UC Berkeley Childcare Center Awarded LEED’s Silver Medal

The University of California, Berkeley celebrated its recently awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its new, green campus childcare center. The Haste Street Child Development Center incorporates energy and water conservation techniques, non-toxic materials and furnishings, green cleaning methods, recycling stations, and organic meals. Not only is the facility eco-friendly, […]

CFCC is Winner of NC Sustainable Building Design Competition

A team of Architectural Technologies students from Cape Fear Community College has won the 7th annual North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition. The state-wide competition evaluates students’ abilities to design sustainable buildings in line with conventional construction costs. This years challenge was to design an energy-efficient duplex that considered the needs of the elderly. CFCC’s […]

A Green Kids’ Cottage

Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan, is a 4,481 acre park system where visitors can participate in numerous outdoor activities. Many volunteers helped construct a new addition to the park, a 300 sq ft building made only from local, natural materials like wood, mud, straw, rocks.

American Institute of Architects Lists Top 10 Green Buildings

The AIA has made its selections of top green projects around the country, which include innovative environmental centers; school and library buildings, office and meeting spaces, and condominiums. Green areas of focus include:  energy efficiency, water conservation strategies, natural storm-water management systems, proper site selection and building orientation, renewable energy solutions, daylighting measures, sustainable materials […]

Savings on Green Gifts

A season of gift-giving is right around the corner, from Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, to graduation and anniversaries, you may be wondering where to shop for eco-friendly gifts. Co-Op America has the latest scoop on spring savings for green gifts, like organic chocolates, treats, and flowers; conflict-free jewelry; natural clothing and personal care items; […]

Santa Monica’s Free Green Expo

AltBuild, the alternative building materials and design expo, is a free green event happening this weekend. Designed to enlighten those interested in sustainable building, decorating, and living, the event will include 150 exhibits, seminars, and green building tours. The expo takes place today and tomorrow at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium from 10am until 5pm. […]

The Reel Story Behind Eco-Friendly Lawnmowers

If you’re looking for a more enjoyable lawn-mowing experience, look no further than today’s manual push reel mowers. They’re lightweight, quiet, non-polluting, and better for your grass as they cut like scissors and don’t tear it like rotary power mowers.

Heat Mirror Glass Voted as Best Green Building Product

Readers of ARCHI-TECH magazine, a trade publication for architects, systems integrators, and technology consultants who are responsible for specifying technology into commercial structures, have cast their votes for the ‘Product of the Year Award’.  The winner in the two categories of ‘Glass & Glazing’ and ‘Sustainable Design’ is Southwall Technology’s insulating Heat Mirror glass.

The Greening of Los Angeles

In May of last year, the mayor of Los Angeles, announced a ‘Green LA Plan’ which aims to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 35% below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Reasons include improving air quality and lowering water and energy bills for city inhabitants. Now, Mayor Villaraigosa has signed into law the ‘Private […]

Eco-Friendly Fencing

Even a small yard requires a lot of resources to fence it in, so why not consider an environmentally-friendly alternative? Some of today’s long-lasting composite fencing can easily be found (even at big box home improvement centers) and makes better use of resources, typically using recycled and reclaimed materials. Plus, it looks great and is […]

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