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Will Elon Musk Really Get us Off the Grid?

Julian Popov | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Julian Popov

Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and the electric car company Tesla, among other entrepreneurial ventures, has promised to change the way our homes and energy work around the world. At least that part of the world that could pay for the Powerwall.

The Eiffel Tower Just Became A Little More Green. Here Are 8 Other Landmarks That Did It First

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 03.02.2015 | Green

Two wind turbines have been successfully installed on the Eiffel Tower to offset some of the structure's energy use, renewable energy company UGE and ...

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...

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 While the stereotype of the coveted 'corner office' may be outdated, research finds that workers with access to natural light and views are more productive than their colleagues who are squeezed into dark, dim cubicles.

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.

This Green Home Will Make IKEA-Lovers Swoon

Posted 03.18.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Matt Hickman: A modular passive house concept out of France dubbed Pop-Up House has been generating a fair amount of o...

Green Buildings Are Healthy Buildings - Let's Prove the Case

Jane Henley | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Jane Henley

Sick leave costs the economy a staggering $576 billion a year -- and that's just in the U.S. Wider mental health problems also come at a significant c...

Stop Building. Now.

Lance Hosey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

Buildings use more energy than any other single industry, accounting for half of all energy and three quarters of electricity consumed in this country.

Could This Be The Healthiest Apartment Building In The World?

Posted 09.18.2013 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Matt Hickman: Located all not that far from the biomass-tastic BIQ House, an eight-unit apartment complex billing itse...

By the Numbers: Impacting Climate Change

Neil B. Chambers | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Neil B. Chambers

Let's assume Washington isn't passing sweeping climate change legislation in the near future. What should or could we do to alter the emissions of greenhouse gases? We can make big impacts by using energy efficient technologies and buying renewable energy.

LOOK: 5 Recycled Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted 05.26.2013 | Green

From Earth911's Nate Lipka: Raising buildings out of two-by-fours and bricks is so last decade. Okay, okay, we admit that the majority of struct...

A Better Standard of Better Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 07.23.2013 | Green
Lance Hosey

Over the past decade the LEED rating system has cut annual carbon emissions by 9.4 million tons -- the equivalent of taking 1.5 million cars off the road. Such numbers show real progress. But there's one problem: Many of these buildings aren't doing as well as expected.

We're Seeing Green

Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts

In case you missed the memo, climate change is happening. Luckily those of us who wish to wise up and cut down on our energy consumption can do so in ...

A Tale of Two Cities: Energy Efficient Buildings in New York and Hong Kong

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Hong Kong has surpassed New York City in several ways, including number of high-rises, population density, and modern, highly-efficient mass transit. Yet there is one area in which Hong Kong is lagging far behind -- cutting the energy use and carbon emissions from buildings.

LOOK: The 21 Greenest Colleges

Posted 04.22.2013 | College

With a nod to Earth Day, the Princeton Review has released its guide to 322 of the greenest colleges in the United States, with help from the Center f...

Green Buildings On The Rise In Persian Gulf States

AP | MICHAEL CASEY | Posted 12.23.2012 | Green

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — With massive steel Sidra trees sprouting from the base of the building and a 9-meter (yard) high sculpture of a spider in the lob...

U.S. Green Building Council Constructs a Greener Future

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 11.14.2012 | College
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

Studies show that greener buildings mean lower operating costs, and better sales and occupancy rates. It only makes sense to do business this way.

Empire State Building Is Even More Green Than It Thought It'd Be

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2012 | New York

By Nick Zieminski NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters) - An upgrade of New York's Empire State Building has reduced the skyscraper's energy use b...

Fine Gardening Lessons for All of Us

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Gardens are far more than a backdrop. They truly are symbols of life's resilience, of hope and possibility, of well-being and connection to something larger, and infinitely more important, than our simple selves.

Top 10 Energy Star Cities

Posted 04.12.2012 | Green

This week, the EPA released its annual list of the 25 American cities with the highest number of Energy Star certified buildings. According to the...

Green Plowshares in the Pacific Northwest

William S. Becker | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

Three governors and the Premier of British Columbia announced an action plan to make the Pacific Northwest's homes more energy efficient, its vehicles less dependent on oil, and its communities less vulnerable to the threat of global climate change.

Which States 'LEED' The Way?

Posted 01.25.2012 | Green

Does your state "LEED" the way with green buildings? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, has released the...

Help This New England Church Become More Efficient

Susanna Murley | Posted 03.07.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Recently, a Planet Forward member emailed me to ask how her church should become more energy efficient, especially considering their tight budget.

PHOTOS: Amazing Sky Garden Apartments Unveiled

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From Inhabitat: If you've ever wanted to live inside of a pixelated dream world, check out Moshe Safdie's massive residential complex design for Qinh...

PHOTOS: Incredible Bamboo School Built To Resist Tropical Storms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From Inhabitat: When you think about how much sense it makes to build structures out of bamboo - especially in places where the flexible, rapidly ren...