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Size Matters

Posted by Ron Jones

Oct 7, 2015 4:27:00 PM

FOR MANY YEARS now, I have been caught in the middle of the “home size” debate. When I served on the LEED for Homes steering committee and the development group for that rating system back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, the majority of the members of those bodies fought hard to include size as an issue in assessing sustainability and “greenness.” I found it hard to demonize a builder and/or their customer for choosing a larger-than-average house size when it comes down to a matter of choice, and I tried to look for middle ground on the subject.

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VIDEO: Keynote from SXSW Eco: Food of the Future-The Post-Animal Bioeconomy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 7, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Here's Tuesday's keynote from the South By Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) conference this week: New Harvest CEO, Isha Datar.  She argues that economies of the future will not be able to support consumption of animal food products. Is she right? We welcome your comments and thoughts.

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Geothermal Infrastructure; Pay Your Heating Bill to the Water Company?

Posted by Jay Egg

Oct 6, 2015 9:06:00 AM

THE DAY IS COMING IN WHICH CITIES will no longer allow combustion heating (NYC 80X50; #ONENYC).  Cities and governments throughout the world have already, and continue to make similar commitments. There is only one power alternative to combustion heating; electric power.  Consider the increasingly renewables-powered electrical grid and we find that there are only two non-combustion choices available; electrical resistance heating and heat pump technology. 

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Good News for the Environment—China and Shell Make Major Announcements

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 1, 2015 12:20:00 PM

It has been a good week for the environment—China will implement a landmark national cap-and-trade program, and Shell abandoned its plans to drill in the Arctic.

Climate experts have always said that there are two primary factors that will determine the future health of our planet—China’s continued reliance on coal and other dirty energy sources, and achieving price parity for renewables so that investment in fossil fuel drilling, production, and distribution becomes infeasible and unprofitable. Fortunately, two momentous announcements were made this week that indicate progress on both fronts.

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Hope and Scandal: This Week in Climate News

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 24, 2015 9:26:00 AM

Progress and setbacks for climate action are coming from the most unexpected places.

Pope Francis continues to inspire the world with his infectious love for life. His unadulterated joy and authentic humility transcends the common human experience, arguably making him the most galvanizing spiritual leader since Gandhi.

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