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Why Historic Buildings Matter to the Environment

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

For most building types, adaptive reuse of older buildings produces measureable -- and sometimes impressive -- green benefits.

Green Building Trends For 2012

Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

From Earth Advantage Institute: Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource that has certified more than 12,000 homes, announced...

How to Send Less to a Landfill by Keeping More in Your Building

Peggy Brennan | Posted 03.11.2012 | Detroit
Peggy Brennan

In addition to the creative benefits of repurposing, consider the cost savings. Other than labor, many of the materials are free.

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.

Sports Stadiums and Arenas Announce Energy Efficiency Goals at White House

Allen Hershkowitz | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green
Allen Hershkowitz

With all professional sports leagues now working to address global climate disruption and other ecological ills, a cultural shift in our society's relationship to environmentalism is taking place.

Climate Talks Can Impact Green Building Worldwide

Roger Platt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Roger Platt

The global community has never been as transparently interdependent as it is today. I know that will be particularly clear for those of us in Durban, South Africa, for two weeks of international dialogue on a future pact to tackle global warming.

Obama To Tour Energy Efficient D.C. Office Building

AP | Posted 12.02.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will tour a downtown Washington office building Friday and announce a $4 billion effort to increase the energy ef...

Inside A Designer Off-Grid 'Micro Home' (PHOTOS)

Posted 11.29.2011 | Denver

You know what they say: "Home is where the [trailer] is." Well.. that may not be the exact phrasing, but the adage is certainly true for Glenn Grassi...

From Model Ts to Green Start-ups

Peggy Brennan | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Peggy Brennan

I'm sitting in a 1920s-era building in Detroit, a former Model T showroom, that two years ago was an unsightly warehouse. The transformation of our building to an energy-efficient community space has been a fascinating one.

From Green Building to Green Cities

Rob Bennett | Posted 12.17.2011 | Green
Rob Bennett

The world's greatest greening opportunity many not be saving trees, but rather making our cities self-reliant so they are less dependent on the natural order for resources.

Lynne Peeples

Greening Disadvantaged Populations In The Name Of Environmental Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.10.2011 | Green

AUSTIN, Texas -- Thirty years after the Midnite Mine was closed, clean-up of the 33 million tons of radioactive remains at the site -- located within...

New "Ingredient" Label for Buildings Launches at Greenbuild

Andy Mannle | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green
Andy Mannle

Unhealthy homes pose a threat to millions of Americans. These dangers can include chemicals like Bisphenol A, formaldehyde, VOCs and PVC in building products. Ironically, efforts to make homes more efficient have resulted in trapping more of these chemicals inside.

WATCH: A Man With 5 Tiny Homes in His Backyard: Micro-Architecture as Punk Rock

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

2011-10-04-Screenshot20111004at12.38.52PM.jpg He builds small and he works with a micro-budget. His Gottagiddaway AKA "$100 homeless hut" was built for about that.

On Houses and Homes: Top 5 Stories Behind Solar Decathlon Entries

Susanna Murley | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Planet Forward has been following the Solar Decathlon teams. These are the five that stand out to us that have the best stories connecting their houses to their culture.

Changing The World One Commitment At A Time

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

When you walk through the doors of the Clinton Global Initiative, it's like you've landed on another planet where barriers are dissolved, opportunities are seized, and cooperation is prized.

The Greenest Dorm In The World?

Posted 11.19.2011 | Green

A university in the U.K. has reportedly built one of the greenest buildings in the world -- and it's all for the kids. During this year's British Scie...

Lucia Graves

Green Principles Mostly Missing From Obama's Job Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.09.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's jobs speech on Thursday night was infused with the passion that many who campaigned for him in 2008 had been wa...

Remembering Ray Anderson: A Tribute to a True Green Giant

Matt Petersen | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Matt Petersen

Ray set his sights high -- aiming to run a zero-footprint business, if not a restorative enterprise -- and set the best possible example for other businesses, big and small, to follow his lead. That is his legacy: hope for the future.

Manhattan Shoebox Apartment: A 78-Square-Foot Live-In Closet (Video)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 10.01.2011 | New York
Kirsten Dirksen

Luke Clark Tyler is in a serial relationship with tiny homes. His last New York City apartment was just 96 square feet. His current place is even smaller.

Tiny Handmade Home Built with a Little Help from the Internet

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 07.27.2011 | Style
Kirsten Dirksen

Using the Internet as their guide, one month -- and a lot of sawing, sanding and shellacking -- later, they had their first home, dubbed Homemade Spaceship.

Landscape Urbanism: The Challenge of Implementation

David Eisen | Posted 07.16.2011 | Arts
David Eisen

Designers will need to team up with scientists, sociologists and engineers -- and bureaucrats and bean counters, too -- if sustainable design solutions are to be pushed beyond the commonplace.

Can NYC Achieve Carbon Neutrality By 2030?

Jacob Slevin | Posted 06.21.2011 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

Ed Mazria is a preeminent leader in sustainable design. He closed his practice in 2006 to start Architecture 2030, a nonprofit that challenges designers to achieve carbon neutrality in buildings by 2030.

Sustainability and Authenticity, Personified

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Mark Schuster's Lofty Pursuits is a must-read, for true believers and cynics alike, as a unique contribution to today's dialogue about the sustainable city.

Feds Get Fashionably Hip Office Space

Molly Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Molly Miller

The words "government office building" may bring to mind visions of Franz Kafka's notorious clerks' office. Endless rows of literally gray partitions....

Green Building Wins the Future

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

In his State of the Union address, President Obama boldly proclaimed this to be our opportunity to win the future. But a huge part of winning that future is reducing our reliance on the fuels of the past.