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 & Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn, New York. Once Carrier identified the way to reduce the dew point and lower…

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The Powerful Role of Aviation in Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on July 5, 2016

This post originally appeared on TriplePundit.com. Urbanization is a 21st-century megatrend impacting the future of aviation. In 2007, for the first time in human history, more people around the world lived in cities and towns than in rural areas. The United Nations forecasts the addition of 2.5 billion more city dwellers by 2050, meaning two out of every three human beings will live in an urban area. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has captured…

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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 award name) and the remarkable achievements of the sustainability leaders in the retrofit sector. At UTC, we’ve been pleased to sponsor…

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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 investigator of The COGfx Study, created quite a bit of buzz over the groundbreaking results from the study. This doesn’t…

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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 of The COGfx Study. Our first stop is Beijing, China – which is a fitting location to discuss The COGfx Study.…

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Sustainable Brands: #TheGreenEngine

Posted on June 8, 2016

I spent yesterday at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego. This year’s theme is “Activating Purpose” and the passion for sustainability from some of the world’s largest global brands was invigorating. UTC hosted its own special guest at the conference this year, the “green engine,” and a rather quiet guest I might add. But don’t let its quiet nature fool you; the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engine is cleaner,…

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Guest Blog: Green Building Council of Australia Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew on A New Decade of Disruption

Posted on June 2, 2016

This Sunday is World Environment Day, which the United Nations calls its “principal vehicle” for encouraging awareness and action for the environment. It’s clear that it’s important for the world to work together in many ways to ensure a sustainable future. Aviation, buildings and food are three key areas in which our future planet will be defined as population grows. For this reason, I could think of no better way…

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The Flight That Changed Everything

Posted on May 20, 2016

May 21 is a rather remarkable date for us in the aviation field. It marks the 89th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Pretty amazing, right? Lindbergh flew for 33 straight hours on his own, sometimes flying only ten feet above the ocean. He landed in Paris to a crowd cheering for his accomplishment. From that moment on, aviation and the way humans travel changed…

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What I Heard at the 2016 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum

Posted on May 18, 2016

I recently visited Montreal to attend the 2016 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, hosted by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) and its partners. It was a great opportunity for me to engage with the aviation industry’s ongoing commitment to tackle climate change. In a nutshell, below are some of my top takeaways. You can read more here. Every day, 9.8 million passengers take 104,000 flights carrying $18.6 billion worth of goods. The global…

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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 60 percent of their projects will be green. The 2016 World Green Building Trends report is full of comprehensive survey data…

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