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Trump Disbands Panel That Helped Cities Respond to Climate Threat

Posted by Jessica Corbett, Guest Columnist

Dec 7, 2017 5:57:41 PM

The president shutters group that, according to its chairman, was "one of the last federal bodies that openly talked about climate change in public".

In the Trump administration's latest attempt to quash any efforts by the federal government to raise awareness or mitigate the effects of climate change, a community resilience panel announced Monday that the president had terminated the two-year-old group.

Chairman Jesse Keenan, a Harvard University professor, told the other members of the Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems on Monday that there would be no further meetings and the panel would dissolve, per President Donald Trump's orders.

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Can We Make Buildings Sturdy Enough to Resist Vehicle Assaults?

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Nov 28, 2017 1:23:31 PM

How can we design buildings and land to protect us from motorized threats?

As a green builder or architect, you are in the business of securing homes and properties, as well as making them robust against penetration from external forces of nature. Green buildings and multifamily properties that are resilient enough to stand up to the elements and natural disasters are on people’s minds now more than ever. However, there’s an even more sinister threat that society and people in the industry are beginning to respond to: terrorism.

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Why Have Americans Become Sheeple?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 14, 2017 1:19:59 PM

If you believe the polls (and you shouldn't), we've become a nation that frets and cowers about practically everything. What happened to the land of the brave?

Do you ever grow weary of bad news, doomsayers and fearmongers? Maybe it's time we stood up, counted our blessings, and stopped acting like wimps. Sure, billionaires run the planet. We've got a lunatic in the oval office, backed by an angry populist rage, and our health care is vanishing. But all of these are man-made problems, and if we made them, we can unmake them. As you can see from the polls below, the consensus of what we fear is by no means consistent. And we're not powerless, although we're sometimes made to feel that way by the sheer scale of the issues. In fact, I'd say the whole premise of counting our fears is self-fulfilling bunk. If someone asks you enough if you have a headache, you're likely to start believing you have one.

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California Experience Highlights the Tremendous and Humbling Complexity of Wildfire Disasters

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 24, 2017 4:19:24 PM

The devastating loss of lives and homes from California wildfires this past week has many pausing to consider the tremendous complexity of wildfire disasters. Learn more about what must be done today to prevent future tragedies.

Michele Steinberg manages the NFPA's Wildfire Division and her team is dedicated to wildfire safety education, advocacy and outreach She recently wrote on the California wildfires.

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Severe Weather Resiliency of Buildings Increases with Spray Foam Insulation

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 18, 2017 9:55:55 AM

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Each year, thousands of homes and buildings are damaged or destroyed by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other severe weather events. Even worse, this can lead to injuries or loss of life.

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