Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 12th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

Green and Cheap: A New Identity for Affordable Housing – The Sustainable Cities Blog. Discusses Eneterprise Community Partner’s Green Communities program, which will provide more than half a billion dollars in the next 5 years to create more than 8,500 affordable homes. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference in St. Paul, MN (October 2-6th) will include a panel on green, affordable, and historic housing – featuring a representative from the Enterprise Community Partners who will discuss efforts to include building re-use in the Green Communities program. It's not too late to register - we hope to see you there!

News to Keep you in the Know...

The 17-Year Progress Report On The Environment – The Daily Green. The Daily Green Looks at the Gains Made by the Green Movement, and Challenges That Remain. Includes reports on acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, water pollution, and world population.

Titans of Ecology - Washington Post. T.C. Williams Among Rising Number of 'Green' Schools certified by U.S. Green Building Council.

Biofuels May Be Threat To Food Supply, Increase Costs - Reuters. Biofuels, championed for reducing energy reliance, boosting farm revenues and helping fight climate change, may in fact hurt the environment and push up food prices, one study suggested on Tuesday.

Nuclear Industry Inches Toward New Construction In US - Reuters. the U.S. nuclear industry is hoping that its troubled building history will not repeat itself as it takes baby steps toward ending a 30-year nuclear construction hiatus.

House of Representatives Plans To Go Carbon Neutral - BuildingGreen. A new report details plans to move the U.S. House of Representatives to carbon-neutral operation by the end of 2008, to reduce energy consumption in House facilities by 50% from 2006 levels by 2017, and to “make House operations a model of sustainability.”

Wal-mart, Caterpillar, Ford, IBM, Dow, and Others Prepare to Share Their Sustainability Strategies - CSRwire. - Executives from some of the country's largest corporations will gather later this month to discuss sutainability. "If we are to truly address climate change and other environmental issues we must have everyone at the table," said Mayor Richard M. Daley. 'This gathering of some of largest companies in the world is definitely a step in the right direction.

Top polluters to discuss hard climate goals - Reuters. Twenty of the world's top polluting nations have agreed to discuss binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Germany's environment minister said on Tuesday.

And some good news...

Businesses Cut Carbon on the Scale of Two Cities, Carbon Trust Reports - Edie News. U.K. businesses have cut more than 10 million tons of C02 emissions since 2001 because of work with the Carbon Trust, according to the government-funded organization.

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