William McDonough and Michael Braumgart, founders of MBDC and authors of the popular Cradle to Cradle book, just announced the launch of their new blog, the Cradle to Cradle Community Blog. The blog looks to be authored authentically by the experts themselves, so we won’t have to chase after old Bioneers videos on Youtube just to get some wit and wisdom from McDonough himself. I can’t wait to read this, although it would be nice to have an RSS reminder every now and then. Simultaneously, they’ve announced the creation of the Cradle to Cradle Community Forum. The forum has subcategories for discussions on Cradle to Cradle Design, Innovative Materials, Closing Loops, and Cradle to Cradle Certification. There’s free and subscription levels within the forum and it looks like premium members get to participate in live chats. Fair enough.
If you’re like me, you want to be at the Greenbuild Expo, but there’s something keeping you from being there. Maybe you’re too busy making a green difference in the world and can’t break away. Maybe you can’t justify the travel to Chicago. Whatever your reason, it’s still nice to benefit from all the good information available at the event. Pop over to Greenbuild 365 for updates on what’s happening. Greenbuild started this morning with President Clinton and ends in a couple days. Right now, Greenbuild 365 has a video of Thom Mayne, founder and principal with Morphosis (we posted a podcast with him recently, too). I understand Greenbuild 365 will have more info as the event continues, so check back. Here at Jetson Green, we’re getting tons of info, so we’ll filter the best and blog about it over the next week or so.
Hot on the heels of a growing bundle of green retailers comes news of Kohl’s future plans for new construction. Starting in 2008, newly constructed retail stores will be built to LEED certification. Currently, Kohl’s has plans for about 80 new stores and the changes will include adding more insulation, using recycled or reusable building materials, ensuring that materials are locally supplied, and controlling lights, heat, and cooling from central headquarters to prevent excess energy consumption. Twenty-two stores in California will use solar power to supply roughly 40% of their energy needs, and three stores in Wisconsin will use solar to power about 20% of their energy needs.
- The market for true green homes is expected to rise from $2B to $20B over next five years.
- Energy-efficiency audits can find savings in places where consumers might never think to look.
- USGBC certifies the world’s first carbon neutral building.
- Clinton Climate Initiative and Wal-Mart team up to provide low-cost green building technology.
- Regency Centers launches formal green building program for retail developments.
Do you live in a house that has so much embedded history and character that it would be a major disaster if something ever happened to it? There are homes like that. A long time ago, a Pittsburgh department store businessman named Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., retained Frank Lloyd Wright to design a weekend home. That home is the famous Fallingwater. Kaufmann also commissioned Richard Neutra for home in Palm Springs. That home is the 1946 Kaufmann House, a masterpiece of glass, steel, and stone. But, as the story goes, it hasn’t always received masterpiece treatment.
If the house could speak, I think, it would have an interesting story to tell. Barry Manilow lived in The Kaufmann House for a bit. It was neglected and abandoned for some duration of time, when Brent and Beth Harris stumbled upon it. They bought it for a paltry $1.5 million and hired Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner to restore it. I heard Marmol talk about its restoration about a year ago — they proceeded cautiously and deliberately to bring all the subtle details back. The Harris couple acquired some surrounding plots of land and brought the glory of the original back to life.
Green Your Business, Lifecycle of a Green Product, Energy-Efficient Dwellings, + James Lovelock (WIR)
- 50 Ways to Green Your Business
- 7 Steps in the Lifecycle of a Green Product
- Kansas Coal-fired Power Plant rejected over carbon dioxide.
- Cement is crucial for growth in booming economies but an enemy of green.
- UA architecture students set out to prove that energy-efficient dwellings need not be expensive.
- Scientist James Lovelock says that global warming is irreversible.