ArchWeek Green 2010.0617
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Thu Jun 17 16:02:28 PDT 2010
Dear Designers, Builders, and Friends,
ArchWeek Green, from the editors of the leading architecture magazine online, brings you weekly sustainable design and building news from around our planet.
Getting a price set on carbon in the U.S. is a key requirement for bringing market forces to bear on our climate change problem. And that, in turn, is a cornerstone of a gorgeous green building market revolution that we're collectively poised to unleash...
"There once was a time when the government relied on a very blunt
way of regulating the economy. It told companies and individuals
what they could do and what they could not do. These were the
days of command-and-control regulation.
"But then came the market revolution of the last three decades.
With the Soviet empire collapsing, the United States economy
growing more rapidly than Europe's, and newly market-friendly
China and India booming, people saw the drawbacks of command and
control. Governments were usually better off avoiding outright
bans and instead giving people incentives to behave in
"The classic example was environmental policy.
"Most famously, a 1990 bill signed by the first President Bush
forced coal plants to buy permits if they were going to emit the
sulfur dioxide that caused acid rain. With the price of
emissions suddenly higher, the plants looked for innovative ways
to reduce pollution - and succeeded more rapidly and cheaply
than experts had predicted.
"This history is the basic argument for putting a price on carbon
today, and the next several weeks are likely to determine
whether that happens. The chances of Congress's passing a permit -
or cap-and-trade - system that applies to the whole economy
are low. But it could still create a version that covered power
plants, if not factories and transportation. That would be no
small thing. ..."
Energy, and Its Cost - New York Times, 2010.0616
If you're a U.S. voter and you agree about a connection between pricing carbon, green jobs growth, and green building, today or tomorrow would be a good day to let your senator know. We did.
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Green and Sustainable Design and Building News This Week
On a Wing and a Prayer: Chevron's Deep Well - New York Times, 2010.0617
Can You Solve Global Warming Without Talking about Global Warming? - Climate Progress, 2010.0617
Bonn Talks: Progress in the Climate Fight in a Post-Copenhagen World - Triple Pundit, 2010.0617
Estimates of Oil Flow Jump Higher - New York Times, 2010.0616
Petaluma Pop-Up Prototype: Affordable Kit House from HousePort - Treehugger (Blog), 2010.0615
A Gas Mileage Bonus from Aluminum - New York Times, 2010.0615
Economy Has Slowed LEED Certification Pursuit - Sustainable Business Oregon, 2010.0614
Mysterious Clouds Produced When Aircraft Inadvertently Cause Rain or Snow - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 2010.0614
Missing the Boat with Net Zero? - Green Workplace, 2010.0614
Tomorrow's Wireless Communication Requires Higher Throughput and a Smaller Energy Budget - Chip Design, 2010.0614
Europe's New Wind Power Rivals Gas - New York Times, 2010.0614
Pumping Up the Heat for a Climate-Friendly Future - Science Daily, 2010.0614
How Closely Can a Building Emulate Nature? - Boston Globe, 2010.0613
Flights, Girls and Cash Buy Japan Whaling Votes - Times of London, 2010.0613
U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan - New York Times, 2010.0613
Prince Charles Calls on World to Follow Islamic 'Spiritual Principles' to Protect Environment - Ammon, 2010.0613
Is Leed 'Bogus'? - Arabian Business, 2010.0612
Lament for a Once-Lovely Waterway - New York Times, 2010.0612
New UN Science Body to Monitor Biosphere - Nature, 2010.0612
Study: LEED Homes Are Not Necessarily Less Toxic - Matter Network, 2010.0611
New UN Climate Text under Fire as Talks End - Reuters, 2010.0611
Sustainable Development and Human Remains - Just Means, 2010.0610
Cleveland Botanical Garden to Help Set Sustainability Standards for Landscape Projects - Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2010.0610
Toronto Unveils the Futuristic Farmers Market - Matter Network, 2010.0610
Sustainable Homes with High Hopes of Six Appeal - Sunday Times, 2010.0610
Melting Mountains Put Millions at Risk in Asia: Study - Reuters, 2010.0610
Sustainable Education: Eco-Palace Rises in the West - Independent Digital, 2010.0610
New San Francisco Architecture - ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0609
...The pavilion structure stands between two garden areas,
equipped with full-height sliding glass doors to allow a
continuous indoor-outdoor space. The main garden
features walls clad with porous, gray lava stone,
alongside white concrete planters and FSC-certified
machiche wood benches. The white-oak casework and
paneling within the pavilion is also FSC-certified.
Eighty photovoltaic panels were also installed, able to
generate about 30 percent of the energy used by the
Sustainable Development for the World Cup Is More Than Skin Deep - Just Means, 2010.0609
Bank of America Building: A New Green Standard? - Time, 2010.0606
Atmospheric Scientists Start Monthlong Air Sampling Campaign - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2010.0602
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