Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 24th, 2007 by Patrice Frey


Do to technical error - my morning round-up wasn't posted yesterday (the 24th). Enjoy a double dose of news today.  

News to Keep you in the Know - September 24th.

Cut sprawl, help environment, report says -- Baltimore Sun.  Living in pedestrian-friendly area would cut emissions, according to report's author Suburban sprawl is the missing link in climate change, a group of urban planning researchers said today, warning in a new report that global warming can only be slowed by changing development patterns to reduce the need for driving.   Living in more compact, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods actually would do more to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide -- the chief climate-changing gas -- than driving a hybrid car while staying in a typically spread-out suburb, the report asserts.

LEED - The Green Standard?  -- Fast Company.  As alarm over the environment intensifies, LEED has been in the right place at the right time. But critics say that the LEED standard falls short of what's possible in terms of saving energy.

Athena Hits the Mark with Green Building Tool - Tree Hugger. The construction industry has gained the Athena Assembly Evaluation tool for use (free!) with the Green Building Initiative’s™ (GBI) Green Globes™ environmental assessment and rating system for commercial buildings. The intent is to leverage life cycle assessment within the industry and provide a simple framework and tool that can be incorporated into the system.

Sunny Outlook: Can Sunshine Provide All U.S. Electricity? - -Scientific American. Large amounts of solar-thermal electric supply may become a reality if steam storage technology works—and new transmission infrastructure is built

China Could Be Top Wind Market inThreeYears -Reuters.  China could become the world's top wind power market in three to five years but will grow faster if it reforms its subsidy system, executives of major wind turbine maker Vestas said on Friday

UK Sees Need For Global Biofuel Standards, Protections -- Reuters. Global standards must be developed to ensure the growth in the use of biofuels does not have damaging consequences for the environment, Britain's Climate Change Minister Phil Woolas said on Thursday.

New Software Designs & Calculates The "Green" In Your Building – ENN. Green Building Studio, Inc., today announced the beta availability of Green Building Studio V3.0, offering architects, owners, and building design teams the opportunity to use the new web service’s advanced capabilities firsthand

Combating Climate Change Given Big Confidence Boost in Canada – ENN. Governments Agree to Accelerated 'Freeze and Phase-out" of Ozone and Climate-Damaging Chemicals at Montreal Protocol's 20th Anniversary Celebrations

10 Solutions to Save the Ocean - ENN. The most inspiring thing I’ve read lately about the oceans is “10 Solutions to Save the Ocean,” a series of short, upbeat, and to-the-point essays in the latest issue of Conservation magazine.

Global warming meetings put focus on U.S. role -- Reuters. A trio of climate change meetings in the United States this week will focus attention on how Washington can deliver on its pledge to play a lead role in combating global warming.

Bush Seeks Global Warming Process – ENN. Bush administration officials set out Friday to convince the world it can cool the Earth with voluntary "processes," more cooperation and fewer barriers to trade among the U.S., China and other major polluters, contrary to the U.N.'s mandatory approach to global warming.

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Back to School for Green Preservationists

Posted on: September 21st, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment


Walk into any super-mart today, and you'll find a "green" option for every item on your list, from energy-efficient light bulbs to seeded stationary to Low-E windows. Green is on everyone's mind these days. As green building and historic preservation overlap, university students across the country are forging new majors that reflect the times, which could mean revolutionary changes for both fields.

"The first day of class, out of the 11 people who introduced themselves, I think five people identified sustainability as a reason why they chose to go into historic preservation," says Jennifer Flathman, who is pursuing her master's degree in historic preservation at the University of Oregon in Portland.

"Students, because of their age and generation, are very much in tune with these issues [the connection between green building and preservation]," says Ken Guzowski, former professor of historic preservation at the University of Oregon and the current senior planner for the city of Eugene.... Read More →

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 20th, 2007 by Patrice Frey


Going 'green' in Glens Falls – The Saratogian. Barton Mines Co. unveiled its new corporate headquarters Wednesday, that combines environmentally trend-setting design with historic preservation.

EPA Adds Seven Sites and Proposes 12 Sites to the Superfund List -- EPA Press Release. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding seven new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the list for investigation and clean-up. The list, known as National Priorities List (NPL), sets priorities under the federal Superfund program that addresses complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

China’s Policy of Returning Farmland to Forests Must Be Upheld -ENN. China is witnessing a dangerous trend. The country’s policy of returning farmland to forests is faltering, and many areas are opting out of this activity in a push to protect local farmers. They are recklessly expanding farmlands that should have been replaced with forests under the policy, or they have simply allowed farmers to continue cultivating steep hillsides.

CO2 emissions could violate EPA ocean-quality standards within decades - ENN. In a commentary in the September 25, 2007, issue of the Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), a large team of scientists state that human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will alter ocean chemistry to the point where it will violate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Quality Criteria [1976] by mid-century if emissions are not dramatically curtailed now.

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 19th, 2007 by Patrice Frey


News to Keep you in the Know.

EasyJet boss calls for polluter tax on planes - Reuters. British low-cost airline easyJet called on Tuesday for the government to scrap airport taxes on passengers and replace them with taxes on aircraft that penalize the heaviest polluters.

China Faltering On Support For Solar Power: Report - ENN. Solar panels could generate over 10 percent of China's power by the middle of the century, but only if Beijing steps up support for pioneering generating plants and sets more ambitious targets, a report said on Wednesday

Agrofuels Favor Business over Farmers - ENN. Agrofuel development has arrived on the global stage. Just this year, the number of declarations, dollars, and development plans devoted to agrofuels is unparalleled. An idea that languished for decades has become the darling of politicians, business, financiers, and the media.

EPA Targets $2 Million to Fight Climate Change with Projects in China, Russia, Seven Other Countries - ENN. Washington, D.C. - China, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, India, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria and Ukraine will have projects funded under the auspices of the Methane to Markets Partnership, an international effort promoting near-term, cost-effective projects that capture and use methane as a clean-energy source

Stuck in Traffic? You're Not Alone - ENN. Drivers waste nearly an entire work week each year sitting in traffic on the way to and from their jobs, according to a national study released Tuesday. The nation's drivers languished in traffic delays for a total of 4.2 billion hours in 2005, up from 4 billion the year before, according to the Texas Traffic Institute's urban mobility report. That's about 38 hours per driver.

Ban Urges Strong Message From Climate Summit - ENN. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Tuesday for a climate change summit he has convened next week to send a "strong political message" to enable a "bold" new global environment pact to be negotiated

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 18th, 2007 by Patrice Frey


News to Keep you in the Know...

Could Kyoto Protocol learn from Montreal? ENN. Could the solution to global warming be as simple as a switch of cities

A Little Frightening, a little good news on climate and energy - ENN. Sometimes the news makes you want to crawl under your bed and hide. Other times there’s great hope and I'm ready to dance and cheer. These related stories for the week beginning September 9, 2007:

BMW, Norsk Hydro Among the World's Most Sustainable Companies - In the ninth annual survey of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro took the overall top score, while BMW topped the automotive index for the third year running.

Wegmans Reverses Supermarket Supply Chain, Starts Organic Farm - Wegmans, a 71-store supermarket chain based in Rochester, has begun selling produce grown on its own 50-acre organic farm to nearby grocery stores. The farm is in its first year of production, so the land is not yet certified organic, but the company's CEO, Danny Wegman, said the goal is to use the land not just to grow fresh produce for sale, but to help grow the local food market in the area

Carbon Reduction Wins Mega Brand Attention at Conference - At this week's Carbon Footprint Consumer Products Conference and Expo in Chicago, the companies behind the world's biggest brands made it abundantly clear that they are both dedicated to reducing their carbon footprints and to spreading the word about their efforts.

Communicating Climate Change: Getting Beyond the Usual Suspects -- On September 9, the Oregonian headlined its Sunday edition with a story about the Greenland ice sheet melting much faster than scientists had predicted. The well-crafted story found the news "...particularly unsettling because elaborate climate models that scientists use to estimate the effects of global warming did not foresee it."

Finding the Green in Cleaning Products -- It has become clear that the green movement is here to stay. From global warming to sustainability to green buildings, these issues have become a part of our daily lives. It was once the lexicon of environmental groups; today all segments are involved, including mainstream companies such as Wal-Mart and General Electric, who have each committed hundreds of millions of dollars to green their operations.

STATES ARE CLOSER TO TRIMMING AUTOS' CO2 EMISSIONS -- The move by 12 states could coax Congress to pass efficiency limits.

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