Buildings

Are You Interviewing Your Building?

Posted on February 8, 2017

The last time you applied for a job, did you ask about the ventilation, lighting and thermal comfort of the office environment? Probably not, but here’s why you should. Scientific evidence is emerging that proves the connection between the office building environment and how well you think and sleep long after…

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The Value Trifecta Driving Green Buildings

Posted on December 6, 2016

I recently helped host 300 green buildings leaders in London and Dubai. These are quite different environments but the discussions were remarkably similar. Green buildings save energy and water and will help the world urbanize more sustainably. Another recurring theme may surprise you. Green buildings add economic value for three…

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Better Thinking, Better Health in Green-Certified Buildings

Posted on October 5, 2016

In my last blog post, I talked about sustainable urbanization and the fact that by 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This means more buildings will be needed, and buildings already consume 40% of global energy. Clearly, the future of buildings and the future of…

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114 Years of Cool Air and Cool Innovation

Posted on July 21, 2016

This week we celebrate the 114th anniversary of “cool” just as a major heat wave settles over the United States and experts predict record warmth on a global basis for the year. On July 17, 1902, Willis Carrier invented modern air conditioning to help solve a production problem at the Sackett…

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Celebrating Unsung Heroes of the Green Building Movement

Posted on June 30, 2016

Last week, I had the pleasure of opening the “Oscars” of green building – the fifth annual EBie Awards. This special event, hosted by the Urban Green Council, of which I am honored to chair the board of directors, celebrates the best in existing buildings (that’s the “EB” in the…

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#TBT: SustainabilityView from Beijing and Singapore

Posted on June 23, 2016

Last week I packed my bags and headed to our 28th and 29th Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore. I had a great trip and enjoyed the opportunity to speak with many green building enthusiasts and sustainability thought leaders. Our special guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Allen, principal…

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Packing My Bags for Beijing & Singapore

Posted on June 10, 2016

  Our Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series has reached 3,200 attendees through 27 events in 17 cities across 13 countries. These numbers will grow next week as we kickoff this year’s first Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore. I’ll be joined by special guest Dr. Joseph Allen from Harvard, principal investigator…

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Ten Facts You Might Not Have Known About World Green Building

Posted on May 11, 2016

Green building continues to double every three years, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Green building continues to double every three years, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

If you follow the green building movement, you probably know that its growth is on an upward trend. But did you know that global green building is expected to double by 2018? A report released by Dodge Data & Analytics® revealed this prediction, with survey respondents projecting that more than…

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Guest Blog: Rachel Gutter – Good Food for Thought

Posted on April 15, 2016

GSCE 2016

I attended the Green Schools Conference and Expo to speak on a panel about school nutrition.

I recently attended the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo hosted by the Center for Green Schools. This conference brought together green schools thought leaders to advance the shared vision of green schools for all within this generation. The conference examined many aspects of green schools – from green playgrounds to…

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The Sustainability View from Down Under

Posted on March 30, 2016

Sydney Opera House

A great view of the iconic Sydney Opera House, which recently received World Heritage recognition as well as green building certification. It was one stop during my time in Australia.

Last week, I was pleased to participate in the Green Cities Conference in Sydney, Australia, co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia. Green Cities is Australia’s premier sustainability conference and I enjoyed meeting with fellow sustainability professionals “down under.” According to the World Green…

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