Boston's 19th-Century Jail Reopens as Hotel

Posted on: September 26th, 2007 by Preservation magazine

 

Liberty Hotel, BostonAfter housing inmates since the 19th century, Boston's former Charles Street Jail now hosts hotel guests.

Completed in 1851, the Boston Granite Style building had been empty since 1990.

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 26th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

Rising Seas Likely to Flood U.S. History -- AP.  Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in
Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting.

Reporting from the UN: Schwarzenegger Steps Up, Moves Beyond Kyoto Washington Note. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addressed to the UN general assembly session demonstrates that, while the federal government is not fully engaged in climate change policy, a number of states are.

Finding the Limits of LEED – Chronicle of Higher Education. Posting looks at the limits of LEED, especially in giving credit to existing buildings.  

Carbon windfall to go to clean energy: - Reuters.  The European Commission wants to back alternative energy like wind and solar with the money it raises from sales of carbon emissions permits, which could reach billions of euros, a senior EC official said on Wednesday.

World Energy Revolution Needed For Climate, Says Condoleezza Rice -- Reuters. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday the world needs a revolution on energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change.

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Disney Museum Takes Shape in San Francisco's Presidio

Posted on: September 25th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

1897 Presidio barracks (Page & Turnbull)Disney in the Presidio?

That's right. This month, workers are busy converting three historic buildings in San Francisco's Presidio, a National Park, for the future Walt Disney Family Museum.

"People are very surprised," says Carolyn Kiernat, principal at Page & Turnbull, the San Francisco firm overseeing the project. "Their first question tends to be 'Why in the Presidio?'"

Two years ago, Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Miller, and her husband, Ron, asked Jay Turnbull to design a museum near their home in Northern California about her father's life and work.

The family found the site ideal, Kiernat says. "Walt Disney was a huge fan of the military and Gen. Pershing [who commanded the Presidio] in particular." In addition, she says, the museum building "recalls the Main Street USA in Disney World." ... Read More →

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 25th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

A Manifesto for a New Environmentalism – New Republic. Authors Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger argue that increasing investment in clean energy technology is the key to addressing global climate change, not reducing overall energy demand.

Wal-Mart To Push Suppliers On Energy Efficiency Reuters. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has formed a partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project to look for ways for its suppliers to better manage their energy efficiency, as part of its environmental push, the company said on Monday.

World energy revolution needed for climate: U.S. –Reuter. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday the world needs a revolution on energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change.
"Ultimately, we must develop and bring to market new energy technologies that transcend the current system of fossil fuels, carbon emissions and economic activity. Put simply, the world needs a technological revolution," Rice told delegates at a special U.N. conference on climate change.

U.N. chief sees major commitment to climate change -- Reuters. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a one-day high-level meeting on climate change on Monday was a turning point in the battle against global warming. “What I heard today is a major political commitment for a breakthrough in climate change in Bali," Ban said.

Gore urges U.N. to "overcome paralysis" on climate – Reuters. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore bluntly told a U.N. conference on Monday that the planet would be better off if people cared more about global warming and less about O.J. Simpson and Paris Hilton

Deal Reached to Phase Out Greenhouse Gas – AP. Governments of almost 200 countries have agreed to speed the elimination of a major greenhouse gas that depletes ozone, U.N. and Canadian officials said Saturday, describing a deal they said was a significant step toward fighting global warming. The agreement reached Friday night will accelerate a treaty to freeze and phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which are used in home appliances, some refrigerators, hair sprays and air conditioners, said Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the United Nations Environment Program.

Dumpster Dive – The Digital Way – Chicago Tribune. Freecycling is all the rage.

US Telecommuters save 840 million gallons of gas per year – Environmental Leader. That’s enough to power 1 million households for a year.

Report recommends cutting urban sprawl – Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The report by the Urban Land Institute, Smart Growth America and other national and state organizations warns that total vehicle miles driven in the United States are on track to increase 59 percent by 2030, and the exhaust from all those vehicles driven all those millions of extra miles will overwhelm expected emissions reductions produced by more efficient, cleaner-running cars and trucks

Follow the Money: The (Slow) Rise of Green Financial Services – Joel Makower. We seem to be on the cusp of a cluster of green financial services -- everything from energy-efficiency mortgages to green consumer banks to climate-friendly credit cards. It's hardly approaching a tipping point, but financial services companies seem increasingly interested, almost eager, to cater to green-minded consumers and companies.

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Louis Sullivan's Last Chicago Building Restored

Posted on: September 24th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 1 Comment

 

Krause Music, SteveHall@HedrichBlessing.comThings are looking up for the oeuvre of Louis Sullivan (1856-1924), the architect known as the father of modernism. After three of his buildings were destroyed last year, his last commission, the 1922 Krause Music Store in Chicago, was renovated this year.

The National Register-listed building's terra cotta exterior was restored and its interior converted to offices; this month, workers are completing the landscaping portion of the project.

"Being the son of an architect, my dad always pointed out the Krause Music store. I've known the building for years," says Jacob Goldberg, president of Chicago-based Goldberg General Contracting, Inc., which completed the 16-month project this spring. "To get the opportunity and the responsibility to restore the facade and renovate the whole building was a really big deal for me." ... Read More →

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