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Sustainability Symposium: Final Day for Early Bird Discount

Posted by Ron Jones

Nov 30, 2016 4:56:30 PM

There is more to Orlando than theme parks and trade shows. Our upcoming Sustainability Symposium on January 9, 2017 provides an opportunity to be a part of the solution.

Hardly a week passes when I don’t receive one or more promotional messages inviting me to sign up for some industry event or another that promises groundbreaking opportunities to join my peers and “learn from the experts”. 

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Could Homes Made with Natural Materials Act as Carbon Sinks?

Posted by Luigi Serenelli, Guest Columnist

Nov 29, 2016 11:12:40 AM

Houses built with bio-based materials act as CO2 banks. Experts explain how citizens can become custodians of atmospheric carbon dioxide

DOMESTIC EFFORTS play an important role in curbing global warming. Besides producing and using renewables, homes can also act as banks that store CO2. This innovative building model exploits bio-based materials, such as timber, straw and hemp, which act as “carbon sequestrators.”

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Is Trump Taking a Step Toward Climate Action?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 23, 2016 8:01:16 AM

The President-elect seems to be shifting away from some of his hardest hitting campaign promises, including his threat to cancel the U.S.’s participation in the Paris Agreement, much to the delight of climate advocates. While the verdict about Trump’s sustainability polities is still out, mounting pressure from citizens, businesses, Mayors, and global leaders may be forcing Trump’s hand when it comes to the environment.

The President-elect seems to be shifting away from some of his hardest hitting campaign promises, including his threat to cancel the U.S.’s participation in the Paris Agreement, much to the delight of climate advocates.  While the verdict about Trump’s sustainability polities is still out, mounting pressure from citizens, businesses, Mayors, and global leaders may be forcing Trump’s hand when it comes to the environment.

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Orlando Climate Symposium Offers a Life Raft in a Sea of Climate Denialism

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 17, 2016 11:20:59 AM

If we can talk about climate change, smart cities and saving the world’s oceans in Florida during Trump’s first month in office, there’s hope for the rest of the United States.

Many of my New England friends don’t like Florida.

They see it as sprawl-ridden den of fast-food joints, pawn shops and used car dealers. But as former Floridian, I love the sunshine state, despite (or perhaps because of) its many fault lines. You can’t generalize Florida. It’s a place of contradictory ideas and demographics, a microcosm of the United States, where residents self identify and settle by age, race, religious and ethnic orientation.

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A Choice of Progress

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 10, 2016 11:38:01 AM

Given the results of the election, our sustainability work has become more important than ever. Now is the time for us to step up and fulfil our duty as a group of tireless change-makers that do not shy away from any kind of challenge—regardless of how daunting that task may seem at the moment.

The team at Green Builder Media, in partnership with friends and colleagues around the world, have worked assiduously for over a decade to affect positive change within and beyond the building industry.  With the Presidential election results, the urgency and significance of our work has increased exponentially.

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Scientists Warn Negative Emissions Are a ‘Moral Hazard’

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 24, 2016 10:26:25 AM

Both negative emissions and drastic greenhouse gas pollution cuts are necessary in order to keep climate change in check.

Removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic may be a fool’s game amounting to a “moral hazard par excellence,” according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science.

Nobody knows if atmospheric carbon removal — known as negative emissions — will work, and it could delay critical cuts to emissions while tacitly giving people license to pollute, the paper says.

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Climate News: A Trifecta of Global Agreements

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 20, 2016 10:28:58 AM

It has been a good month for the climate, as countries from around the globe have signed three watershed climate change agreements.

Over the past few weeks, major steps have been taken to protect the environment and mitigate the effects of our changing climate.

Much to the relief of climate advocates around the world, the Paris Agreement has now been ratified by nearly 100 countries, representing almost 65% of global emissions, bringing the agreement into full legal force.  Through the agreement, 190 countries have pledged to limit global warming, reduce carbon emissions, adopt clean technologies, and assist poor countries that have been impacted by climate change. 

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Will the Other Bill McKibbens Please Stand Up?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Sep 26, 2016 2:19:18 PM

Its time for everyday climate heroes in the building industry to lead by example.

WHY IS THERE ONLY ONE BILL MCKIBBEN? If you’re holding a conference on saving the world, who comes to mind as a keynote speaker? Bill McKibben. If you wrote a book about living more simply, who will sing its praises on the back cover? Bill McKibben.
You might start to think that Bill McKibben the only person on Earth who has anything wise, or prescient, or quotable to say about saving ourselves from ourselves. That’s not true, of course.

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Slashing Emissions from Fossil Fuels Burned in Buildings

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 20, 2016 3:13:58 PM

By Merrian Borgeson and Pierre Delforge

The “decarbonization” of America’s building is critical to reducing carbon emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, the amount scientists believe is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change. California, long a national and world leader in fighting climate change, is already beginning to take a look at how to reduce the carbon pollution from fuels burned inside buildings for space and water heating.

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Codes and Climate

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 8, 2016 11:51:50 AM

Codes are designed to keep homeowners and building occupants safe and protected. They play a critical role in protecting the environment as well.

The connection between codes and the climate may, at first blush, seem oblique. However, the two are intricately connected. Codes are designed to make homes and buildings stronger, safer, healthier, and more durable.  They’re designed to improve performance and energy savings.  And in so doing, codes play a pivotal role not just in protecting lives, but the planet as well.

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Floods and Wildfires: The Reality of our Nation’s Future

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 25, 2016 9:21:02 AM

The increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and other natural disasters make a clear case for resilient building.

Last week, ominous skies in California’s parched San Bernardino Mountains looked more like the Apocalypse than a typical sunny August afternoon.  Smoke, soot, and ash from the vicious Pilot and Blue Cut fires shrouded the valley, causing residents to flee their homes and schools and businesses to close.

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McKibben’s Let’s Win the War on Warming: A Must-Read on Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 18, 2016 9:27:18 AM

Every once in a while, a thoughtful piece of editorial is published that recalibrates the national dialogue about climate change. Sustainability activist Bill McKibben just wrote such an article, putting the war against global warming into perspective and calling for a massive WWII-scale mobilization that completely retools our national economy.

Climate activist Bill McKibben takes no prisoners.  He writes bold and impassioned editorial pieces that call out the major players in the fossil fuel economy.  He protests against pipelines and rallies like a rockstar.  He doesn’t hesitate to get arrested for causes that he believes in.  His perspective on global warming and the urgent need for climate action is powerful and persuasive. 

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Rio Raises the Bar on Climate Action

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 11, 2016 8:13:00 AM

With the goal of redefining the global zeitgeist, Rio tackles the issue of climate change head-on at opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics.

In some ways, it’s ironic that Rio tackled climate change head-on during its colorful opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games.  While riddled with massive environmental challenges, the Brazilians decided to take a stand for climate action in a way that larger countries with more to lose (yes, like the U.S.) might never have done.

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