Because 40% “of greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment,…one has to take an integrated look at the built environment to look at how people live, work, and play. But also integration in the sense of understanding how transportation systems fit into that, how urban design affects the efficiency of how people live, how… Continue reading The New Built Environment – Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
“Any concrete new mixture, whether it’s embodied carbon or flyash or any other innovation in making concrete more sustainable one way or the other in terms of the material itself, those are all tested through a rigorous standardized process.” Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC As our hearts go out to the people in Surfside, Florida coping with… Continue reading Are ‘Green’ Buildings Safe? – Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC
“The story of the building is important for the artist (because) every model they create, they build a relationship with….they spend hundreds of hours working on that model…It’s a work of art.” When I visited the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, DC a couple of months ago, I saw these amazing miniatures of landmark buildings… Continue reading Buildings Made From Plants – Laura Busse Dolan, Owner, CEO & President, Applied Imagination
As we prepare to return to our offices, schools, coworking spaces, and houses of worship, while the coronavirus still swirls around us, there are steps building managers, employers, administrators and employees – each of us – can take to make sure we and our colleagues are safe from COVID-19.
The International Well Building Institute has developed standards and ratings to determine how safe and “healthy” our spaces are, and adapted them with advice from a COVID-19 Task Force of 540+ top experts for the pandemic. To find out about those standards and get practical tips we each use, listen to this enlightening interview with Rachel Gutter, president of the Institute on Green Connections Radio podcast with host Joan Michelson.
“(Your career) doesn’t have to look a certain way, it doesn’t have to look like the traditional career..” Maria Blase on Green Connections Radio Transportation and buildings are the two largest energy consumers and they’re changing every day. Listen to Maria Blase, President of Ingersoll Rand’s Trane HVAC and Transport business for Latin America… Continue reading Reducing the Climate Impact of Buildings & Trucks – Maria Blase, Ingersoll Rand, Trane, Thermo King