Christina Birchfield

An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience covering the shelter industry, Christina resides in Tucson and is long-established active member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Recent Posts

Porcelain Recycling

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 23, 2014 7:38:44 PM

In celebration of Earth Day, a partnership between Crossville Tile and TOTO announced that the Tile Take-Back program had diverted a total of 40 million pounds of fired porcelain from disposal in landfills.

A proprietary process allows even previously installed tile taken from remodeling jobs to be recycled as well as TOTO toilets that do not meet quality standards. All of the material is recycled into what Crossville calls "feed stock" to manufacture new tile.

During 2013, the third year for the program, 7,706,286 pounds of Crossville fired scrap as well as 7,288,860 pounds of TOTO's scrap porcelain  was ground and reused to make more tile. It also took in 87,411 pounds of scrap and existing tile removed during renovation projects. Since 2009, nearly 40 million pounds of scrap porcelain from remodeling, Crossville and TOTO have been recycled. That's a lot of tile that would have gone into landfills. Instead, it takes on new life as new tile.

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Topics: recycled tile, Earth Day

Dream On

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 23, 2014 12:48:26 PM

The American Dream Builders winning Blue Team's kitchen from Episode 101, "We've Outgrown Our House."

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Topics: flooring, remodeling, television series, Nate Berkus

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 22, 2014 8:16:40 PM

 

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Greening Students for Sustainability

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 22, 2014 1:30:28 PM

We have long known, that “get them while they are young” is the way to influence and educate young people. Now there is a sustainability program to educate the young to be green. 

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Topics: Sustainability Messaging, Earth Day, USGBC, students

Honda: Smart Homes As Well As Smart Cars

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 22, 2014 11:59:49 AM

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Topics: electric vehicle charging, home automation integration, home energy management, automobile, eco-friendly homes

Hip? Hope? Poetry Slams

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 21, 2014 1:56:35 PM

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Ecosystems, Climate Change

Energy-Efficient Transportation

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 21, 2014 1:52:26 PM

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: energy efficiency, Ecosystems, alternative fuel, healthy living, environment, clean technology, The Celestia Project

Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 16, 2014 12:20:42 PM

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Topics: Policy, Climate Change, sustainable living, environment

Land Trust Convergence

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 16, 2014 12:10:12 PM

In the spirit of, “Don’t ask, don’t get,” on April 2, land trust leaders from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill to give our legislators a crash course “on key land conservation issues that support the nation in securing local economic sustainability, fresh food, clean water, places to recreate and keep family farms in the family.” The day was the third annual Land Trust Advocacy Day sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance

Land trust leaders geared up for the day with “issue briefings and networking events before conducting more than 150 individual meetings with staff and members of Congress in the Senate and House.”

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Topics: land trust, conservation easement

Quantity Quotes Brings Bulk Product Savings to Green Builders

Posted by Christina Birchfield

Apr 15, 2014 1:15:00 PM

 One way to bring Green Building to the masses is to lower materials costs. The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed Quantity Quotes to do just that.

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Topics: Builders and Manufacturers, Discounts, DOE

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