The Top 100 Green Design Firms Interest in sustainable design has been building over the past 10 years and continues to gain momentum. Further, market sectors that once looked askance at the notion of green building as an unnecessary up-front capital expense now are embracing the long-term value of energy savings promised by sustainability. However, the market for sustainable design has not yet reached the saturation point in the construction industry, so a downturn in a few key sectors can affect the overall market. Compact and Complete Communities The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) collaborates with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to develop innovative environmental solutions that foster equity, vibrant communities and shared prosperity. Information on OSE's work as well as Seattle's citywide environmental programs is also included in this site SEATTLE BUILDING ENERGY: NEXT STEPSMonday, September 14, 11 am Building owners and managers can learn about Seattle's climate goals, proposed next generation building energy efficiency policy, and resources available from local utilities and partner organizations.
Puget Sound Sage Clean & Safe Environment Puget Sound Sage and its allies are building a broad-based constituency for a sustainable, equitable, and clean energy economy in the metro Seattle region. We are dedicated to ensuring that our region’s growing green economy will create quality jobs, career opportunities for workers who need jobs the most and healthier and safer communities. Kirkland Green - City of Kirkland Kirkland is known for its green spaces, parks and waterfront. The City is committed – through many “green" initiatives – to preserve, protect and sustain our natural resources. Through a variety of efforts, the City is also addressing sustainable development, green buildings and climate change.
Institute For Sustainable Infrastructure Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System Envision™ is the product of a joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Introduction Envision™ provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It evaluates, grades, and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project's life cycle.
Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials Good things come to those who wait – particularly in a work of uniquely detailed and highly curved architecture. Nearly a decade in the making, this structure by Robert Harvey Oshatz is much like a tree house – lofted toward the top of the canopy around it – only bigger, grander, more complex and curved than most any tree house in the world. The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover.
Sustainable Product Guide UL helps manufacturers capture value for their sustainability efforts. We advance the recognition of sustainable products and drive purchaser clarity by bringing trusted transparency to the green marketplace. The benefits of working with ULWe reinforce credibility of sustainable product claims through our robust certification, validation and testing services, helping our customers support their sustainability stories in ways that are meaningful to—and differentiating for—their organizations and their target markets. This is increasingly valuable as demand for healthier, more sustainable products has grown. In fact, 65% of consumers globally agree or strongly agree that they would purchase more environmentally responsible products if the companies’ health and environmental claims were more believable. As a recognized industry leader committed to global sustainability, environmental health and safety, we can help provide that assurance.
Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda Background EPA is seeking input on its draft EJ 2020 Action Agenda framework (PDF) (5 pp, 162K). EJ 2020 will help EPA advance environmental justice through its programs, policies and activities, and will support our cross-agency strategy on making a visible difference in environmentally overburdened, underserved, and economically distressed communities. Strengthening our collaborations with the communities we serve, our governmental partners and all other interested stakeholders will be key to achieving meaningful outcomes in these communities.
Landscape Performance Series The Landscape Performance Series Benefits Toolkit is a searchable collection of online tools and calculators to estimate landscape performance. The tools can be used to estimate specific landscape benefits for completed projects when actual measurements are not available, or they can be used in the design phase to compare projected benefits among various options. Many tools also allow the user to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features. Know of additional tools to calculate landscape performance benefits? Help build the database by sending your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings A pavilion made from paper. An inflatable concert hall. A building that eats smog. Grist - Cities Cities Without public transit, New York would have to build nearly 50 multi-lane bridges to accommodate its commuters. Yikes.