8 ways YOU can help save our planet Many people are under the assumption that "going green" means higher costs and less efficiency. That is simply no


8 ways YOU can help save our planet

Many people are under the assumption that "going green" means higher costs and less efficiency. That is simply not true. In fact in most cases, going green can often save you money.

Here are some subtle and easy ways you can help save our planet:

Tighten your car's gas cap - Millions of gallons of gasoline are lost every year in the United States due to gas evaporation. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, (NRDC) we could fill the tanks of eight million sedans per year with the gas that is lost to evaporation,

Switch to concentrated laundry detergent - Less plastic containers that hold liquid detergent (which is mostly water anyway), means less packaging, and less fuel to transport them item to grocery shelves.

Turn off the lights - a single 60 watt bulb burning for 12 hours uses 6,300 gallons of water , (power plant steam use). That amount of water is your recommended drinking supply for 35 years.

Put your computer on sleep or standby - Do this all year and you could decrease your computer's power consumption by 98% when not in use and save $75 on your electric bill.

Test your toilet - Put in a drop of food coloring into the tank and wait fifteen minutes. If you see coloring in the bowl, you have a leak, which can waste 200 gallons of water in a single day.

Cut down on junk mail - go to catalogchoice and cancel everything you don't want.

Now how easy was that?


Photographing What Americans Throw Away and Where It Gets Resold



Thrift stores are America’s closet. A dumping ground for all the unwanted, unloved and out of date objects that once filled our collective lives. Thrifting is the pinnacle of repurposing and recycling, the ultimate study in sociology and an insight into the American consumerist culture all rolled into one-- occasionally strange smelling-- retail space. Follow us as we search far and wide across the country to see what we find and contact us to tell us where to start in your home state or rave about your fabulous thrifty finds!!!!



Spotlight LEED Project


Nove - Italian for nine — is a handsome nine-unit project in the Mission District of San Francisco. The green project features LEED Platinum certification and architectural design by Handel Architects. And, with purchase prices in the range of $975,000 – $1,600,000, eight of nine units have already sold and closed, according to Builder Magazine.

For energy efficiency, Nove has double-glazed AlumaTherm windows, Energy Star appliances, and blown-in insulation, while the exterior is completed with a modern blend of ipe, aluminum, steel, stucco, and HardiePlank.


Units have in-floor radiant floors powered in part by water collected from rooftop solar panels. Architect Glenn Rescalvo, partner at Handel Architects, told Builder Magazine that the combination solar hot water and high efficiency boiler system is projected to reduce hot water and space heating costs by about 63%.

Nove was completed in March 2010 with units from 1,200 – 1,600 square feet. The project was built on adjacent lots with a common green space running the center.

Article and photographs courtesy of JetsonGreen


Green in the News

Can We Make Electronics Without Factories? The Future of Gadget Design - Post-Industrial design is a play on words that tries to call out the inherent inadequacy of old-school industrial design techniques to create relevant products for a post-industrial world...read on

Farms' Renewable Energy Production Shows Big Growth: USDA - The number of solar panels, wind turbines, and methane digesters on America's farms and ranches has increased significantly over the past decade, according to survey results released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on February 23. There are now 8,569 operations producing their own renewable energy, according to the 2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey...read on

Tenants Taking to Pre-Built Green Spaces at Empire State Building - he individual, green, pre-built tenant spaces that W&H properties is offering in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle that are both move-in ready and will support a tenant’s LEED for Commercial Interiors certification aspirations...read on

Orbiting Eyes Capture Sudan Village Destruction - The photograph is the latest evidence that orbiting “eyes” can play a meaningful role in documenting abuses that, in times past, might remain hidden to the world. The analysis and dissemination of these images is being coordinated by the Satellite Sentinel Project, which was conceived by John Prendergast, a human rights campaigner focused on Africa, and the actor George Clooney...read on



Local Law 84 - The Deadline is coming!

All buildings in New York City over 50,000 square feet are required to submit an annual energy benchmark. We're here to help make it as easy as possible for you to meet this requirement, while putting a valuable financial evaluation tool in your hands.

Building owners and operators are growing more concerned with the upcoming deadline to have their properties properly benchmarked. Professionals in the industry are reporting a sharp increase in the RFQ's for building benchmarking. What surprises most industry professionals is how easily and quickly these buildings can be benchmarked - assuming of course you hire the correct professionals.

Benchmarking is easy-to-do, inexpensive, and accessible. In addition to supporting the requirement, we can provide intuitive monthly reports on your energy usage and spotlight opportunities for energy savings. The first benchmark report is due to the city on May 1, 2011, but there are benefits to starting as soon as possible so that you can take control of your energy usage sooner.

Own buildings in New York City? Let us help you comply with NYC's new mandatory benchmarking requirement (Local Law 84).

Click here to find out more information about benchmarking and complying with the LAW!


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