ArchWeek Green 2010.0120
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Wed Jan 20 12:40:58 PST 2010
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many green building strategies have solid economic payoffs, it's not
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economic health, environmental health, and social/cultural health.
People, planet, purse.
A narrow focus just on economic factors, for instance, runs the risk
of leaving out, or "externalizing," environmental and socio-cultural
factors. We've all learned that can lead to big problems.
A powerful alternative to narrow focus is integrated or "systems
thinking." In this approach, green builders consciously try to
capture "externalities" and account for them thoughtfully in our
We learn from common sense, but we try not to get stuck by
assumptions based on past practices. We learn equally from science.
We seek out interconnections between superficially disparate
systems, and work to break down the fences that separate various
Common sense is usually a pretty healthy guide, and outrageous
conclusions may, on average, be less likely to be true. But some
outrageous conclusions are, in fact, true. And when they are, the
difference can be important.
Outrageous: The Earth orbits around the sun - even though you can
just look up in the sky and see the Sun going around us every day.
Outrageous: Burning of fossil fuels and destruction of forests by
humankind has changed our whole planet's thermal energy balance
enough to cause severe impacts - even though the incremental degree
of change experienced locally is swamped day-to-day by weather.
Outrageous: There's a substantial likelihood that anthropogenic
climate change can trigger earthquakes and volcanoes.
No way? Let's make the effort to find out. We can do better than
jumping to a conclusion.
Climate Change may Trigger Earthquakes and Volcanoes - New Scientist
Green and Sustainable Design and Building News This Week
Court Sides with Energy Department in Efficiency Dispute with LG Electronics - New York Times, 2010.0120
Data Gaps and Errors May Have Masked Warming - Nature Climate Feedback, 2010.0119
An Endangered Species: The Environmental Reporter - Climate Progress, 2010.0119
Green Firms Balk at Coalition's Lobbying Effort - San Francisco Chronicle, 2010.0118
City's Green Groundbreakers - Philadelphia Inquirer, 2010.0117
Ski Property Faces Meltdown as Global Warming Chills the Market - Guardian Unlimited, 2010.0117
Oregon Held to Account for Failing to Protect Coastal Waterways - Oregonian, 2010.0117
Radon in Homes an Invisible Danger - ENN, 2010.0116
Giant Trellises Will Be Grown on 18-Story Federal Office Building in Portland, Ore. - Los Angeles Times, 2010.0115
A Super Sweet Green Building Project in Brooklyn - Mother Nature Network, 2010.0114
For Architects This Decade, Building Efficiency Will Replace Grandiosity - Washington Post, 2010.0114
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Settlement Reached in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Lawsuit - Sive, Paget & Riesel PC (Blog), 2010.0114
Zinc Bromide: Mass Energy Storage for the Masses? - Green Energy News, 2010.0114
LivingHomes Announces National Availability of Ray Kappe's Green Prefabs - Inhabitat (blog), 2010.0114
White House Will Press Ahead with Climate Bill, U.S. Negotiator Tells Investors - New York Times, 2010.0114
Investors Urge Governments to Take Immediate Action on Climate Change - Guardian Unlimited, 2010.0114
Sustainable and Affordable Housing - Press and Journal, 2010.0114
Major Antarctic Glacier Is 'Past Its Tipping Point' - New Scientist, 2010.0113
Australian Architecture Awards - ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0113
California Panel Considers Money from Climate Rules - New York Times, 2010.0113
Not All Ski Slopes Are Environmentally Equal, Study Concludes - New York Times, 2010.0112
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California Announces First Statewide Green Building Standards Code - State of California Press Release, 2010.0112
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The Year Sustainable Design Became Simply Design - Tree Hugger (Blog), 2010.0112
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Teaching Green, Beyond Recycling - New York Times, 2010.0111
Future Planet - the Future of Cities - Australia.to, 2010.0110
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