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

Omega Institute | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 While the stereotype of the coveted 'corner office' may be outdated, research finds that workers with access to natural light and views are more productive than their colleagues who are squeezed into dark, dim cubicles.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 09.15.2014 | 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...

Lynne Peeples

Is Your Home, Office Or School Making You Sick?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

SEATTLE -- The Bullitt Center's composting toilets need less than a cup of captured rainwater to flush. Its rooftop solar panels keep the six-story of...

Green Is the New Black: Greenbuild 2014

Amanda Schneider | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Amanda Schneider

Many manufacturers are continuing to struggle with the availability of green ingredients in order to make their products both green and resilient.

This Apartment Includes Its Own Butterfly Habitat

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green

Oh, San Francisco. You've really outdone yourself this time. While the green-loving city’s notorious rental market has garnered national attenti...

8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

John Farrell | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
John Farrell

The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shows that dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Takes Up Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

The Senate is debating a bipartisan energy bill this week that if passed would become the first substantial energy legislation in six years. The En...

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...