Better Bedding

Looking for new bed linens? You may not have given it any thought whatsoever, but those conventional cotton sheets are anything but sustainable. Millions of pounds of pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, and other harsh chemicals are used to grow and process cotton. And since polyester is a petroleum derivative it is not exactly eco-friendly either. But, […]

Being More Green While Getting Clean

Showers vs. Baths. Consumer Reports has a recent post tackling the subject of which is more green. First, full disclosure, I’m a shower person but I will not allow my bias to affect this post in any way. Second, going all uber-green and either not showering or not taking a bath on a regular basis […]

Sustainable Community Melds New with the Old

Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, is a bustling small city filled with Southern charm. Spanning five blocks of the city’s historic district is the site of the sustainably-planned community of Blount Street Commons.

Building a Paper House

Mason Greenstar is producing a building product called Greenstar Blox to be used in place of wood framing and cement cinder blocks. Greenstar Blox are like conventional cinder blocks but are made from 65 percent recycled paper, water, and cement. They have an R value of 25.6 compared to a cinder block’s 2 and weigh […]

1926 School Gets Green Makeover

The Burton Elementary and Middle School (circa 1926) in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been renovated in such a way that many original details (like the tilework shown here) have been restored, yet the school now has a modern flair. Green building strategies were employed to create an efficient and pleasant facility.

Clark County Parade of Homes Features Luxury in Green Living

This year’s Parade of Homes in Felida, Washington features 5 luxurious green built homes, a charitable playhouse and doghouse auction, and a Green Living Educational Center where consumers can learn about the advantages of building green.

10 Ways to Go Green

CNNMoney’s “10 easy ways to green your home” gallery offers tips to green up any home.

Greening the Nevada Desert

The big news is that Nevada has plans underway for 100 million square feet of new construction to be built to U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. More than half of that is planned for Las Vegas.

Conserve Water the Watersense Way

You may already be familiar with the Energy Star program set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Well, the EPA has also set standards for water conserving devices such as sink faucets and aerators, toilets, showerheads, and landscape irrigation technologies.

Is Concrete a Green Building Product?

It’s true that the production of concrete creates greenhouse gases (what doesn’t?); its components of stone and sand must be mined from the earth, and our precious resource of water must be consumed to make it, but there are some green aspects too…let’s hope so since it is used more than any other man-made material […]

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