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Architecture 2030 and Net Zero Energy Buildings

Today in class we talked about Architecture 2030, which is a private organization started by Edward Mazria to, in their words, “achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.”  Architecture 2030 is effectively trying to change […]

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Why Assignment #7 is first, and Energy Modeling 101

Because we won’t see results for Assignment #7 unless we start it now! Assignment #7 is to sign up on the Web site EarthAid.com, to see how you use energy in your own dwelling, and to see if knowing how much energy you use will help you save it.  We’ll all “friend” each other on […]

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Shopping second-hand is easy on the planet and your wallet

How many times have you had a themed party to go to or simply needed a very – shall we say – “specific” wardrobe item, and you decided that going to Goodwill was your best option?  If you’re like me, then you’ve had that internal conversation a lot.  (Although, granted, most people might not like […]

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Taking a Sharpie marker to the map

Do you have a globe in your home?  Well, it’s time to break it out.  Spin it over to Asia, and try to find the Aral Sea.  I’ll give you a hint: it’s on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, east of the Caspian Sea.  What color is it on your globe?  It’s probably blue, […]

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Climate Killers

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade everyone!  Here’s to hoping we can make big strides this year in our efforts to save energy, reduce waste, and generally try to keep the Earth as hospitable to human life as possible. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are some pretty vocal people who are still working […]

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Top 9 of 2009

Today is the last day of 2009, or, if you take the long view, the last day of the first decade of the new millenium.  There are many outlets devoting copious amounts of coverage to what a miserable year 2009 was, as well as giving plenty of room to “Top 10” lists of the last […]

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Copenhagen … Continues

So much for keeping you up to date with news from the United Nations COP15, aka, the Copenhagen Climate Conference, as it happened.  It turns out that not a lot has gone on that was worth reporting, aside from a brief kerfuffle on Monday when much of the developing nations’ delegation walked away from the […]

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“When Al Gore sees his shadow, it means the Earth is dying”

I had the absolute privilege of seeing Al Gore here in Portland last Thursday, at an event where he was standing up in support of our gubernatorial candidate Bill Bradbury (who himself seems like a committed supporter of environmental issues).  I’m happy to say that after departing Portland, Al Gore traveled to New York, where […]

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Rogue Wave

First of all, no, this post is not about the outstanding indie rock band called Rogue Wave.  (Although they are quite good and I do encourage a listen.) This post was actually inspired by a somber anniversary that I missed last week, and I’ll use it to make an analogy to get where I’m going.  […]

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Quietly practicing my “religion”

I (obviously) haven’t had a lot to say lately about green design, mainly because I’ve been working hard at my new job, trying to get acquainted with projects and staying on top of current news in the energy efficiency and green building markets.  There have been a couple of interesting things going on, but none […]

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