hold the Key to New York's Climate Goals

Cliff Majersik | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Cliff Majersik

Mayor Bill de Blasio's commitment to reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 -- the level the United Nations projects is needed to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change -- further carves out New York City as a leader in climate action.

Healthy Buildings: The Next Chapter in Green Building

Jane Henley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Jane Henley

Take daylight, for example. While the stereotype of the coveted 'corner office' may be outdated, research finds that workers with access to natural light and views are more productive than their colleagues who are squeezed into dark, dim cubicles.

Forging A Climate Agreement May Have Just Gotten Easier

Michael Northrop | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Michael Northrop

There is dramatic urgency and time is short. We know that world leaders are going to have to throw everything they can at this problem to successfully combat catastrophic global warming and climate change.

Jonathan Feldman

9 Gorgeous Houses That Prove Your Dream Home Is Also A Green Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Feldman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green

What is sustainability, and what would it look like in your own home? There are a lot of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, like going...

As Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Squarely Focused On States and Cities

Clint Wilder | Posted 09.17.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

The recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index from Clean Edge, the research and advisory firm where I am senior editor, finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others.

Ten Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Green buildings are mainstream now, and green infrastructure is advancing. Indeed, some progressive institutions believe it is time to begin installing "net-positive" buildings that produce more sustainable energy and water than they consume, and that generate no net waste.

Detroit Offers Builders, Developers and Dreamers a Unique Opportunity

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.09.2014 | Detroit
Rick Fedrizzi

It is in many ways an urban planner's utopia: a city craving retribution and redefinition, and one armed with thousands of hungry, skilled workers, available space and as many natural resources as any city in the country.

Making Things Right Is in Tom Darden's Blood

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Rick Fedrizzi

What can I say? Watching Tom Darden work in his adoptive hometown of New Orleans seems to be like watching a man who is to his field what Paul McCartney is to music. In other words, when it comes to sustainable building, the man is a natural.

President Obama Doubles Down on Better Buildings

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

It's a tried-and-true solution for efficiency in the federal government, and something former President Clinton has long called the closest thing we have to a "free lunch."

Better Neighbors Wanted

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Every once in a while, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. It's pretty exciting when big, really high profile projects decide to use LEE...

Great Gatsby Era Building in San Francisco Goes Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Built in the "Great Gatsby era," this remarkable Art Deco building was the tallest tower in San Francisco for almost 40 years. Today, 140 New Montgomery may be only 33rd in height, but it's still the talk of the town, from NPR's KQED Radio in San Francisco to The Atlantic in D.C.

A Tree Grows in Helsinki

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

What's more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. I know. I'm one such guy.

6 Ways Chicagoland is Greener and Cleaner Than You Think (Part I)

Amanda Hanley | Posted 06.22.2014 | Chicago
Amanda Hanley

In 2010, Chicago was ranked the third-largest center for clean economy jobs in the nation.

Earth Day 2014

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that "saving the planet" is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on the central idea it represents even for a few minutes, it's worth it, right?

Kate Sheppard

The House Is Actually Set To Pass A Bipartisan Energy Bill This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives is expected to approve an energy efficiency bill on Tuesday, a rare bipartisan breakthrough on energy polic...