Tuesday, June 30, 2009

We love concrete!

We are madly in love with concrete. Seriously! It's green, sustainable, strong, versatile, cost-effective, and can be absolutely lovely. Check out The Concrete Network here for ideas -- if you're not already utterly enamored of this amazing building material, you soon will be.

Science and politics clash in conservation

It seems a bit peculiar that many conservatives have chosen politics over science, especially in climate change. The word "conservative" after all includes "conserve," and generally speaking conservatism is about conserving and acting in a cautious, sensible manner. Somehow, however, modern conservatism finds itself in the bizarre position of acting reflexively against science, caution, and common sense -- simply because, oddly enough, the conservation position is associated with liberal politics. It's strange. Anyway, here is the NY Times' Paul Krugman with a sharp, succinct observation on this situation.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

BuildingGreen offers LEED A-P practice exam

The always excellent BuildingGreen is offering another great service:

BuildingGreen is making its unofficial LEED for New Construction Accredited Professional (LEED AP) practice exam available to BuildingGreen Suite members hoping to take the exam before it changes on June 30, 2009.

Their exam is as difficult as the real one, so be sure to take advantage of this.

Foodometer -- How much oil is in your food?

Here's a charming and very effective, educational video about how much oil is in our food -- from fertilizer to transportation. Yikes.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

You're Invited to the RD Weis Companies Detroit June 22 Networking Event

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks with RD Weis friends, colleagues, and Doug Young and Leigh Wright from Centiva.

There will be three or four options for the flooring in our CafĂ© -- we will vote on which floor we will install. We’ll also show you the design process that Centiva uses.

Throw your business card into our raffle for the chance to win an iPod!

This event is from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22nd at RD Weis Companies’ Detroit office: 25359 Dequindre Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
. Call 248 548 8434 or RSVP Dana Swartz at 248 548 8434 or email her, dswartz at rdweis.com.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

An Office Building Constructed From 32 Used Steel Shipping Containers

In ultimate recycling news, MetroGREEN Business journalist Jonathan Schein mentions the "Box Office," a Providence RI office building constructed from 32 used steel shipping containers, and due for completion in 2010. Apparently, nearly 40 percent of the building is already leased. The steel containers aren't the only thing getting recycled -- the building is in a run-down area, and this project looks likely to bring back some life. Excellent work all around!

The US EPA Has A Blog

The U.S. EPA has a new blog, Greenversations, here. We've added it to our reading list.