While LEED is a central topic to this blog, it is not the only measure of energy efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency has its own Energy Star program through which building owners, managers, etc can upload their building’s energy use. The program then compares your building against buildings of similar type across the country. Your… Read More Buildings Nationwide Compete for Energy Efficiency
I love a lot of things about Apple and my iPhone is practically permanently affixed to my body. When a company is a s big as Apple, though, and working to remain a leader in among rapidly evolving technologies in tough economic times, they are bound to make a few missteps. Apple has taken a… Read More Apple and EPEAT
A few weeks ago, I received the latest set of LEED certificates for one of our newly certified schools. I was more than a little dismayed at all the packaging that accompanied these seemingly easy to ship certificates. A set of ten certificates was literally mailed within three nesting cardboard boxes (as pictured above). Unbelievable!… Read More Sustainable Packaging?!
A little over a week ago, Ray Anderson, the chairman and founder of Interface Carpet, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. I wanted to write this post a week ago, but, frankly, I have been struggling with words to describe why Ray Anderson has been such an instrumental figure in the environmentalism movement… Read More Ray Anderson’s Legacy
This past weekend, the blog switched web hosting services to FatCow. Hopefully this will first and foremost mean much quicker load times within the site, but another thing that drew me to FatCow in particular was that all of their hosting services are powered by wind energy. I’m always a little skeptical of claims like… Read More Building My Green Life Now Wind Powered
I’ve been meaning to blog about this cool Nike program for awhile and am happy that I am finally getting to it! In 1990, Nike instituted the “reuse-a-shoe” program which allows them to accept used athletic shoes of any brand for recycling into a line of “Nike Grind” sports surfaces. Under this program, consumers can bring… Read More Nike Reuse-A-Shoe