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Ron Jones

Ron Jones, Co-Founder and President of Green Builder® Media, is recognized as one of the fathers of the green building movement. Instrumental in establishing guidelines and programs through NAHB, USGBC and a variety of regional initiatives, he has more recently worked with the International Code Council in the development of both the National Green Building Standard (ICC 700) and the International Green Construction Code. He is the charter chairman of the Green Builder Coalition, a grassroots non-profit advocacy group whose goal is to promote integrity in the building industry, and beyond, in an effort to return balance and harmony to the relationship between the built environment and the natural one. A recognized author and keynote speaker on four continents, his industry credentials and leadership experience, combined with his inspirational message and “take no prisoners” style, make him a high-demand presenter for conferences and events of all kinds.

Recent Posts

Trick My Ride

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 11, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Let’s get one thing out there right in the beginning: I’m a truck guy, always have been. It’s not that my head can’t be turned by a great car—I still feel my heart flutter every time they roll out the latest Corvette. But so far, I have not let the mid-life crisis get the best of me, and it doesn’t take too long to refocus on my true ride of choice: a pickup, especially a vintage model.

Having made that clear, I am still reliving recent experiences from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, which showcased a dazzling display of new auto technologies. In addition to driverless car demos and a concept crossover that features solar panels built into the roof so it can provide some onboard energy production to assist the hybrid power train, we were invited to take a real-life test drive through the streets of Las Vegas in a snazzy electric vehicle.

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Always an Open Door

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 30, 2014 12:42:05 PM

When I wrote my first Tailgate column for the inaugural issue of Green Builder back in January of 2006, I invited our readers to join me once a month at the back of the magazine to drop the tool belts, break out the lunch box, and openly discuss whatever we had on our minds. As we enter our ninth year of publishing, I am here to reissue that invitation.

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The Fence Has Run Out of Room

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 18, 2014 3:56:44 PM

Sorry folks, but there is no neutral ground left where the uncommitted can wait for the rest of the world to determine which direction we are going to steer the future of the built environment. The time has come to take a stand and decide which side of the issue you are going to be on.

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Separate Realities

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 18, 2014 3:55:33 PM

On a recent afternoon I was working at my desk when, within seconds of each other, email messages appeared in my Inbox that illustrate just how schizophrenic we are when it comes to the topic of responsible housing.

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On a Clear Day

Posted by Ron Jones

Jan 18, 2014 3:52:30 PM

On a clear day, a phenomenon that for many people occurs less and less frequently now, you not only hear the endless warning whistles of the diesel-electric engines but you can actually watch the coal trains that rumble by day and night, twenty-four/seven past towns, cities, farms and fields as they transport countless tons of strip-mined coal from the parched steppes of Wyoming and other distant locations to gigantic holding yards at power plants in places like Texas and Georgia.

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