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Green Book Review: The Blue Economy, by Gunter Pauli

The Blue Economy, 10 years, 100 innovations, 100 million jobs is a phenomenal book I have been reading lately by Gunter Pauli, founder of Ecover, and The Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives organization. The philosophy behind the book is the recognition and emulation of the interconnectedness of the five kingdoms of nature. Pauli presents an alternative economic system where human processes are modeled after natural systems, and work with nature, rather than against her. ... read more

Aquaponics - the inside scoop on the closed-looped, fish and produce yielding system

What is Aquaponics? 

It is a closed-looped, symbiotic process involving fish and produce where fish waste provides a food source for the plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. So that means you can raise your own fish and grow your own produce in a self sustaining nutrient system.... read more

Types of Green Careers

A green career may be any position which is dedicated (or contributes) to preserving and restoring the environment's natural resources. Green careers contribute to protecting the overall environmental quality. They also meet the previously discussed goals of the labor movement, which consist of adequate wages, safe working conditions, and employee rights.... read more

Contenders at Clean Tech Open Who Did Not Win

 

I was struck by how great some of the contenders were that did not win final awards at Clean Tech Open.  Below are some of the stand-outs in my opinion.  Check them out below!... read more

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$350 Million Green Building Renovation Designed For Sustainability Goals

It's the first of its kind – a $350 million green building renovation on one of the most visible landmarks today, the Chicago Willis Tower (previously the Sears Tower). In an effort to reduce energy consumption by as much as 80 percent, a significant modernization project has been planned. The project is designed to result in energy savings and reduced CO2 emission, and serve as a highly-visible 'green building' example.

Chicago Willis Tower Goes Green, Chicago Sears Tower goes Green... read more

Building Energy Quotient Enters The Scene

Another metric for judging the energy efficient has been added to LEED and Energy Star, this one stemming from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. This new label will grade buildings based on a system that every school child knows and loves: the letter system. Yes, now buildings will have to go without TV if they are found to have a D- in energy efficiency.... read more

Case Study of the Dangers of Green Roofs

Stephen Del Percio of the Green Real Estate Journal recently wrote about some of the dangers connected with green roofs, particularly installation of uneducated project teams. In the article he cites a story by Kelly Luckett, the "Green Roof Guy" of greenroofs.com.

The story goes that a Toronto based team, in which Mr. Luckett was a part of, installed a green roof in 2008. The owner of the premises where the installation occured decided to disconnect the irrigation sytem after the intial establishment phase at the urging of another contractor. The contractor convinced the owner that the irrigation was not neccessary because of the climate of Toronto. By doing this the owner would achieve LEED certification.

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Great Green Articles on International Emission Standards, Wal-mart and Popular Science's Green Guide

Welcome back to another week of green news from across traditional media.  Once again, the mainstream media is reporting on a number of developing stories.  Some focus on international and national issues, while others highlight small developments in sustainability. I found all the articles interesting and highlighting worthwhile topics.  Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Wal-Mart using its clout to go green: The Boston Globe published a small editorial comment on Wal-Mart's new eco-labeling initiative and the possible ramifications. A great explanation of why many company's will change habits merely because they have to now release embarrassing information, but I find the author to be a little condescending. He writes, "Wal-Mart's total annual purchases emanate from China, where it is high time environmental standards are raised." Really? Yes, China needs to raise envrionmental standards definitely in the industrial sector, but this sentence makes it seem like it is a free for all in China with no regulation. I wonder if the author knows that China has higher fuel efficiency standards for automobiles than the US?

India unable to accept any legally binding cut in greenhouse gas emissions: The Hindu, India's National Newspaper, is reporting that India will not accept any legally binding agreement for reduction of carbon emission.  This is a huge blow for the Obama administration that sought some kind of agreement from India for reducing its carbon footprint.  Though both nations plan to work together to reduce global warming, most believe that no real action will be taken without legally binding treaties to force individuals and industries to curb their output of carbon.

popular Science Green Home GuidePopular Science helps you green your home: The Miami Herald did a quick piece on Popular Science's new online "Green Home Guide." The guide is in a magazine format and chock full of great information. Click on the title to be take directly to the guide.

"Green" radio emits from Palm Beach Gardens: South Florida now has its first all green envrionmental radio show.  The show, "Radio Green Earth," will provide a variety of interviews with policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs in the green sector.  Ed Begely,Jr. is already on the interview schedule.U.S. Green Building Council's new headquarters earns LEED Platinum:  Sometimes the government gets it right.  Building, Design and Construction reports that the U.S. Green Building Council recently announced Platinum certification of its new Washington, D.C. headquarters.  This makes the 75,000 sq. ft. building the it the first project to receive certification under the latest version of the LEED green building rating system.  Read the article to find out what makes this building so green.

Legal Issues in Green Construction & Other News

Wednesday quick hits is focusing on green construction and the law surrounding the field. Today, we have gathered a number of great articles from across the net to illuminate different elements of green construction. They range in topics from LEED to lighting standards to eduction. Please read and tell me what you think of the choices.

I also know many of you are wondering how I pick posts to highlight on quick hits. Well, their really is two criteria. One, did I find it interesting. If I gained a novel insight into a topic or a fresh perspective on then I was interested. Second, do I think others will find it interesting. As someone with a JD, I sure do love the minutia of legal arguments, but I doubt many others would. So I try to pick sophisticated but accessible blog entries. I hope this gives you a little glimpse in how I read when I search the internet for information and will aid in your enjoyment of the pieces.

Victor Schinnerer: New LEED AP Program Raising Standards of Care, Changing Risk Profiles: Stephen Del Percio of the Green Real Estate Law Journal reviews Schinnerer's recent report and provides commentary. The subjects discussed include liability and design issues.

Green Roofs

Education, Our Biggest Challenge: What is the biggest block between sustainable building practices? Well according to the folks at Green Challenge it is Education. “Education is our biggest challenge because with the demand for knowledge rising combined with the lack of direct information it is hard to reconcile the knowledge barrier and may actually affect corporate sustainability efforts.”

Green Schools An Education For Us All: Green Building and Environmental Trends has a concise opinion post on the possibility of the new spending in school modernization to serve as a learning tool in sustainable methods for the construction industry. I am hard pressed to confer since I see many of those receiving these contracts as being existing experts in the field. Why would schools risk major retrogrades with untested companies? I just think the post is misguided but tell us what you think.

LEED Dorms

Salem State College Announces LEED Dormitory: LEED Blogger reports that Salem State College is opening a new dormitory that will meet LEED certification. The $57.5 million dollar facility will be made of recycled content materials and include a green roof.

US Department of Energy

DOE Passes New Lighting Standards--A Must Read!!: The Department of Energy recently updated standards for lighting. Green Energy and Development Law seems to be extremely excited about the prospect of saving so much energy from a small standard change and you should be too!

 

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