Green Building

How Architecture and Landscaping Can Address Sustainability Goals

Sustainability features and employee engagement priorities are reflected in Zurich North America’s new Schaumburg, Illinois, headquarters. The 40-acre campus, which broke ground this…

India’s Environmental Challenge: How Will They Climb the Approaching Cliff?

It’s hardly a secret that India has been expanding in just about every way over the last 20 years or so. Its population,…

Using Fund for Teachers Grants to Research Sustainability

Educators use Fund for Teachers grants to research sustainability issues around the world, engage students as activists and innovators, and for personal development.

Free Utility Customers To Profit From the Clean Power Plan

Today's adoption of the Clean Power Plan begs this question: Why shouldn’t a utility customer be able to put solar on their roof,…

Acoustic Foams — Sustainable or No?

Acoustic foams are one key tool for making small spaces soundproof. But are they sustainable? Here's all the information you need.

The Tremendous Economic Loss in Old Office Furniture

Millions of tons of office furniture and equipment is discarded each year, and few people are paying attention. A sustainable approach would benefit…

Tiny Houses Are Gaining a Footing in North American Cities

Miniature seems to be in these days. For those who always wanted to own a house but couldn't quite stand the thought of…

New York City Plans the World’s First Underground Park

New York City asked, “How can we build more green space in our cities?” Then it asked an even crazier question, “What if…

Will China’s Environmental Cleanup Catch Up With Its Economic Development?

China’s green energy program is one of the largest, and most underreported, in the world. However, economic development is also a priority to…

Rowhouse Heat: Walking the Line Between Mandates and Good Sense

On March 12, the Department of Energy proposed a rule to raise the mandatory energy-efficiency standard for residential furnaces. This is all well…

Photos: Artfully Documenting Change in a Run-Down Seaport

Newhaven is a slightly run-down harbor town with a busy ferry port in East Sussex, England. In recent years, the area has received…

Waste Heat (Not Sweaty Bodies) Powering U.S. Sports Stadiums

Sporting facilities are finding innovative approaches to harness deeper savings beyond traditional energy efficiency initiatives. The University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Minnesota…

Breathe Easy: Keeping Indoor Air Fresh and Clean

As building envelopes get tighter, less air infiltration increases the concentrations of these pollutants, creating human health concerns. The primary approaches to protecting…

Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of…

Rio 2016 Olympics: Amidst Doubts, One Stadium Stands Ready

The 2016 Summer Olympics are now less than two years away, and the situation remains complicated in Rio. Demonstrations against corruption, poor public…