Three years ago, Macalester College decided to build a new home for its Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC), a program that educates students to become global citizen leaders. The building, Markim Hall, which was named for Mark and Kim Stricker, was designed to attain LEED Platinum certification as a way of reflecting the program's commitment to global leadership. Currently, there are 12 college campus buildings in the country that have achieved platinum-level certification, and Markim Hall is one of only two campus buildings in Minnesota designed to earn LEED Platinum certification.
This is a story about an interesting collaboration of five different organizations: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., Lundberg Design, 3Form, and Konarka. San Francisco needed to replace its existing transit locations, and the SFMTA selected Clear Channel for the contract based upon a transit shelter design by Lundberg Design. So far, the first five of roughly 1,200 new, sustainably designed transit shelters have been installed, and ~400 of the total will be powered by roof integrated photovoltaics. The shelters have wireless internet, NextMuni, and Push to Talk capabilities.
So the question is: "Is it possible for a golf course to be 'green?'"
In October 2008, we discussed celebrity Justin Timberlake's green plans for Big Creek Golf Course, and last week, some of these plans came to fruition. At the press conference on Friday, Timberlake discussed his experiment to green a golf course, and decided that it can successfully be done (see video below). Located just north of downtown Memphis, the newly renovated, par-72 course is now called Mirimichi, which means "place of happy retreat," and features 7,400 yards of play.
There's a 250 square-foot storage shed renovation making the rounds on the internet right now. Designed by Jeremy Levine Design (also behind the North Eagle Rock renovation), this new guest house features a prominent tilted, redwood clad wall that divides the bedroom and the bathroom. With abundant natural light and bold elements, the Silver Lake, California renovation also features some of the following green elements:
- How tight is too tight?
- It's decision time for LEED-ND.
- Quantifying the benefits of green buildings.
- Google Android about to shakeup home monitoring.
- Shooting for the stars or arriving at average?
- Successful retailers are embracing green practices.
- Green building projects thrive despite recession.
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We've recently launched a green building jobs board, so if you want to step out in front of smart, green talent, check out our free listings. If you're the smart, green talent, check out some of these positions:
- Sustainability Manager, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
- LEED Blog Writer & Editor, Confidential, New York, NY
- LEED Green Buildings Manager, Healthy Buildings Int'l, CA, VA, or NJ
- Executive Director, Int'l Institute for Building Biology, Nationwide
- Sustainable Fashion Business Partner, Confidential, New York, NY
Also, follow @greenerjobs on Twitter for more green job listings.