Sustainable Urbanization

The Year Ahead: What’s Next in Sustainability at UTC

Posted on January 18, 2016

In many ways, 2015 featured many successes in sustainability. Both the United States and United Nations recognized the reduction of food waste as an important climate mitigation strategy. We received great news in a new report by Dodge Data & Analytics®, showing that green building continues to double every three…

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History in Paris – Now Technologies Will Lead the Way

Posted on December 15, 2015

This weekend, history was made in Paris. For the first time, more than 190 countries adopted a landmark agreement, under which they will commit to lowering greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. The significance of this agreement cannot be overstated. It represents a direct effort to mitigate the effects of…

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Ending On a High Note at Greenbuild

Posted on November 25, 2015

Greenbuild Closing Plenary

A crowd of more than 3,000 green building supporters attended Greenbuild’s closing plenary, where I had the pleasure of participating in a panel on sustainability.

It was a busy and informative week at Greenbuild. I had the opportunity to meet with numerous green building professionals – and left Washington, D.C. inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm and commitment to transforming the built environment. Last Friday was the final day of the conference, which featured two great events. The…

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At Greenbuild – Quantifying the Green Building Value of Increased Productivity

Posted on November 19, 2015

What’s the value of increased productivity from improved indoor environmental quality in green buildings? At Greenbuild, we got the answer. New research released yesterday, entitled “Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings,” finds that doubling the ventilation rate in typical office buildings can be reached at an estimated…

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Recap: Greenbuild’s International Summit

Posted on November 18, 2015

Greenbuild International Summit

Greenbuild’s International Summit featured great conversation on important global issues.

The International Summit at Greenbuild was an important reminder of the work to come in December at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. International leaders face critical decisions about how best to address issues including climate change and rapid urbanization. Tuesday’s summit discussed the latest solutions to these issues, featuring…

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Greenbuild 2015: The Week Ahead

Posted on November 16, 2015

Greenbuild sign

Welcome to Greenbuild!

As this blog posts, hundreds of green building professionals are convening in the U.S. capital to discuss the present – and future – of the green building movement. We’re two days away from the official start of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo and there’s a lot of excitement here in…

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Advancing Green Building in the Middle East

Posted on November 2, 2015

This week’s Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series events in the Middle East couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the results of The COGfx Study. As this blog posts, I’m on my way to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. I’m pleased to be joined by…

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An Inside Look at The COGfx Study

Posted on October 29, 2015

Total Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Syracuse, New York

The COGfx Study was conducted at the Total Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Syracuse, New York.

Ever wonder what a research lab looks like? Today, you’ll get your chance. I’m pleased to share an inside look into The COGfx Study, supported by United Technologies.

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Intelligence is in the Air: Accelerating Green Building

Posted on October 26, 2015

We know green buildings conserve natural resources, minimize environmental impacts and improve the indoor environment. Now, a new study suggests that when it comes to the decision-making ability of green building occupants, intelligence is in the air. The COGfx Study, conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center…

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A Conversation on Sustainable Urbanization and the Future of Food

Posted on October 9, 2015

Urban Green Fall Member reception

At the Urban Green Council’s fall member reception, I had the opportunity to discuss how reducing food waste should be a part of sustainable urbanization strategies.

The future of buildings and the future of food were top of mind at this week’s fall reception hosted by the Urban Green Council, the U.S. Green Building Council’s New York City Chapter. As rapid global urbanization continues to change the shape of our planet, it’s equally important to build sustainable…

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