The news is out today that AASHRAE 189.1, the USGBC, the International Green Building Code and the AIA will work together to merge aspects of green building and high performance standards.

One Code to Rule them all!!

 

 

August 3, 2014 For Immediate Release:
Contact: Dan Whittet, 702 755 0240 Dan@ADPSR.ORG or Franziska Amacher Franziska@ADPSR.org
Three organizations to be honored with ADPSR 2014 Lewis Mumford Awards
New England social activists to be recognized nationally for innovative work, Awards to be presented at Boston Green Fest Aug 16, 2014
“Designing a better world involves more than bricks and mortar”

http://www.bostongreenfest.org/Mumford.html

Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) has announced the winners of its 20th annual Lewis Mumford Awards for outstanding contributions in areas that embrace ADPSR’s mission of world peace, protection of the environment, and socially responsible development: The awards this year will go to;
Peace: Ethan Zuckerman and the MIT Center for Civic Media
Environment: Bonnie Rukin and Slow Money
Development: Ken Smith and Youth Build

The interesting Spanish company ABEGNOA has, apparently, a research department doing investigations into the use of Nanoparticles in new materials.
There are of course difficulties working on the nano scale and also following the effects and changes, but the rewards are incredible. In Spanish.

Invasion of the MassDots

A little Starwars related satire on highway expansion near Boston

 

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Walmart probably has more market and supply chain transformation potential than the USGBC. It’s worth paying attention to the “sustainability” and green marketing decisions they make.

Originally posted on Environmental News Bits:

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

In Marc Gunther’s recent article about Walmart and its efforts to make toy production more sustainable, he calls the Walmart supplier Sustainability Index “the biggest environmental initiative in the company’s history,” and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) agrees. He also questions whether “Walmart is taking this too far””and “how the world’s largest retailer is exercising its market power.”

With a 25-year track record challenging companies to make decisions that are good for the environment and the economy, we at EDF are used to asking such tough questions.

That’s precisely why we have an EDF office based in Bentonville, Ark., dedicated solely to working together with Walmart to advance sustainability. Because we don’t take money from the company, we can push hard to achieve the kinds of transformational change of which it is capable.

When it comes to the Sustainability Index, we’re on board. And here’s…

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March 31, 2013

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Behavior change could be THE sustainability issue…

Originally posted on Environmental News Bits:

Call for Abstracts: Due end of Monday, April 15th, 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time.
Submit online

Selection criteria
The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference brings together a range of academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from a variety of fields engaged in energy and climate efforts to provide the latest and most relevant behavioral research, best practices, and methodologies.

The BECC 2013 Organizing Committee is seeking abstract submissions from a wide variety of disciplines and sectors, including, but not limited to:

Disciplines:

  • applied anthropology
  • social psychology
  • behavioral economics
  • organizational behavior
  • political science
  • communications
  • cognitive sciences.

Sectors / Issue Areas:

  • buildings (residential and commercial)
  • technology design and usage
  • transportation
  • urban design
  • sustainable consumption (e.g., food, water, and waste).

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length and offer new research findings and/or documented examples of behavior change pilots, programs, or trials.

Abstracts should not be a discussion topic…

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Why different agencies create mixed bag of resources, and it’s hard to follow…Better Coordination among Federal Programs Needed to Allocate Testing Resources

Originally posted on Environmental News Bits:

Energy Efficiency: Better Coordination among Federal Programs Needed to Allocate Testing Resources. GAO-13-135, March 28.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-135
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/653429.pdf

Wind Energy: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure Effective Use of Federal Financial Support. GAO-13-136, March 11.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-136
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/652958.pdf

Manufactured Homes: State-Based Replacement Programs May Provide Benefits, but Energy Savings Do Not Fully Offset Costs. GAO-13-373, March 28.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-373
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/653410.pdf

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