Innovative Home – Spring 2007

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This is the best $9.95, I’ve spent in a long time.  I read Innovative Home when it comes out every quarter, but the Spring 2007 edition is unbelievable.  Go get a copy.

Modern Green Living: An Impressive Database of Green Buildings + Experts

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Modern Green Living: My House is Smarter Your House™  A little bit back, I watched Josh Dorfman (owner + CEO of Vivavi, producer + host of The Lazy Environmentalist) unveil Modern Green Living.  According to the company, Modern Green Living is a "go-to source for those who wish to build, buy, rent, or remodel an eco-friendly home."  According to me, Modern Green Living is a nicely positioned website providing unparalleled access to (1) green experts and (2) green buildings. 

Green Buildings
Modern Green Living boasts a comprehensive and impressive database of green apartments, condos, and residential communities located throughout the United States and Canada.  It’s a veritable reservoir of information relating to modern + green structures, many of which have been featured on Jetson Green: The Visionaire, Arterra, + Green Valley Lofts (to name a few).  The site allows visitors to rate green buildings, research a building’s green credentials, and search for green buildings in a certain city.  As more buildings are built, this database is only going to get bigger and bigger.

Green Experts
Depending on who you are and what you need, Modern Green Living also has a database of green architects, green builders + contractors, green consultants, green interior designers, green realtors, and green remodelers.  Find who you need, where you need, and get yourself listed (if you fit in one of the categories).  Overall, I’m impressed with the site’s navigability and clarity–there really is a rich bank of information on green experts and buildings.  I’m also surprised at how fast the website has grown in such a short amount of time.  Go take a gander…

The Advent of "Green Options" + The Green Report (Updated)

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I’m going to keep this short, but as an FYI, the blogosphere is officially welcoming Green Options to the scene.  In full disclosure, I am a contributor to the site, so I have a modicum of bias as far as that’s concerned.  That said, I’m not so connected to anything to put myself in a position to not be honest.  If that makes sense.  Although Green Options is being heralded as new to the green scene, many of its contributors are old pros when it comes to the blogging world.  Here are a few heavy-hitters with their own blogs in parenthesis:  Jeff McIntire-Strasburg (Treehugger + Sustainablog), Michael d’Estries (GroovyGreen + Ecorazzi), Rebecca Carter (GreenerMiami + Ecorazzi), Shea Gunther (Musings of an Eco-Entrepreneur), Philip Proefrock (EcoGeek, contributor), and Amy Stodghill (It’s the Environment, Stupid). 

I like the simplicity of the site.  It’s clean and very easy to look at.  I really dig "The Green Report," not to be confused with the popular Drudge Report.  I can’t wait for The Green Report to get some big-time visits from the public, to watch news work its way around that page.  The Green Report is going to be like Hugg is to Digg.  If you know what I mean.  Nice job Shea + Jeff. 

Update (4/2/2007): In the interests of full disclosure, I thought I would mention that I’ve decided to no longer be a member of the Green Options blog team. 

VIDEO: Greenbuild 2006 – Reflections + The Future

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[Run time = about 10 min.]  "You inevitably have to think about the consequences of what you do.  What I’m doing could effect someone I’ve never met and never will, and maybe even isn’t even alive yet.  If you look at it that way, then you really have to approach everything you do with more respect: the materials you use, the people you work with, what is the life of this thing, and where is it going…"  – Lance Hosey, William McDonough + Partners

Head on over to the video produced by The Butler Bros, for some good conversation about this green phenomenon.  The video includes talk from Deborah Snoonian (Plenty Magazine), A. David Lester (Council of Energy Resource Tribes), Bo Barber (Nood Flooring), Holley Henderson (H2 EcoDesign), James Jarret (Shaw Industries Inc.), Sven Eberlein (Smith & Fong Plyboo), and Caleb Ludwick (Tricycle, Inc.).  Via SSF

Skyscraper Sunday: LEED Candidate MintoSkyy (Toronto)

Mintoskyy_northeast Going green isn’t all that difficult when sustainability is woven into the fiber and fabric of your company’s existence.  There are a few companies in the business world that survive on a green business strategy.  Right now, it might be a niche play, but things change as everyone else comes around.  Minto is a Canadian real estate company with a history of quality, green developments.  Green is in the company’s fabric.  In 2006, Minto received the Canadian LEED Silver for MintoGardens (Toronto), a 34-story condominium complex.  Now, they’re going after another LEED certification with MintoSkyy.  Minto builds to LEED standards to "promote healthier living, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save residents money, and contribute to a healthier planet." 

MintoSkyy is all about living in a modern, sophisticated environment with expansive windows and breathtaking views.  In addition, suites will have individual meters for water and electricity (you pay for what you use); energy efficient thermal windows; an "all-off" switch at the front door that lets you leave knowing all the lights are off; and energy efficient appliances.  Minto also has a rigid common area management system that minimizes consumption of light and energy resources.  Also, the building will rely heavily on recycled materials, environmentally friendly paints, and a green roof (which reduces heating + cooling costs).  Located at Broadview + Pottery Road in Toronto, this 23-story condo tower looks pretty good to me.  :: Minto ::

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View from MintoSkyy (on the right)

Green CBS Radio, Wal-Mart's Sustainability 360, + The Green Premium (WIR)

Week in Review
  1. U.S. Homebuyers Will Pay Premium For Green Homes – More than half of homebuilders surveyed report that buyers are willing to pay a premium of between 11-25 percent for green-built homes. The same builders report that the average green homebuyer is between the ages of 35-50 with a college degree and fair understanding of green products.
  2. CBS RADIO Launches its First ‘Green’ Focused Radio Station – CBS RADIO announced the launch of 94.7 The Globe, its first "green" focused radio station. The Washington D.C. station will operate using renewable energy to power its 50,000 watt signal. This move will contribute to lowering the threat of global warming through the purchase of energy resources generated by wind. Additionally, station vehicles will be replaced with hybrid models.  See also 94.7 The Globe
  3. Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott Unveils ‘Sustainability 360′ – President and CEO Lee Scott today unveiled "Sustainability 360" — a company-wide emphasis on taking sustainability beyond reducing the company’s direct environmental footprint to engaging Wal-Mart’s associates, suppliers, communities and customers.  Scott also announced the company’s intention to introduce "Global Innovation Projects" — one of which is a challenge for Wal-Mart associates and suppliers to start thinking about how to remove non-renewable energy from the products the company sells.

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