Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 17th, 2007 by Patrice Frey


News to Keep you in the Know....

Clean coal to qualify for Kyoto carbon offsets -Reuters. Very efficient coal-fired power plants will be able to sell carbon offsets under the Kyoto Protocol, in an expansion of project eligibility under the carbon trading scheme, U.N. official Jose Miguez said.

Nations ink deal to provide safer atomic power - Reuters. Sixteen nations signed a U.S.-initiated pact on Sunday to help meet soaring world energy demand by developing nuclear technology less prone to being illicitly diverted into making atomic weapons.

N.Y. Group Trying to Eat Only Local Food – ENN. Dick Shave got a duck for dinner. It was firm, fresh and — this is very important when you're only eating food grown within 100 miles — raised nearby.

New fingerprinting method tracks mercury in environment – ENN. With mercury polluting our air, soil and water and becoming concentrated in fish and wildlife as it is passed up the food chain, understanding how the potent nerve toxin travels through the environment is crucial.

U.S. Climate Program Flawed, Threatened by Budget Cuts – ENS. The Bush administration's climate research program has helped scientists clarify some basic facts about global warming, but has done little to provide much-needed information about how society might mitigate or adapt to the changing climate, a National Academy of Sciences committee said today.

What Should We Really Be Doing About Global Warming? A Freakonomics Quorum – NYT. The authors of Freakonomics “thought it would be a good idea to host a Freakonomics Quorum in which we asked a few smart people a very straightforward two-part question: What should the U.S. government be doing about global warming, and what should individuals be doing?”

Safeway Unveils First Solar-Powered Grocery Store - Press Release.

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 14th, 2007 by Patrice Frey


The Untapped Green Within Graying Buildings An excellent article highlighting the greening of the 80 year old Joseph Vance Building in Seattle by Jonathan Rose Companies LLC. The company launched a $100 million smart growth investment fund in 2006 to green existing buildings. The company explains the impetus behind the fund: “In terms of the building stock, only 1 percent is new construction annually, so it is critical to focus on the existing 99 percent, which are huge consumers of energy.”

The article discusses the company’s climate sensitive approach to heating and cooling, and extensive lighting improvements. The developer’s approach to historic windows is particularly noteworthy. The company “weighed installing new windows against restoring existing windows. Since operability was key for tenant comfort, the company chose to restore the existing wood windows because the sashes of many had been nailed shut. Weather stripping was added, as well as mecco shades and light shelves to the south and west facades for proper interior shading.”

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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  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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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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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 11th, 2007 by Patrice Frey


Developing a hotter L.A. – L.A. Times.  Why high density development could be on a collision course with efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.

News to Keep You in the Know:

Northeast U.S., Europe cooling use of energy to rise -- Reuters. - Energy demand for cooling is likely to be above average in northeastern parts of the United States this week, while cooling demand in northwest Europe will also rise, forecasters Meteorlogix said on Monday.

World likely to pass dangerous warming limits --Reuters. The world will probably exceed a global warming limit which the European Union calls dangerous, scientists at Britain's MetOffice Hadley Centre said on Tuesday, presenting a new, 5-year research program.

In pure Arctic air, signs of  China's economic boom -- Reuters.  From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze.

Blogger Joel Makower takes on two topicsCoke’s announcement that it has a goal to recycle or reuse all plastic bottles, and GE’s new Earth Rewards card – GE will invest 1% of consumer purchases in carbon offset projects. provide

More on bees … Virus Is Seen as Suspect in Death of Honeybees – NYT.

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