Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 13th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

Green Home Remodeling  -- Blogger Emerson Lockwood discusses green home remodeling as "a thinking process, not a contest to see how many green things you as a homeowner can incorporate into your home."  He notes that reusing as much material from your existing home is a key part of green remodeling, and that it can save you money.   

In the coming weeks, the National Trust will be offering preservation-sensitive tips for greening your existing home -- I'll keep you posted.

News to Keep you in the Know...

Environment Takes Its Place on Board's Agenda - Washington Post.  Greater Washington Board of Trade sees stewardship of the enviroonment as a unifying cause for the region that makes good business sense.   

 Eating Less Meat May Slow Climate Change - AP. Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, scientists said on Thursday. 

Global warming may cause world crop decline - Reuters.   Global warming could send world agriculture into serious decline by 2080 with productivity collapsing in some developing countries while it improves in a few rich nations, a study reported on Wednesday.

World Conservation Union:16,300 species threatened  - Reuters.  From the lowland gorillas of Africa to corals of the
Galapagos Islands, more than 16,300 species are threatened with extinction, the World Conservation
Union said on Wednesday in its annual Red List.

Can YouTube Save the Planet? – The Scientist.com.  Pooling videos can provide instant evidence of global environmental problems

Small Businesses and Congregations Honored by EPA for Energy Savings - EPA. EPA announced the winners of the 2007 Energy Star Award for Small Businesses and Congregations. Together, the winners saved more than $1.2 million in annual energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 1,600 vehicles annually. .

New Guidelines to Help Improve Accounting for Energy Sector Carbon Offsets - Environmental Protection. Quantifying the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions benefits of renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects is now easier with the release of new accounting guidelines by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 

Energy efficient appliances should be made compulsory, says UN expert – International Herald Tribune.  Governments should make energy efficient appliances and building materials compulsory because that is the smartest way of controlling greenhouse gas emissions, a U.N. expert said Tuesday. 

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