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Measuring Up

Posted by Ron Jones

Dec 23, 2013 12:19:00 PM

GUMPTION. ITS'S NOT A WORD you hear every day. Not in the modern vernacular, for sure. Sounds outdated, almost—I don’t know—hillbilly. But Webster defines it as: “initiative, aggressiveness, resourcefulness,” and then adds, “courage, spunk, guts.”

In my experience, it takes gumption to execute a project that merits national award consideration, let alone make the judges agree. It has a lot to do with presentation. There is no substitute for great images and a clear, thoughtful narrative. After all, it would be impossible for judges to physically visit dozens of entries that come from all around the country, so you have to be part storyteller in order to make yours stand out from the pack.

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Tyrants and Monks

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 16, 2013 7:26:46 PM

As I was putting the final touches our Green Home of the Year Awards issue, a friend, looking over my shoulder at the pages, made a comment that I think warrants a detailed response. "To be honest, I don't see what's green about those houses," she said. "They look like something only a rich person could afford, and there's nothing especially alternative about them. How are they doing anything good for the environment?"

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